The autumn leaves will soon be here!
Keeping things in perspective
Most everybody is saying the autumn leaves are going to be early and I suspect were going to see about one week early on average. I was looking at my 2010 foliage report for 14 September and here are some excerpts:
- (2010) Butch Lombardi was up in Maine last weekend and says compared to last year the color is late,
- (2010) Here in Salem the sumac’s haven’t turned
- (2010) On the NH foliage page they say the sumac are a brilliant scarlet in the North woods, The rest of the state is mostly green
- (2010) Linda LaCroix up in Williston VT she is seeing splashes of color
- (2010) Linda Baird-White Says the sumac’s are turning but real color is a couple of weeks away
So if those reports were 14 September 2010, and if you take that and compare it with the current reports, it just doesn’t seem that we’re tremendously early. Many Internet reports are all about the Midwest where the drought was severe and those trees are at peak already. Here in New England, basically we got more rain, so we’re in better shape.
Autumn leaves outlook for Vermont and New Hampshire
Mike Blanchette of Blanchette photography (one of my New England photography Guild photographer friends) had this to say “I did a loop drive yesterday through Franconia Notch, up to St. Johnsbury, over to Peacham and Cabot, then down to Marshfield and the Groton State Forest. (shows and approximate area)
The foliage change is still very early and subtle. You can begin to see light color change on the trees, especially on the birch trees, but most of the autumn leaves remain green. Every once in a while, you come across a vivid red tree, but they are the exception at the moment.
Northern Vermont has a tad more color than the White Mountains but not by much. I tend to agree with your assessment that foliage will come early this year, at least one week ahead of usual. But it’s still early in the game.”
Based on my reports over the past 10 years and what I’m hearing from photographers in the northern New England areas we are indeed about one week ahead of where we have been over past years.
My viewpoint on the foliage scheduleSo overall I think were about a week early and I would say the last week in September should be great above the white mountains, in the Northeast kingdom and North and East of Rangeley Maine.
I do not believe anyone needs to be worried about changing their reservations unless you are planning on showing up the third week in October into the Northeast kingdom and wanted to see peak fall foliage. In that case, yes, I would change my reservations.If you’ve been reading my blogs for the past year then you might have made end of September reservations for the Northeast kingdom or North of the White Mountains and in which case you are still good to go for great fall foliage.
Counterpoint to my opinion
I do have a report in from Aroostook Maine from the Park manager. Scott Thompson says the colors are appearing early this year. According to Scott: “Many visitors from away are showing up, meaning that fall tourism is starting. Leaf colors are starting to show that we are about two weeks ahead of schedule to the peak colors”.
Fall foliage and focusing on what’s importantFor the next week or two I plan to be photographing everything summer related. I will continue to look forward to autumn’s arrival but I don’t want to lose sight of what is here right now.
I haven’t written about that “Zen moment” that I always try for. That Zen moment is just being in the here and now and focusing (enjoying) a single moment. it’s not easy to do! I know for a fact because I have a little ADD and focusing on any one thing and really enjoying it is fleeting at best.
So make your plans, make your reservations, but don’t lose sight of what’s right in front of you. enjoy the last week or two of summer weather and get out to a beach near you.
(This Zen moment brought to you by Jeff Folger) 🙂
Things going on in Sept/Oct in Maine
Have you ever asked:
- Why do the leaves change colors?
- What triggers leaf fall?
- How do I identify trees?
Well if you want to take a hike with a park ranger you can find all this out and more. The Bureau of Parks & Lands partnered with the Maine Forest Service and Project Learning Tree to provide you with a unique hiking experience.
Starting on Sunday, Sept 17th in Aroostook state park there will be a three mile hike. Then on successive Sundays (the next is Oct 4th in Grafton Notch state park) there will be more hikes.
To find out more about when and where go to the: Take it outside website.
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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.