One of my favorite places to go (locally, anyway) for Fall color is the slightly sinister-sounding Genetic Resource and Conservation park in Chico. Located back behind the Safer Arms gun range, the park has rows of rare and unusual trees. They are responsible for establishing pistachio and kiwi fruit to the US. In fact, the original two kiwi trees are still producing fruit and are the oldest (1934) kiwi trees in the States.
Set on over 200 acres, the park is under the control of the US Forest Service and has walking trails and a creek running through the middle. In the Spring and Fall, it is wonder of color and variety. I sound like a freakin’ ad for the place. Whatever. It’s a great place to go with a camera and some time.
I hope you’ll enjoy a few of the shots I took while there. All were taken with a Nikon D7000 and either a Nikon 24-120/4VR (my current favorite lens, it rarely leaves its place on the front of my camera) or a Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, one of my favorite rectilinear wide angle lenses. A nice, light kit for short-range photography. The perfect compliment on a Spring trip would be a 60 or 105mm macro for all the bugs!
The shots were all taken in uncompressed raw and post-processing and DAM work handled by Lightroom 4.1 (thanks again, Len). Some were also abused by OnOne Perfect Effects 4.