We have this beautiful picture of a Japanese temple on our calendar this month. Aren't those maples gorgeous? The leaves on our mini-Japanese-maple haven't really started turning quite yet, although it is supposed to cool off the next few days so that may be coming soon. Contrary to most opinion, the leaves do change in California, we don't have the same trees in the same numbers as say Maine, but at higher elevations, where it gets cool enough, biology holds forth, and the color changes ensue.But, wait, here are some leaves that have definitely changed color recently, turning the corner, this brilliant red orange appears. No, you don't want to collect those leaves to display on your table at home, that's poison oak! You know it is almost Halloween when the poison oak turns colorful. It sure easier to avoid it when it is this stand-out color. It is still pretty green down by the river though. Soon, some of the overhanging trees will turn yellow and get very spooky and bare.