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maples just turning orange and gold in late autumn

Where to look for the fall colors

Cape cod autumn colors of a scarlet oak next to a white church

White church next to red oak

Are you still out looking for fall colors? I know I am. It’s getting tough and while the hills aren’t covered in bright colors they have turned a beautiful russet and dark red. Today’s foliage report talks about where to look for the coming weekend.

(Basically head to the coast!)

slanting sun peaks between the branches of maples with bare branches

Rows of maples have already shed their leaves

The red oaks are replacing the sugar maples and the few late maples are far and few between. I drove down to Connecticut getting off I-395 in Thompson where a row of maples were bare but a block away these maples were fully leafed. (Pictures at left and below taken without moving, except for turning 90 degrees).

Remember what I said about peak? “For me “peak” is a myth because almost always at least some of the trees turn early while others turn late. So while you have some trees in great color, others are bare and to me if this happens then you don’t have peak.”

maples just turning orange and gold in late autumn

CT street with trees just coloring up for autumn

From Thompson CT we headed out Route 21, where I found a favorite farm to photograph. Many of the trees are bare but there is still some color to be found.

Then we traveled the back roads with names like Riverside road and 5 mile river road. To be honest we found many more bare trees so I headed east to Rhode Island, hitting 94, 102 and route 7 north into Massachusetts.

Best color was found in MA

We thought Medford was actually looking nice for color but with the sun clouded over and it was also approaching rush hour out of Boston (talk about a scary time in New England). So I hope you’ll forgive me for pushing on home with no pictures.

If I had been blessed with late afternoon sun and some nice colors I would have stayed around Medford.

Fall color thoughts for the next week

If you follow my Facebook page you will see that late fall foliage colors are still being found in the Champlain valley of Vermont or even around Quechee on lake Pineo as seen below.

Some Late fall color by Guild photographer Butch Lombardi so get up to Quechee fast!!!

Posted by New England Fall Foliage on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The best color will be along the coast lines and in and around Boston on the common and areas around town. Also the red oaks are extending the fall colors even further. and you can a trip down to Cape Cod to enjoy the low season. Few tourists, lighthouses and lots of red oaks can contribute to a great vacation experience.

Events coming up this weekend

Haunted happenings and Harvest flavors

The crisp, cool weather brings in all the wonderful flavors of autumn! Earthy root vegetables, pumpkins, fall fruits, and hardy winter squashes are some of the farm favorites that you will find in roadside farm stands. Whether they have haunted mazes or you seek out those scary night time adventures, this time of year brings the thrills and chills each evening till Halloween.

RI-Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Pumpkin glaring at youYou can visit Rhode Island and the Roger Williams Park zoo. This Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular will return this October 3 through November 3 with an incredible display of 5,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns representing regions of the U.S.A.


haunting ghost over tombstoneJoin us for a haunted Halloween celebration that features fun for the entire family! Walk through the haunted schooner and be sure not to run into the spirit of a ghostly sailor along the way. Listen to scary stories for all ages and watch as “The Curse of the Demeter” unfolds with three spine-chilling scenes inspired by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Explore our pumpkin patch and hear songs of the season.

MA-Boston Vegetarian Food Festival

garden vegtables, tomatoes, carrots and peasThis Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!

MA-Haunted Happenings-Salem

Zombie walking in Salem MA

Zombie walking in Salem MA

A sure favorite! A listing of all Events that are taking place during the month of October. Whether you come to Salem, MA for a Costume Party / Ball, Parade, Cemetery Tour, Psychic Fair / Seance, Haunted House, Children’s Activities, Historic Museum, Trolley Tour, or Ferry Transportation there is something for everyone here (especially in October).  *Also* There is supposed to be a Thriller flash mob dance at the willows on Sat night (26 Oct)

NH-Nightmare New England

bleached white bone of skullsSituated outside, along the banks and forest of the Merrimack River, visitors of Nightmare New England will experience the dark countryside as a central character in this twisted trail of terror.  Located in Litchfield, N.H., the scream park offers something for everyone, with five haunted attractions on location, restaurants, bars and more.

VT-Billings Farm & Museum

farm building with siloThere’ll be horse-drawn wagon rides and cranking pumpkin ice cream, plus pumpkin carving, doughnuts-on-a-string, “not-so-scary” Halloween stories, pumpkin games, and animal programs. Costume parades at 12:00 & 2:00 p.m., will be led by one of the Billings Farm’s friendly Southdown ewes and all children will receive a ribbon.

ME-10th annual OgunquitFest-Ogunquit ME

orange pumpkin carved to welcome youWe welcome you to our 10th annual OgunquitFest, a fun-filled weekend of fall-themed events. Activities include pumpkin and cookie decorating, costume parade, classic car show, craft bazaar, Halloween fun house, high heel race, bed race, ghost tours, wagon rides, storytelling, and a scarecrow contest.

 A sad note, The Four Corners of New England will be closing on this next Monday so if you want to come down and enjoy Pickering Wharf and explore the store to see what sale items are going for then be sure to stop in.

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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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.
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