I had a program tonight, at the Spirit of the Woods Chapter of the North Country Trail Association annual meeting. But since we had to head northeast for that anyway, Om and I decided to ride another piece of the White Pine Trail. The next segment was kind of short, but that turned out to be fine because we stopped to take pictures and would have run out of time if it had been longer.
The fall colors here are just about at their peak. I've been trying to avoid filling this blog with them, attempting to wait until they were excellent. But I think that you can expect to see a lot of this for the next few days, especially if we continue to have these nice Indian Summer days.
Blogging has made the world a smaller place, and due to a question in the comments a few days ago, let me explain that in the northern temperate climates, each fall the leaves of deciduous trees turn colors before they fall off the trees for the winter. Generally, one can predict the colors by the species of tree (although there are sometimes oddballs- I have one to show you another day). Actually, these are the "real" colors of the leaves. It's just that in summer the chlorophyll overwhelms it and makes them all look green.
Various factors of the weather will determine the brightness of the displays. Places with mixed forest, known for exceptional color displays are often tourist destinations. People can take relatively inexpensive mini-vacations driving around to see the trees, perhaps visit a farm market and have some fresh apple cider, buy a pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern, maybe let the kids wander through a corn maze.
Fall is a beautiful and fun time of year.
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