This is the second 2021 I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report for New York State. Reports are obtained from volunteer field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. I LOVE NY urges travelers to follow all COVID-related public health and safety guidelines while enjoying the foliage this season. Visitors should call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. More information on New York State travel and COVID-19 is available here.
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New York State’s 2021 fall foliage season is underway, with the first signs of the spectacular seasonal colors to come appearing in the Adirondacks and Catskills regions, according to volunteer observers for the Empire State Development Division of Tourism’s I LOVE NY program.
In the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake spotters expect up to 10% color change this weekend. The summer greens are starting the cycle to autumn brilliance with subtle traces of goldenrod and copper, and the soft maples are providing a patchy, rhubarb splatter. Elsewhere in Franklin County, the color transition will be less, with Malone and Saranac Lake each predicting 5% change. Essex County spotters in Wilmington, Jay and Au Sable Forks predict up to 10% color change this weekend as muted shades of red and yellow begin to appear. Foliage change around Whiteface Mountain Ski Area will only be about 5%. Lake Placid spotters are predicting around 10% color change with mild shades of yellow and muted shades of orange. In the Adirondack Hub area of Newcomb look for up to 10% color change with subdued shades of yellow and red beginning to appear.
Being first isn’t always a good thing. For example, trees that are first to have their leaves turn color are definitely losers. Premature autumn leaf color change is a reliable indicator of failing health, and the worse a tree’s condition, the sooner it begins to turn. Although the display of colors that our hardwoods produce each autumn never fails to fill me with awe and appreciation, when it starts in late July or early August, it worries me.
This fall foliage report for Oct. 7-13, 2020 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY
In the Adirondacks, foliage is reaching peak in Essex County in the Crown Point area around Lake Champlain, with more than 95% color transition predicted for this weekend. Look for a very bright mix of yellows, oranges, reds, and purples. In Ticonderoga, reports predict 75% change with bright red, yellow, and green leaves, along with some purple. Foliage spotters in Lake Placid predict past-peak conditions with 100% color change and muted shades of red, yellow, and burnt orange. Reports from Newcomb predict complete transition and past-peak foliage with bright reds, oranges, and yellows. At Whiteface Mountain, foliage will be just past-peak with shades of red, orange, and green, along with remaining touches of purple and yellow. The area around the mountain will also see past-peak conditions, with mostly muted reds.
During the fall, a change occurs with maple trees that is prominent and apparent. As the daylight hours decrease green leaves turn to colors of vibrant yellow, burnt orange and an array of shades of red.
There is a list of species of Maples that add to this colorful splendor, from Sugar, Norway, Amur and more but one in particular changes more than its leaf color — the Striped Maple.
Many people have a hard time identifying the different species of maple by the bark in Summer but the Striped Maple possess a smooth, variegated green, reptilian-looking bark that can be noticed with ease.
This fall foliage report for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY
In the Adirondacks, near Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab in Franklin County, spotters predict 80-85% color change with peak to some just-past-peak conditions. Look for a lush kaleidoscope of dandelion. goldenrod, ginger, russet, orange crush, scarlet, raspberry, claret, and merlot leaves of above-average brilliance. Reports note that with no frosty nights and pleasant temperatures (and barring damaging rain), the foliage in the area will continue to be breathtaking through the weekend.
This fall foliage report for Sept. 23-29 comes courtesy of I LOVE NY
In the Adirondacks, Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab spotters in Franklin County report that recent frosty nights have brought out the fall colors and the foliage change will be at least 50-55% this weekend.
Some areas expect even greater change, with leaves approaching near-peak conditions. Look for above-average shades of pineapple, buttercup, mahogany, copper, apricot, tangerine, plum, bittersweet, and ruby.
Happy (almost) fall! While the fall equinox falls on Sept. 22 this year, the cooling temps and foliage color changes have found me peeking through the Almanack archive for articles about autumn.
Here are a few for your review:
- Early pops of color: From 2018, Paul Hetzler on trees that change early.
- More early color: Paul Hetzler also wrote about the same topic in 2015
- British soldier lichens, which add to the fall color
- Fall color, explained: From 2013, an explainer article from Amy Ivy, former executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Clinton County office.
- Fishers in fall: A wildlife story from last year.
Where I live, autumn typically starts in late August, when pockets of red maples start to turn scarlet around the marshes and lakes. Uh oh. As they say in Westeros, “winter is coming.”
But not before we get to enjoy fall. Yes, a Northeastern autumn is a postcard cliché. Yes, the tour buses and land yachts full of leaf peepers clog the roads. But, really, who can blame them? No matter how many you’ve seen, fall in the Northeast is still one of nature’s most awesome spectacles.
And, so, so ephemeral. » Continue Reading.
We need to figure out how to put Amazon in charge of delivering the weather in the future. Whatever service Ma Nature is using seems to be falling down on the job lately. I don’t believe she intended to give us a record-setting wet summer; I just think all the good weather probably got misplaced on a loading dock in Topeka, or something like that. The spate of mild sunny weather in mid-September, while very enjoyable, was clearly meant to be dispersed over the course of June and July to break up the nonstop rain, some of which was no doubt tagged for 2016. I’d be willing to pay a premium for timely delivery next year.
In addition to widespread euphoria, dusty cars, and dry laundry, another effect of all this sunshine is red leaves. This requires a bit of explanation, given that sunlight typically makes leaves green by activating chlorophyll. This verdant molecule at the center of the photosynthesis miracle is what makes the world go ’round. Some claim it is money, but they need a reality check (so to speak). Without chlorophyll the sole life on Earth would be bacteria, whereas without money we’d merely have to adopt a barter system. Given that chlorophyll and currency are both green, it’s easy to forgive the mistake. » Continue Reading.
By December, foliage season is long over for us humans, but it’s peak season under the water. Last month, fallen leaves accumulated in our streams and rivers, starting a process that’s critical for the nourishment of everything from caddisflies on up the food chain to eagles and even people. In fact, most of the Northeast stream food supply originates in the form of fallen leaves.
The bright yellow and red piles that accumulate on river rocks and fallen branches are not nearly ready for consumption by discerning invertebrates. The witch’s brew of natural chemical compounds that discourages insects from eating green leaves on trees, can be just as repellent to creatures that scavenge freshly fallen leaves under water. First, cold water must leach out those chemicals. Imagine the process as soaking and re-soaking a teabag. During this period, the leaves are also colonized by microscopic organisms. For a hungry invertebrate, the cleansed layered leaves, covered in fungi, bacteria, and algae, make a sandwich Dagwood could be proud. » Continue Reading.
As a wee lad I was told a story wherein the bright summer sun would bleach pigment from clothes hung on the line, and save up the colors to paint on autumn leaves. Thinking back on that yarn it occurs to me that solar dryers (a.k.a. laundry lines) and fall leaf color change are similar in how they operate. They’re both elegant and cost-free, but their performance depends on the weather. » Continue Reading.
If trees held a race to see which would be among the first to have their leaves turn color, the winners would be losers. Premature leaf color change is a reliable indicator of failing health, and the worse a tree’s condition, the sooner it begins to turn.
Precious few places in the world have a fall color show like ours, and the display that northern hardwoods produce each autumn never fails to fill me with awe and appreciation. But when it starts in July, as was the case again this year on some roadside maples, I know those trees aren’t long for this world. In early August even some forest hardwoods growing on thin rocky soils began to show color, which is also unusual. » Continue Reading.