Matt Tilghman Photography

Left Behind

I often hear my friends from the east coast say "I think I would miss fall too much," regarding moving west. Or even my friends who are out here already say that they do miss fall. This always confuses me, because there is certainly an autumn here in Northern California. It's true, many of the landscapes are dominated by evergreens or other trees that don't turn. But there are certainly pockets of hardwoods that change color in a brilliant display, you simply have to know where to look. My favorite place for fall in the Bay Area is Uvas Canyon, about a half hour outside of San Jose. On this visit, my eye was particularly drawn to the forest floor, especially the ways in which the leaves and streams interacted with one another. Shown here is the foot of Granuja Falls, and a lone leaf that has been left behind by his comrades.