Maybe you missed it? The peak fall colors have arrived!
Frosty temps earlier in September have created favorable conditions for turning colors. The coming week is showing daytime temperatures in the 60s to 70s and night-time temps from the upper 30s to 40s. What we need now is continued sunny weather…
What about the dry conditions? We need rain?
This query came into my comments over the weekend. I hate to say it but it’s too late! Much of what the leaves were going to do was written back this summer. A dry September means a lower incidence of Anthracnose and less moisture means the sugars are concentrated and brighter. BUT!!!
It also means that it doesn’t take much to bring those leaves down! Wind and rain are the flip side to the gorgeous color that the dryness brings. Too much drought can weaken the colors just like too much rain. Everything in moderation!
The other part of the equation needed! Sunshine!
A dry September coupled with bright sunny days will usually mean a shift to brighter colors and more reds (or it sure seems like it). In 2013 I called it the year of the reds because I saw a ton more reds that were bright and strong. This sentiment was mirrored other photographers.
This autumn has been on the sunny side and when I came through Maine and into New Hampshire, I saw… Well that’s next. 🙂
Peak fall color arrives in New Hampshire
We drove from Rangeley Lake Maine on Sunday the 28th and all along Route 16 we saw high color straining towards peak fall color. We got a flat and this caused us to slow down the trip but the fall colors helped to cheer us up. When we got to Errol we stopped at the gas station and it also is their hunting and camping, tourist stop.
From here we headed along the Androscoggin river and past Umbagog State Park. The colors were such that we continually caught our breath in wonder. As we headed south from Berlin to Gorham the colors maintained the common theme of bright reds and orange colors.
I began to wonder where our luck would run out (both the tire donut we were on and the peak color).
We hit the parking lot for the Mount Washington auto road and while the reds were still there, they were a bit darker and Lisa and I thought we’d seen the leading edge of color.
By the time we got to Jackson and the North Conway scenic overlook at the north end of Conway, the colors were mostly green in the distance.
This week the colors should start to appear, south of Pinkham Notch and will be fading further north.
Why am I seeing all these reports of color in CT and MA?
Normally we don’t see much color in the southern New England because the temps stay warmer down south. The cold this year like the past couple has blanketed New England which has caused more trees to start turning where it normally turns later.
Am I going to see Peak in CT now?
I am only getting reports of single trees and swamp maples turning. I don’t expect the Litchfield hills or Rhode Island water ways to turn in October like other years. If you are happy with one tree in ten turning then you can head to the southern states.
If you want to see hillsides dotted with the colors of the rainbow then you will still want to follow my suggestions on where to go or where the tourism folks are saying it’s peak. (take that with a grain of salt)
This coming weekend, sun and possible rain, where to go?
Jane Ogilvie from Green Mountain photos is reporting for Vermont:
I biked up the mtn road (route 125) this afternoon and couldn’t believe my eyes. The (Smugglers) notch and Stowe approaching Peak..
Another report from Judy Lombardi in the Woodstock VT area and Golden Acres Photography:
This photo is from a PREVIOUS autumn but I wanted to attach it to my message about how the foliage is rolling out here…
Butch Lombardi of East Bay Images has this report for Rhode Island:
Foliage along Rt.24 between Fall River and Taunton is showing some decent color. Along Rt. 44 from Taunton to Plymouth has spotty color with a few spots showing color but they are all isolated. Around Norwell-Marshfield still mostly green with the exception of one isolated Maple that was in full vibrant color. I drove back from Norwell by the back roads passing through Kingston and Halifax. Mostly green with some color beginning to show. East Bay area of RI is starting to turn but early stages.
Tracy posted this to my comments section:
Just wanted to pass on some leaf peeping info for your readers.
I live in the northern White Mountains of NH (Milan, Berlin, Gorham area) and we’re currently at peak. This past weekend we’d experienced perfect weather; showing the most vibrant color I’ve seen in years. Although we ‘d received a killing frost over a week ago that I believe may have caused early peak for my area by a week and a half; anyone planning to visit this area will likely miss the peak after the next day or so. However, points south of Bartlett/Conway should be at or near peak by next weekend.
Fall foliage on Google plus
If you want to see fall foliage from just everywhere I started a Fall foliage Google plus community for the world and I only have 200+ members so far but these are from people everywhere. So feel free to come and enjoy! Maybe you’ll post some from your own corner of the globe?
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Pumpkins on the Pier Festival Saturday, October 4th, 2014 (rain date: Oct 5th) Milford, CT http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/323
Read about why Pumpkins on the Pier is one of our favorite annual events!
Apple Days at Old Sturbridge Village Saturday and Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2014 Sturbridge, MA http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/65
Champlain Mini-Maker Faire at Shelburne Farms Saturday and Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/350
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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.