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It’s that gorgeous time of year in the Lost Sierra… crisp nights, warm days and foliage making its magical transformation from green to all shades of yellow, orange and red.

There’s a leisurely pace to the color changes this year. During the drought years the color changes were unspectacular and lasted a short time. But this year nature is putting on quite a show.

You don’t have to go off the beaten path to find bright colors. Downtown Quincy is full of deep reds and oranges on the main drag and on the streets surrounding the courthouse. Graeagle has some bright spots of red in the Graeagle Meadows complex and the aspens all over town are shimmering in bright yellow. Along the Feather River you’ll find more aspens in all shades of yellow, cottonwoods in deep gold and willow bushes glimmering burnt orange in the setting sun.

Further into the mountains and in the forest, the colors are often more subtle, but no less beautiful. Wind through your favorite parts of Lakes Basin and take in the oranges, yellows and reds you’ll find from large aspen trees to smaller gooseberry bushes and a host of varieties in between.

For those of you who, like me, have wondered why leaves change color, this article provides a succinct explanation. There are additional article suggestions following the article.