Welcome to Autumn!

The autumnal equinox will arrive Thursday morning.  The shorter days and cooler nights to follow will usher in a new season of vibrantly colored foliage throughout the area.  Read about the status of fall colors throughout New York.  View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves.

Wild Geranium

Here is a list of other autumn activities to consider:

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective.  Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Happy trails!

Happy Autumn!

The autumnal equinox will arrive early Wednesday morning.  The shorter days and cooler nights to follow will usher in a new season of vibrantly colored foliage throughout the area.  Read about the status of fall colors and see other leaf-peeping opportunities throughout New York.  View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves.

Here is a list of other autumn activities to consider:

Wood Strawberry

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective.  Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Happy trails!

A summery autumn Sunday

The sun arose to a beautiful day.  Despite the sunshine, the air retained an autumn chill this morning.  Great day for a walk.

I headed to Historic Champlain Canalway Trail in the Town of Halfmoon to check out the early fall colors.Fall color along Historic Champlain Canalway TrailMost ash trees are already bare and, surprisingly, quite a few red maples are nearly so.

Despite all that, there were a few flowers, other than the late-season asters, that were in bloom.

Indian Mustard

Indian Mustard plus a couple of Bouncing Bets

End-of-the-season fruit also provided their own splashes of color…

Cranberry Viburnum fruit

Cranberry Viburnum fruit

Fruit of Summer Grape

Fruit of Summer Grape

Today’s outing also provided the opportunity to see and hear a number of songbirds and waterfowl, including American goldfinches, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, belted kingfishers, blue jays, wood ducks, red-tailed hawk, Canada geese, and a double-crested cormorant.

Looking north along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail S of Brookwood Road

Looking north along Historic Champlain Canalway Trail south of Brookwood Road

Be sure to take time to enjoy the fall colors as landscape views will be noticeably changing each week.  Happy trails!

Happy autumn!

Later tonight, the autumnal equinox will occur. With shorter days and cooler nights to come, the new season will soon be heralding a myriad of vibrant fall colors throughout our area. Read why leaves change colors.  Read about the chemistry of colors of autumn leaves.

Read the fall foliage forecast.  Read about the status of fall colors and see other leaf-peeping opportunities throughout New York. View a quick guide to the fall colors of tree leaves. Watch a brief video about fall colors in other parts of the United States and how to find a status report for those areas.

Here is a short list of other autumn activities to consider:

Wild Columbine

Wild Columbine

However, I invite you to view fall colors…from a different perspective. Most of these plants can be viewed in your community, your neighborhood, even in your own backyard.

Happy trails!

Sampler of last wildflower blooms of the season plus a sneak peak at Leaf Peeping

As a final tribute to summer, I invite you to view the latest sampler of wildflowers on my “Seasonal Wildflowers – Autumn (September and October)” page; these represent the last of those that bloom each year.

And, for a sneak peak of what’s to come, please also view my Fall Colors…from a Different Perspective.

Hope you enjoy both.

Wishing all a safe and relaxing Labor Day.

Happy trails!