Question on fall foliage timings
Comment: I am planning a group fall foliage walk in metrowest Boston (maybe Natick) for sometime in October. Which week do you think would be best? Our tentative date is October 23; do you think peak fall foliage may have already passed by then? (Our group plans ahead and does not have much flexibility to change the date or location once publicized.)
My answer…Old Sturbridge Village covered bridge
Hi Elizabeth, I would think between 18 to 23 Oct should be good dates to play with. As long as we don’t have the problems like last fall (and a few others) where a warm weather pattern holds over the top of New England and slows the color change to a crawl (or a dead stop).
In 2010 I found great color on 26 Oct in the Saugus area so Natick and 23rd could, would, should be good also. This is an image from 26 Oct in Saugus http://photo.vistaphotography.com/massachusetts/h35ad2a9#h35ad2a9
And this is out west of Natick on 14 Oct in 2009 in Hardwick Massachusetts. http://photo.vistaphotography.com/massachusetts/h20bd769f#h20bd769f
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