Winter in SoCal looks so much like fall in much of the world. Every day I am seeing snowy photos from Europe on my Instagram feed, and as I walk the streets of Claremont, I see trees a season behind.
I’ve heard that east coast people planted liquidambar trees (also known as sweetgum) here for their colorful foliage.
Before the colors change, the trees look like this:
Some leaves turn yellow.
These days we are seeing some orange and red.
The seed pods are called gumballs (or ankle busters) and are quite prickly.