Peak Fall Foliage Reports
For many of us, there is nothing better than a fall foliage trip on a bright,
sunny day. Nature has painted the trees in a brilliant array of yellows,
reds, scarlets, and crimsons of varying hues. It is only fitting that we
get out and enjoy the splendor that God and nature has provided. It lasts
but a few weeks. Don't hesitate, or you'll miss it!
Fall foliage lovers fondly refer to their trip as "Leaf Peeping", or "Leafing".
Whether you're out "leaf peeping", or simply have gone "leafing", it's lots
of fun. Many combine the trip with an overnight stay at a bed and breakfast,
lunch at a countryside restaurant, or by taking a wine tour at a winery or
When to go is important. The best time to go leafing, is on a bright,
sunny day during peak season. This means you may have to be a little flexible,
taking a day off on short notice.
What causes the leaves on trees to change color? You may recall from
science class that chlorophyll in leaves gives them their green color. When
trees stop making cholorphyll, the green color is replaced with the brilliant,
colorful leaves of fall. Nature's signal to the trees to stop producing
chlorophyll is warm, sunny days, and increasingly longer, cool nights. The
brilliance of colors is influenced by weather from spring to fall, with
temperatures and amount of rainfall playing a key role.
Gardener's: don't discard those leaves in the trash. They contain
lots of nutrients to replenish your garden soil. Not all leaves are alike.Oak
leaves a a bit acidic. The best leaves for your garden, with a fairly neutral
pH, are maple leaves.
Fall Foliage Reports
Knowing when the leaves are at peak, is as important as being able to take
the time off from work. Nature brings leaves to a peak color each year, but
at varying dates. If 'ya don't want to miss the peak colors, then 'ya gotta
know when peak foliage times are each year. Keep attuned to reports on your
local news station. And, check out state leaf reports.
Here are some key links to leaf color reports:
Hampshire Foliage Reports
New York Fall Foliage Report
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