Yang and I started our foliage forays early this year. By the end of September, you could find some lovely colors if you looked in the right places. My first description is on the Blackstone River trail near Holy Cross in Worcester. We went just before dusk to avoid running into too many people. We saw some really nice colors on the boardwalk that runs along the river and through some marshland.
Here the plants in the marsh are turning lovely shades of tangerine, gold , and crimson, highlighted by the still green plants around them. All kinds of vireos, sparrows, and other small birds flitted from swaying stalk to trembling branch. The misty grey of twilight lent a mystical atmosphere
Walking into the woods of the trail, you see saffron, ruby, and orange flame emerge through the dark green trees not yet turned.
Here, you see chartreuse and tardy green leaves, segueing into flames of orange and crimson. Beautiful!
As the season progressed, we had a chance to go further afield, journeying to a trail outside of Peterborough, New Hampshire. Our walk through the soft light of green woods brought us to a lookout on a large rock extruding into the river. Looking back, we could see the trees at the water’s edge were gradually putting on their yellow and orange finery.
Looking in the opposite direction on the the river, you could see the lovely colors mutedly reflected in the water. At one moment we heard a splash across the water, an otter-sized splash, but alack, we never caught sight of the slick furry critter.
And how about this cutie? What kind of a frog do you think this is? I’m not sure whether Yang or I took this shot. Yang couldn’t detect him a first, for his (the frog’s) colors blent into the undergrowth so perfectly. I guess that’s the idea!
The walk out was about 2 & 1/2 miles, so when we returned to the rock outcropping on the river, we must have covered about four miles. Needless to say, we took a rest. I love this shot of the river. Doesn’t it almost look like a painting? It’s a nice image with which to leave you!