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The road not taken through fall foliage

Are the fall colors slowing down?

The road not taken through fall foliage

The road not taken through fall foliage

The fall foliage season has been going gang busters from mid-Sept till the 3rd of Oct, but over the past few days the Fall colors seem to be tapping the brakes.

I’ve been getting reports with pictures from disappointed folks telling me “the color is muted”. When I look at their pictures I see green trees and not much in the way of fall colors.

I was talking with a reporter at the Boston Globe about creating a map to reflect where the colors are currently. Yankee tries to do this, with their foliage spotters sending in reports and that is a valiant effort but the thing that I feel makes this untrustworthy is “perceptions and expectations”.

One man’s peak fall foliage is another man’s faded colors.

My perception and expectation of what peak color is, may be more stringent than yours or visa versa. It’s truly hard to take another persons testimony on finding Peak fall color at face value.

a few days ago I posted a picture of what I considered faded color of russet orange and golds and someone said that it was beautiful color.

I have to realize that my perception and expectations are not always yours so I try to temper my faded foliage calls, so that you will still enjoy the fall colors that you do find.

Foliage reports over the past few days

For those of you not on my New England fall foliage Facebook page or in my World wide fall foliage community on Google plus, then here are a few reports be made. The first is from Beth in the Eaton NH area.

Ann Dinsmore, caught this image of Eatons little white church . (South of the White mountains) Head East out of Tamworth to find it.

Posted by New England Fall Foliage on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Next is Mount Snow Vermont

My visit to Mount Snow October 6, 2014. Plenty of great color to be found!

Posted by Beth Reis on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chocorua pond, Chocorua New Hampshire

The bridge at Chocorua Lake. It was a rainy, dreary day so I coudln't photograph Mt. Chocorua over the lake. Instead I…

Posted by Michelle Jenne on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Here is an album on birch trees and fall foliage colors from different years.

A white and black paper Birch tree stand in front of orange red and gold maple leaves. Taken in a maine conservation area near Rangeley Lake. Copyright Jeff Folger

Posted by New England Fall Foliage on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

One last one by Nancy Marshall of Sleepy Hollow in Vermont

It's looks like always the birch are getting bare but the rest haven't turned yet… What are your thoughts Nancy?

Posted by New England Fall Foliage on Tuesday, October 7, 2014

 

What my foliage crystal ball holds for us leaf peepers?

From what I see on my Facebook foliage page much of the mid sections of VT/NH and ME are still in the process of getting full color.

So if we get sparred any strong rains over night and into tomorrow, we will then have ten days of partly sunny days which will really make the leave start to pop again.

New England Fall Events for the coming weekend

Damariscotta PumpkinFest and Regatta Damariscotta, ME October 10th – 13th, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/182

Fall Dog Party at Dog Mountain St. Johnsbury, VT  Oct 11 2014, 12:00pm-4:00pm http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/354

Twilight Hike at Sholan Farms Leominster, MA  Oct 10 2014, 8:00pm-10:00pm  http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/241
HONK! 2014 Festival of Activist Street Bands Somerville, MA Friday October 10th – Sunday, October 12th, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/316

Cranberry Harvest Celebration at A.D. Makepeace Company Wareham, MA  October 11 & 12, 2014  http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/80

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My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff 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.
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Are the fall colors slowing down? — 7 Comments

  1. I completely agree that colors are muted this year and a good amount of trees are lacking leaves. Sunday I took a drive from Waltham, MA up to NH through Plymouth, Ashland and ended up in Lincoln before heading home – I found a good amount of green, yellow and orange with barely any red. More green near home than colors but the trees with color are loosing leaves. We barely had a storm this morning/last night but looks like western MA was not so lucky with a possible tornado touching down in Easthampton.

    • Thanks Debbie. I head out Thursday evening for a full day on Friday. Butch posted this… Butch Drove from Rt 89 in NH (good color along 89 from the VT border) down Rt. 103, Rt. 114, Rt. 77, Rt. 13 (NH) to Rt. 119 in MA. Drove Rt. 119 to Rt. 495. Good color all along the way. If anything it was still a little on the green side but should turn fully soon. Plenty of color to shoot.

      this info good for Oct 2014

    • It was not a tornado but a microburst that did the damage on the West side of Mount Tom in Easthampton, with some other areas also suffering damage. But the leaves still for the most part look good around Western Mass. You may also find good color in Northern Worcester county now through the weekend.

  2. We leave Sunday, flying into Boston…will head to Burlington, Vermont Tuesday morning and then later in the week head up to Bar Harbor. PLEASE tell me we are not too late! This is our “Bucket List” trip 🙂

    • Hi Beckie T. I think Burlington will have good color and Bar Harbor should be nice. Are you on my Facebook page? There are daily updates on the page.
      Here are a couple of reports from today.
      Nick Gates This morning we drove from belfast to augusta and seen some amazing color and we have been from albany ny to providence ri, boston , portland since saturday and today was the best!

      Butch Lombardi Drove from Rt 89 in NH (good color along 89 from the VT border) down Rt. 103, Rt. 114, Rt. 77, Rt. 13 (NH) to Rt. 119 in MA. Drove Rt. 119 to Rt. 495. Good color all along the way. If anything it was still a little on the green side but should turn fully soon. Plenty of color to shoot.

      Hopefully this will keep you going till you get here… 🙂

  3. Hi Jeff,
    We just visited Stowe, Vermont yesterday October 7th. and I would agree the colors are definitely ‘muted’ – it didn’t help matters that our coffee and muffins at the Black Cap Coffee cost $12.50 !! Put a real damper on the experience. However the drive up through Smuggler’s Gap was lovely! Many opportunities for close up photography – the hills are fading but there are still plenty of trees with green foliage.
    Thanks for the updates, we appreciate them 🙂
    Eddie and Helen

    • Lisa says “That’s Stowe” Everybody goes there in the Autumn so prices are higher. If you waited until you got to Morrisville or Harwick or other small town, you would find small town local coffee solutions… I went into a place and it had green mountain coffee and of course Folgers. 🙂 Since my name is Folger, I asked if this was for me?
      My morning coffee
      Thanks for the update

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