Leaf tourists had better get moving. My unscientific observations, based on a weekend trip south of Buffalo, indicate that peak—at least around here—seems days, rather than weeks away. We were surrounded by red and gold during the drive down and back from Ellicottville, New York, which is ski central during the winter and foliage central during the fall. Except that fall just started a few days ago.
In Buffalo itself, trees are also turning rather quickly. This could be the result of a premature chill we had last week (sans frost), and I am sure that away from Lake Erie it was even colder. I don’t really know about the timing of the big leaf peeping regions in New England, but want to think that they are similarly accelerated. However, Yankee magazine has a playable foliage map that Huffington Post calls “ridiculously cool.” Check it out. (According to my interpretation of it, looks like there will be plenty to see in CT and MA through mid-October.)
The only place I’m not seeing the beautiful warm tones of chlorophyll breaking down is, of course, around my house, where the Norway maples rustle their dull, dark masses overhead. Those leaves will be descending upon us around Thanksgiving time. Damn them.