I've been perplexed by the comments and articles I've seen and heard over the fall foliage season in our region. There have been plenty of complaints about lack of color, leaves turning brown instead of bright colors, etc.
Whether leaves turn colors as they die off at the end of the growing season depends on many factors, and in our outings this fall we have seen some unbelievable colors stretch from early October to early November. The red maples were very nice early on, particular the stands we saw along Route 8 in Johnsburg in early October.
My wife and I did some hiking in Ticonderoga and Hague on Sunday, and when taking a jaunt through Rogers Rock Campground, found some very nice colors along Lake George. Trees near water are generally insulated from the cold, so they will turn a little later, and can also be protected from the wind a little better.
We had driven up the Northway and across Route 74 to Ticonderoga, and most of the oaks were brown and down along the highways. But the birches and maples had a very good year color-wise, from what we saw. Even here in Glens Falls there are some very bright yellows on many of the side streets.
-- Don Lehman