About Us — And How To File A Nevada Fall Color Report

Nevada Fall Color is the only website completely devoted to letting you know exactly where and when fall color is appearing throughout the state. Freelance writer Kimberly Wilkes and her professional photographer husband Patrick Wilkes started the website in 2021 to pay tribute to one of the most spectacular times of year in Nevada.

Kimberly and Patrick Wilkes

We’re Looking For Fall Foliators: File Your Nevada Fall Color Report Now

What’s a foliator? It’s Patrick’s term for someone who is passionate about viewing fall foliage. Are you a fall foliator and enjoy taking photos of the color in Nevada? Then send us your pictures along with your fall color report to [email protected] We rely on volunteers like you to share the beauty of Nevada’s fall season with others.

Here are the requirements:

• Photos must be no older than a week

• You must include the date the photo was taken

• Photos should be jpg and at least 1 MB in size. Cell phone photos may work if they’re higher quality but photos from digital cameras are usually better.

• Include the location

• Include photographer’s name

• Give us a report of how far along the leaves in the area are using the following percentages:

Patchy: 5% - 20%

Getting Better: 20% - 50%

Near Peak: 50% - 75%

Peak: 75% - 100%

Fading: Mostly gone but still some color here and there

All Gone

We’ll write blog posts about your photo and your experiences taking the picture or we’ll post your photo on our Facebook page or other social media sites. We’ll always give you credit for the photo.

Anyone who submits one or more photos is giving Kim and Patrick Wilkes and Nevadafallcolor.com permission to publish your photos, name, and reports on this website and on our social media sites. If a newspaper, magazine, or other media outlet wants to publish your photo we will reach out to you first for permission.

We do not have a budget to pay for photographs or fall color reports. However, in celebration of the first year of nevadafallcolor.com, around November 15, 2021 professional photographer Patrick Wilkes will choose the best fall photograph submitted through fall color reports throughout the season. That person will win a $50 Amazon gift card. Kim will also write a blog post about the winning photo.

Although we can’t pay for photos or reports, having a photo appear on the site is good recognition and exposure for you and your photographs.

If you’re a writer who has written an article about fall color in Nevada or other topics of interest, we may be able to link to your article in a blog post. We can’t guarantee it, but send it to [email protected] and we’ll determine if it’s useful to our readers.

When Is The Best Time To See The Color?

Here’s when things usually start to change:

• 9,000 Feet and Above – Mid-September through early October

• 6,000 – 9,000 Feet – Late September through mid-October

• Below 6,000 feet – Early to late October

Cottonwoods in the valleys of Nevada usually change from early to late October.

In Southern Nevada at the lower elevations, you could still see color from early to mid-November.

About Kimberly and Patrick Wilkes

Nevada Fall Color was created by freelance writer Kimberly Wilkes and fine art photographer Patrick Wilkes. Kimberly’s articles have appeared in Sierra Living, Tahoe Quarterly, Nevada Magazine, Sacramento Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, and many more. Patrick Wilkes is a fine art photographer with a passion for taking photos in places of historical or cultural significance. His year-long exhibit “Four Seasons of Pyramid Lake” appeared at the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor’s Center. The Carson Valley Arts Council also honored his landscape, animal, and nature photos at an exhibit in their Copeland Gallery in Minden.

The husband and wife team, who live in Gardnerville, Nevada, are the authors of and photographer for a series of guidebooks including:

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