Peak fall foliage, or “where’s the beef? Do you want to know? So does everybody else!
Many, in my network of photographers have been complaining like the dickens, even they are having trouble finding peak color. But overnight the color started changing and this morning I started getting calls that bright! Peak fall foliage was popping up in the mid sections of Vermont and I had a call yesterday from Kate Brown at the Canterbury Shaker Museum and she says they’ll be peak by this weekend.
So get out there before the rain hits on Thursday!
Peak fall foliage was found over the Columbus Day weekend
New Hampshire views:
Many leaf peepers never get out of the car and IF, you’ve read my articles and took notes you know that I say “you need to get out of your cars”. This isn’t just to stretch your legs. It’s also to get out and explore and that is when and where you will find peak fall foliage. Read on to see what getting out of the car can get you…
As you can see here Chris Whiton went up to the White Mountains, got out of the car and took this shot. You can reach Chris through his Facebook page.
Jim Salge, a New Hampshire photographer who is a New England Photography Guild Photography Guild member and Yankee Magazine’s foliage blogger was out searching for color this weekend and he found this wonderful shot on Lake Katherine. This tiny lake is only 10 miles (as the crow flies) south of Sugar Hill NH where I said last week you should be able to find some good color.
Jim Says “I’d really recommend Plymouth NH up to 25C, not far north, and worth the trip!”. So I bet over this week if you explored south of Sugar Hill you should find some really pretty color.
Peak fall foliage found in Maine
Here is a shot from Sunday by Roger of Currier’s Flying Service. This shot is between Moosehead Lake and MT. Katahdin. It makes me want to parachute in!
I just had a call from Mary Jo who comes up from Texas to view the fall foliage each year and she was so disappointed that she found no peak fall foliage color over the past 10 days (and this is a very experienced leaf peeper).
As they took off for Maine I told them what I told all of you last week, head to Rangeley Lake. Well Mary Jo just called me, they drove up Route 17 to Rangeley and she said that was glorious color and the best in the past 10 days. Peak fall foliage of red and gold’s were seen all the way up to Rangeley. She also said Route 113 was terribly rough on their rental car and the covered bridge at Sunday River didn’t have much color but great views.
Did any of you follow my advice and go this weekend to Rangeley? I realize that my advice is just a guess but I’m usually pretty close as I base it on reports from friends in my network of foliage spotters.
Just so you don’t think Vermont was left out, here is a shot from Linda A. LaCroix of Back Woods Photo’s in Williston VT. The image was taken on October 9th and was on Browns Trace Road, Jericho VT
Berkshires showing Peak?
I had a report of peak fall foliage in the Berkshires but from talking to Jim Salge (Yankee’s foliage blogger) and we doubted this was accurate and even the Berkshires.org website’s current update on foliage says that it’s just starting to pick up. I think this week will decide much since we are supposed to get rain on Thursday and Friday and if it’s gentle on us and if we get, right back to Sunny conditions on Saturday then the following week will turn out very nice for Southern NH/VT/ME and MA.
Forecast for this week
The last six days of sunshine have done what I thought and reports are coming fast, saying the peak foliage is coming south. Even though we got a couple days of near record temperatures, I found one of the maples in my yard has turned a very nice red over night.
I would say it’s going to be an interesting week with the temps dropping and the only joker I see is the rain in the forecast for Thurs/Friday. I think no matter what we are going to start to see color developing in the mid sections of VT/NH/ME.
Stay tuned and I’ll post updates here and on my twitter page so follow along with Foliage_reports and you’ll get updates as I get eyeballs on the foliage!
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I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.