The New England foliage season takes a breather and so do I!
First! the color isn’t all gone OR done, so please read on…
I just read the beginning of the Globe Article about the Arboreal Oracle and my “uncanny ability to predict peak fall foliage” OMG!! I must be good... 🙂
First! I merely look back at past years and tell you all where to go. So if you plan accordingly and plan for bad weather and other things to see you should set up to enjoy your vacation in New England AND find some nice foliage.
The Arboreal Oracle has been on the go since mid-September with so many things from getting articles out to you on where the fall foliage is showing and trying to not neglect my own yard and chores… Yes I have a “honey do” list to prep for the New England winter to come.. 🙂 And of course family obligations which involved the loss of my uncle this past week.
What is Mother Nature doing to my fall foliage?
Well, Mother Nature seems to be taking a pause from the outstanding color that was so easily being found this past week or two…
Before you start telling me that “But I have reservations!” and I will remind you that I always tell you to have alternatives from finding the colorful autumn leaves. Have some other interests in mind… With rain I look for indoor things to do or be ready to peep from the car window… OR you dress for rain and go hiking on the trails in the rain… (I know not as much fun).
Current conditions & where to find some color!
Ok, with the rain and wind we have lost some leaves so the perfect peak foliage that we had we are looking at spotty color in many areas. Also Peak only lasts a day to a few days depending on the year. Even without wind and rain Peak remains bright for 1-3 days and then turns a golden hue and starts to gently fall to the ground… But we have been getting hit with rain and light winds and the leaves are falling fast.
This shot was taken on cloudy or even rainy days. I don’t let the rain keep me from shooting and you shouldn’t either.
Maine looks promising!
The last report from the Maine foliage page say they had low leaf drop but that was before the rain but I think this is your best bet for the rest of the weekend.
You will find good color in many areas where the trees may have been protected from the wind and rain. I don’t have a report from Maine but Butch on Friday said great color (full peak) in the western Maine area around Rangeley Lake. But that is now several days old… and rain has been falling there..
NH Lakes region
I would say the color that I saw around Squam lake/river and Winnipesaukee should hold on pretty well and this coming week is supposed to be rain free (hear that Mother Nature, rain free!!) So If you get your maps out and drive around the lakes and maybe as far north as Tamworth NH and south to Alton bay you should see some nice color..
Massachusetts autumn color
Central Mass is slowly coming into it’s color and there are patches of real nice color. I was down at Sturbridge Village on Sat and the area is looking nice but isn’t peak… So the color is spotty but still very nice. I drove the back roads until I arrived in one of my favorite spots, New Salem on the border of the Quabbin Reservoir. The color was good but again the leaves were coming down pretty good. It may still be good today but not much past that. Here is a link to the NEPGuild Facebook page where someone posted an image to Bish Bash falls in Mass. There are many more also so stop in there and at New England fall foliage on facebook.
I would say try over in the Champlain valley on Route 7 and see what the color looks like to the west of the Greens or on Route 100 on the east of the Greens. No one has made a report since I was there except for Butch Lombardi of East Bay Images (NEPGuild member also) and he said the same as me, that “the area around Woodstock has gone by and suggested further south”.
Over all thoughts!
No I’m not going to tell you it will be spectacular or otherwise since “Spectacular” fall color and full peak takes a certain set of events to happen.
- First we have to have a good long period of dry stable weather with sunny days and cool to cold nights (not freezing)
- Second, we need no rain once the leaves have turned because this is when they are at their prettiest and their weakest and will fall off with a gentle breeze.
We had this in Sept and the first week of October and we had by my experience some of the best peak fall color that I have ever seen. I don’t think we’ll see peak like that the rest of the season but I hope that the color will be good through the more southern areas.
I’ll be looking at the reports and get more posts up here as I get them but you should visit my twitter and FaceBook pages for faster updates. I try to pull over and make them from the road if I get a chance. (Also if Verizon has service in that area)… 🙁
I hope you are having a wonderful vacation in spite of the weather which this morning was sunny and cool here in Salem… Yes I was out but I was down at the docks photographing the Friendship and another visiting three masted ship that was tied up nearby.
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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.