By Kim Charles

Delicate leaves of Aka Shigitatsu sawa Japanese contrast with Japanese forest grass.

Irvin and Pauline Faria reflect on one stunning fall season in CA.

"Winter now with us we still have memories of our beautiful 2016 garden of Fall foliage colors. Through these photos we take you through five landscape elevations of our woodland garden. Maple trees in these corridors enjoy the best of horticulture worlds with periods of direct and filtered sunlight and constant moisture. The garden has its own ecosystem created by the running creek and canopy of oak trees. Dogwood, birch and Japanese maples provide a kaleidoscope of color from delicate leaves in early spring to the pyrotechnics of autumn."

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Contrasting foliage of a Katsura Japanese maple.

The brilliant crimson foliage of Sherwood Flame Japanese maples.

A canopy of Acer palmatum Japanese maples.

The north garden landscape of Japanese maples.

Japanese maples from a Monet-like collage through the landscape.

A scene from the wildlife preserve portion of our property.

Massive trunks of 52 year old Acer Palmatum Japanese maples and the sharp yellow foliage of a V-corbin Japanese maple. A bronze wind sculpture is suspended in the foreground.

An area of the upper garden as seen from our bedroom windows.

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