It’s been my experience in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area—indeed pretty much everywhere around it—that Fall is fleeting. Usually, there is wind, or there is rain, or there is something that washes the Fall colors to the ground. So far, this year appears to be shaping up differently:

Fig. 1. Along Oak Grove Road, leading into Graton, September 25, 2012.

Even so, views such as this (figure 1) are becoming harder to find. Apple orchards—and pretty much anything else agrarian—are disappearing, and being replaced with a monoculture of vineyards in Sonoma County. That doesn’t bode well if Bill McKibben is correct about the unsustainability of our present food systems.[1]

  1. [1]Bill McKibben, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (New York: Holt, 2007).

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