July 18, 2013
The big question is “Will the record breaking rain in Vermont cause us to lose the fall colors?” I figure I’d ask this question, before all of you start hitting me with it…
I’ll go out on a limb and give a qualified maybe! In other words, I don’t think I’d start worrying, unless we get steady rains over the next month or two. One thing I want you to do is this.
When it’s about time for your fall foliage trip then make sure you stop back here and check the road alerts for the states you’re heading to. (you can find the state road reports on my left sidebar) and see if you have any issues to worry about. Then work on alternate routes.
For instance, Vermont had several washed out roads by the end of this past June’s monsoon season (rainiest on record!), but they will be fixed within a week or two.
But if we get too much more rain, we could get more back roads washed out. So proper preparation is the key to having a great foliage trip.
Reports of early color!
I’ve started hearing talk of early color and even I have seen a leaf here and there in full color. Any reports of “early color” are just stressed trees. Examples of stress on trees:
- They are near a pond with high water levels (likely this year) and their roots are under water.
- They are young and don’t have deep enough roots to have a continuous source of water during dry times
- The have sustained an injury and the part of the tree is shutting down prematurely (simulates autumn)
- There may be other reasons…
This artistic image is from later October in Vermont’s Northfield area. Four covered bridges within a few miles of each other and two of them are just a few hundred feet of each other and you can look through one while photographing the other. (lower and middle Cox river bridges). This one is the upper cox river bridge.
So even if you are driving on a cloudy day and it’s been raining and the colors aren’t what you’d like… Then do what I do and make a good picture even if you don’t think one is there…
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Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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