Much is made of “peak” foliage season across the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Around here we drive to Letchworth and Ellicottville at just the right weekend in late October when the colors are hottest.


But I also love the contrast between summer green and fall red when the leaves just begin to turn, as you can see at top and above. These pictures were taken in Niagara Falls, at the Whirlpool gorge and Deveaux State Park.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Our landscape in southern Wisconsin is doing a bit of everything depending on the tree — sugar maples are spectacular while the Korean maples are barely coloring and moosewoods have just about lost their leaves.

    Thanks for bringing back memories of Sunday afternoon trips to Letchworth with my parents and sisters. Not long after we got married, I dragged my husband to Letchworth (he loved it) and we stayed overnight in the Glen Iris Inn — a dream since childhood!

  2. I’m with you – I love the early changing, too. What I love best is the tapestry of all the different colors together – green included, but I haven’t seen “the look” just yet. Things are odd this year – the sugar maples are usually the last to turn, and they are already turning.

  3. Cameron, the mountains of North Carolina are bursting with color now. You can see some of it on my blog. Like I can tell with Elizabeth’s pictures, getting fall color to show up on pixels with the same intensity like you see with your eyes is one tough nut to crack. I keep trying.

  4. I ought to have said in the post that these shots were taken in the worst possible conditions, high noon with a bad shadow falling over a lot of the gorge.

  5. Elizabeth, this year we really have hit peak on Columbus Day – and that includes a lot of green still. I love the tapestry effect on our hills. I’ve got a photo on my blog, my excuse is just a pretty basic camera.

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