Some Scrub Oak were brilliant red.
Hmm, a few yards later, I saw this guy on the ground. Yup, that's a rattle on the end of his tail - that I bet could sound like a swarm of bees when being rattled. What a moron I can be!
I had a reasonably long lens with me so I could take this closer up photo. He's one of the midget rattlesnake species from that area that have particularly poisonous venom.
Well, that showed me that taking photos from the ground had its dangers. I'd been eyeing an arroyo with cottonwoods in it. The photo is just one small section of a long line of trees. I took from a distance with my handheld camera.
Here's the short video that I made.
And here's a photo from directly over the most brilliant part of the arroyo.