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Saturday, October 8, 2011

White Pine Trail- Tustin to Leroy

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.

White Pine Trail

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.

yellow autumn trees

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.

red maple leaves

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rainfield61 said...

Fall is always beautiful.

Those leaves tell that.

Duxbury Ramblers said...

Every season has beauty - I love them all and yes which ever season we happen to be in I love the best :)
Your trees are well ahead of ours for colour - we have a lot of leaves on the ground due to the strong winds.

Ann said...

I was just wondering the other day if the leaves colors were determined by the type of tree or if it was determined by weather and moisture content.
It's looking very colorful around here now too and I really need to get out with my camera before it's all done

Secondary Roads said...

The seasons have their beauty,
You know I love them all,
But when it comes to colors,
You cannot beat the fall.

Unknown said...

Great color shots. I hope that there is some left for us this upcomming weekend!

vanilla said...

Oh, that's okay, Joan. We don't mind seeing your pictures of fall's splendor. Like it, actually.

The Oceanside Animals said...

Fall was always my favorite season back in New York. The other three seasons (snow, rain, and bugs) just didn't do it for me.

Unknown said...

Great pics of the fall trees. I think you are a little ahead of us, but they are coming along here too.

jeanlivingsimple said...

Fall is beautiful in NW Georgia but I feel that it is hard to compare to y'all in the Northern States.
Love the shot of Red Maple leaves!

spinninglovelydays said...

Fall is my favorite season, so I always welcome photos depicting it, especially since we don't get to have it (the season) here. Love the red of those maple leaves! :)

Sharkbytes said...

rainfield- you would love it- it whispers continuously

Carol- we have years like that sometimes. They trees just get dull and the leaves fall off

Ann- It seems to be over so fast!

Chuck- hey- nice rhyme, but that's like saying water is wet!

John- I think you'll see some of the best this weekend!

vanilla- super! Our colder climate seems to generate brighter colors.

Dennis- the two best reasons to like winter hiking- no bugs, no poison ivy

Jean- The tv says we are about a week later than usual

Jean from Georgia- The colder climates get brighter colors.

Ivy- when you were in the states were you a place (and time) to see them for real?

Ferd said...

Beautiful! Especially the red maple leaves!

Our fall is just beginning, with peak color at the higher altitudes around 5,000 ft.
We'll be at peak color by the end of Oct. Your pictures make me look forward to it all the more!

RNSANE said...

We still haven't had a great deal of leaf color yet. I'm sure up in the Sierras, though, it must be beautiful. I wish I had the time to take a trip there before I head off to India. Your pictures are just beautiful.