FESTIVAL OF LEAVES – MID-OCTOBER IN NEW ENGLAND – Marilyn Armstrong

Festival of Leaves 2018 ~
Week # 4: The Orange on the Side of the Road


It is the middle of October and it should be the peak of the peak of the color change. Usually, Columbus Day marks the peak of the autumnal glow in New England, but summer lasted longer than usual … like a month longer than usual … and there has been an awful lot of rain.

Along the Blackstone in Rhode Island

In fact, it has been raining heavily every morning for a couple of weeks. It usually dries out by evening, but we only get a couple of hours of sunshine and until last night, we have not had a frost.

Now, of course, it’s getting cold very quickly. It was 88 degrees (Fahrenheit which translates to 31.1 Celsius) a few days ago and last night it went down into the 30s … which is a pretty big drop. During the last heavy rains, a lot of trees lost their leaves. Green leaves, falling like autumn leaves. I looked out through the leaves and I realized that even if the leaves finally began to change, there wouldn’t be enough of them left on the trees to make much of a show.

Home

Today, when the rain stopped around noon, we went out and took a few more pictures. Because our autumn is ending before it really began.

Orange maple by the Mumford Dam

Still, it’s pretty. Not glorious. Not heartbreaking with the beauty of the colors … but it’s pretty. And to be fair, we don’t have a glorious autumn every year. It all depends on the weather. If we get a cold snap at the right time and we don’t get huge amounts of rain and wind, our world glows.

Leaves on the lawn

On a year like this? Imperfect, but pretty. And along the rivers, at least the yellows are gorgeous.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

17 thoughts on “FESTIVAL OF LEAVES – MID-OCTOBER IN NEW ENGLAND – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. It’s pretty strange here too. Most trees are still green, except the few that are bare. The maples changed color, but almost all the others have just stayed gree. Too much rain? Too warm? I knew something was way out of whack when my rhododendrons bloomed again– in October.

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  1. 31.1 Celsius seems very warm for mid-October. We are just getting our first really warm spring days. It has been mid-twenties the last few days. Up to now, we’ve just had a warm day here and there and then back to rain and chill again.

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      1. Mid twenties again here today and warm enough to throw off the winter doona last night yet last week I was pre warming the bed with an electric blanket. I never sleep with it on.

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    1. This has not been a normal autumn at all. We’ve had autumns that died when it snowed early or we had a really bad storm and it just blew the leaves off the trees … but these ultra long, hot summers are really messing with the seasons.

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  2. We’ve had a few of those amazing warm days here. Our Autumn is much the same as yours, Marilyn. There’s some colour but not the mind blowing type.
    Leslie

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