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The fall colors are on the way!

Well I’m going down my top signs that fall has arrived in New England article  and I may have to change the fall colors order since I seem to be on number 8 (Dunkin’ brings back their pumpkin flavors. AND  Pumpkin flavored everything!) But the #10 honking geese overhead has not been noted yet…

Geese pointing to the fall colors

Geese on high pinting the way south in Fall

This could be because the geese’s innate senses of when the weather is turning, is confused. We are looking at another few days of possible heat wave. So the geese are in no hurry to head to their southern grounds.

2012 fall colors in Vermont

Fall colors around the bend in Vermont (2012)

I’m only worried about a few things (Notice I didn’t say panicked). But worry (or concern) is where I’m at so far. I have heard from Jim Salge (Yankee’s foliage blogger) about patchy color development this year and that seem accurate enough. I’ve been telling you for years that the fall colors rarely happen in a full wave but are more like a splash in a pond with ripples spreading outward. You throw 3-4 small pebbles in the water in different locations and then the colors spread out from that location.

So you will likely be driving along and all the trees along the road are in gorgeous colors and then around the next bend not so much. This may be worsened by the drought. In 2012 the heavier drought of that year made a mess of crops like corn and apples and cut pumpkins back by half in New England. But the fall colors, when found, were spectacular. They were also short lived as they fell off the trees quickly and with little provocation.

Fall colors in 2012 at the beaver pond in New Hampshire, #Vistaphotography #JeffFolger

2012 fall color at the Beaver Pond in New Hampshire’s Kinsman Notch

This year will most likely be very similar; with very bright colors (moderate drought concentrates the sugars and color producing pigments). So far, we are staying very warm and while cold is one switch that can be tripped for the leaves to turn (and hasn’t) there are two others. Amount of day light diminishes and the amount of sunlight. We’re just under 13 hours of daylight right now and nothing will change the days getting shorter.

Even with the temps on the warm side we have also had almost no rain (bad) but no cloudy days (great for bright fall colors). This Labor Day weekend is clear and sunny across New England so the leaves should be getting super charged by the amount of sun. So lots of daylight and lots of sugars in the leaves can produce the some of the best fall colors.

But if the second half of September goes over to rain everyday cancel all that I said above! Mother Nature can be very fickle.

So I’m heading downstairs for my 2nd cup of coffee and I think I’ll throw a pumpkin spice K-cup in the Keurig and sit out on the deck in the warm sunshine and enjoy the warmth. I may long for the fall colors of autumn but I’m not all that interested in what follows any more than any of you.

cup of coffee on the deck

cup of coffee on the deck

15 days and 20 some hours until the 1st day of autumn and the fall colors!

Escape today

Happy foliage explorations my leaf peeping friends!

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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.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

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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September’s arrival heralds worries about fall colors — 17 Comments

  1. Hi! Thank you for all your lovely posts and info!
    I apologize if I’m not seeing where you’ve already addressed this or putting together the information correctly, and I also realize it’s not your main area, but would you be able to give me an estimate on when you would expect peak season for the lower Hudson Valley to occur – as much as anyone can, of course? 😉 We have an October trip planned for 10/23-25, but I was thinking about changing it to 10/9-11. We actually live fairly close to the place we’re going, and I can see leaves are already starting to change – but unfortunately I think they’re more being cooked than anything else. I worry that the 23rd will be too late, and the 9th too early. By my own estimates, the weekend of the 16th would be best but we have other plans that weekend.
    ANY insight would be GREATLY appreciated.
    Best wishes, and thank you again,

  2. Hi Jeff, we are another family from LA travelling to beautiful New England from Oct 3 – Oct 6th. We are planning to stay in Stowe, and N Conway. I would like to know from you if we will see near peak colors during that time in those areas, or if we need to drive up north (or east or west!). Thanks!

    • Hi Pradeep, I think I’ve heard from you before or there is someone who has visited this site with your rather uncommon name. 🙂 I think you will be good for dates. I think the colors are going to be early but not so early that you’ll miss anything… I would do Stowe first and then Conway due to the different elevations.

  3. Hi Jeff. We’re coming from L.A. On the 5th and we’ll spend 3 days in southern VT before heading to the Maine coast for another 3 days. Any recommendations for costal color in mid to southern Maine?

    • Hi Jennifer, You might want to push just a little further north to a more central VT location. You could pick Manchester VT as this is a pretty little college town and nearby is Hildene, the Todd Lincoln home and that is interesting to explore (search hildene on this site) you can go up the road (route 7) to Danby and the Silas Griffith Inn, very nice and rustic. Tell Kathy that I sent you. I don’t know if will get you more than a giggle but you never know… North of that is a bigger town of Rutland (more urban as ski towns go). You can jump on Route 100 to see the small towns along 100 that will have B&Bs (not many hotels) From here north your are in Central VT and you can look at Woodstock $$$ or outside Woodstock $$, depends on your budget… I hope this helps.

  4. Hi Jeff! I found your webpage while researching when the colors will change for this fall 2015. My partner and I are thinking about planning a trip to Falmouth, MA so I can meet his family and see where he grew up and also we are planning to take a scenic road trip around Vermont where we will camp along the way. (Any suggestions for scenic roads where we could camp would be so helpful).

    We were looking at traveling through Vermont around Oct.14-20, 2015. I have never been to Vermont or have seen the fall colors before and am very excited to feel and see the beauty that the fall has to share. 🙂 I am from Northern California in the foothills south of Lake Tahoe. Is that a good time to see the colors or will we miss them? I have no idea how to plan this so we are there at the right time. Any help and guidance is very welcome…

    We are seriously considering moving to Vermont and we want to get a general feel for the state and how perfect is the fall to see Vermont in all it’s beauty!


  5. My first trip ever to the New England states and I will be there Sept. 26- Oct. 3. Hoping for the most spectacular color ever. Due to husband’s work schedule we’ve never been able to travel in the Fall. This is my favorite time of year and the first year we get to travel. My dream trip has been to be in the middle of all the awesome beauty of the photos u take. After researching the best Fall folliage to see, your area was a no brainer! We are from Texas and my husband doesn’t understand why we have to go 2000 miles to see the leaves change. Hoping the color is as breath taking as your photos so I can get my point across. Can’t wait to be there. Loving Gods beautiful creations! Kelly P.

    • Well those dates in Northern VT and NH should bring you really good if not great fall colors. This year we are fighting a drought and at the end of this week we’ll be getting some rain but it’s almost to the point where we don’t want too much more… I think you will be able to wow him though… Let me know how it goes! Also keep up on the Facebook page

  6. Absolutely love the Autumn and everything about it. This year I think I’m going to add a new twist. I think I’m going to take my wife of 33 years back to the town I grew up in as a boy and just walk some of the streets in the cool, crisp air and falling leaves. It will probably (almost certainly) conjur up memories of days long gone. Then, we’ll go to her hometown and do the same. It will likely be the basis of some deep conversation.

  7. I had my first pumpkin beers this weekend! Early for me! I am also relieved that my stay up in Northern Vermont and New Hampshire is September 25-27th this year. It seems it might be perfect timing up that way! 🙂

  8. The last line of your message said it all.
    Fall = Wonderful
    The season after fall (the W word) = Ick!

    Regarding the pumpkin flavors coming out this time of year, don’t forget about my personal favorite – The pumpkin blizzard at D Q!


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