But the Foliage Gods also had to prove that everything must balance out in the end. While the cold weather coming through this morning created the dramatic clouds and fog at sunrise, this passing weather front also brought 15 to 20 mph winds with it that have continued all day. Foliage in this area was essentially at or near peak, and I saw lots of leaf drop already this morning driving around Rt.9 and Rt 71. And with a frost predicted for Friday night, peak color may not last long here. This season came early, and is advancing rapidly.....
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Pentaxguy, the Hogback overlook on Rt. 9 is at pretty high elevation, similar to Kelly Stand Road, and the Somerset reservoir, which I visited on Thursday. While these locations are in southern Vermont, they are at high enough elevation that they turn much earlier than the rest of southern Vermont. The area right around Brattleboro is still all green, even though it is only 15 miles from Hogback. The reason for this is that Brat is down low in the Connecticut River valley and the lower elevation and water from the river moderate temperatures. Brattleboro is actually one of the last places in the state to turn each year.
Thanks to everyone for stopping by to look at these shots, I appreciate it. The conditions Friday morning were special enough, that I thought it worthwhile to share here.