The Mesmerizing Colors of Fall in Marin

This is the week! Get out and take in the breathtaking passionate colors before they disappear….

“Like other East Coast transplants, I often get nostalgic for the fall colors that embolden New England and the Tri-State area this time of year. During the 11 years I spent in San Francisco, it was hard to find trees that turned the signature hues that characterize autumn.

Luckily back then, the customary November zip up to Wine Country granted me a taste of the vibrant shades I craved even though they were mostly embedded in the leaves of the grapevines. But having moved to Marin 7 years ago, dotted amongst the various oaks, pines, bay laurel’s and other non-color changers as my East Coast friend likes to call them, I am able to get a taste for autumn once again.

Certainly, the trees here in Marin have their own fiery and passionate personalities. Every year, I fall in love with the bright yellow gingko leaves that carpet the ground below and the Japanese maples whose tender wispy leaves turn from deep red to orange. And even if there is a smaller concentration of autumn color out here in California, I have learned to appreciate the few brilliant ones that stand out in the sea of green.”

Originally published on Bravo Your City. For original story see

Copyright by Mary Serphos


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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