Ctyanky, that's okay, Pittsburg looks like it is coming on strong. If you end up in Pittsburg, be sure to visit the covered bridge that's at the end of Bacon Street right off Rt.3. From the bridge there are some nice views of the Connecticut River facing upstream. First Connecticut Lake, Big Brook Bog and East Inlet are some off the beaten path places in Pittsburg that are interesting to see.ctyanky wrote:Hi Ed: Maybe I'll go to NH with Tim now on Wednesday the 3rd if it is looking great! We were planning on the NEK area. Things will move faster if we get a few, good cold snaps. Ugh, so much to see and do. Wentworth, if you go to NH, keep us posted!!! CT
With the season running late this year, a trip to the Quabbin in the 10/14 to 10/16 time range should have good color, and I will be happy to show you around the reservoir.
The color in this part of NH is about five or six days from peaking, I would say, although I talked to a Colebrook resident who thinks more than a week before peak. It is noticeably greener in Colebrook than in Pittsburg (I traveled up 145). A lot of reds and strong oranges coming on. Right now, about 50% in the northern parts of this triangle, but looking like it could come on fast.
By comparison, most of VT is still relatively green. The brightest color I have seen so far in VT is 114 coming south out of Island Pond. Stannard Mtn Road is coming along, perhaps 40% in some areas, less in others. Sheffield and Wheelock areas also looked a bit ahead of other areas. On the whole, my guess is that the NEK will be good this coming weekend, and certainly within 7 or 8 days, assuming the weather remains as it has been the last few days. Higher elevations of 91 in the vicinity of St Johnsbury/Lyndon are getting good color. What I have seen south of Lyndon/St. Johnsbury is still mostly green with some pockets of early color.
Willoughby and the ponds (Job's, Long, Wheeler etc) all still look early to me. Job's a bit farther along with a good stripe of orange/russet across from the boat landing area. Job's could be very good by mid-week, I think. Willoughby is taking its time. Darling Hill Rd in Burke is quite early, and the view of Burke Mtn from there was still very early color as of today.
The Kanc (I saw it two days ago) was perhaps 25%, some areas better, some still green. The Kanc seems to brighten up quickly, and it looks ready and ripe this year. Certainly shows much more potential than last year. The elevation of the Kanc means it is always at risk for rapid leaf drop from wind and rainstorms. If the weather cooperates, it should be pretty good by this weekend. With uncooperative weather the riper leaves often get knocked off up there overnight, in my experience--it can look great one day and bust the next. But the trees look healthier and may withstand the rain forecast for Tuesday, esp since it is still early color there.
The Franconia/Sugar Hill area, and 112/116 in NH are perhaps 25 percent, a bit more on some hills esp back around Sugar Hill. A couple days of crisp weather and it would pop quickly. Again, the foliage looks healthy. As someone noted here, the Franconia Notch area looks very green. Beaver Pond on 112 is still mostly green.
The Woodstock/Pomfret area is still quite green, with just a bit of light yellow and orange. Looks to me like at least ten days to go, maybe more, which would be consistent with the last few years. Last year this area suffered badly from the drought and heat, and the leaves turned a dirty yellow brown mustard color and then fell off early. There is very little sign of that this year, although some trees look stressed. The good news in this area is that the cool mornings seem to have arrived, which should trigger some color. I scraped ice off my windshield before starting out this morning.
I would add that in Central and South Vermont temperatures will be rising again next week, instead of going down. This is not going to help things there.MinnieB wrote: I noticed a lot around Quechee and Woodstock, VT that some trees start to turn yellow but then turn brown. Kind of what we saw happening last fall. I noticed some brown trees in Quechee, too.
there is very good color pretty much everywhere i went lyndon and north. a lot of reds and bright oranges. against black wet tree bark quite pleasing to see. newark area especially. perhaps a tiny little bit further behind in west burke, darling hill road itself still greenish, but the mountain itself is changing fast. color is coming on fast in st johnsbury area and will be great in a couple days. a good weekend to be in the NEK.
coming back down 91 the color is still early south of st johnsbury. but the trees all look very healthy.
although it was raining hard, and the wind was blowing off and on, i did not see leaves in the air anywhere.
in the woodstock area some more yellows are coming in, and a bit of duller oranges. looking like it has potential when it finally does pop.
I'm looking forward to going up tomorrow with Phil and meeting up with Tim. He said Seymour Lake and Morgan are hot spots too, we'll probably do many of the places you mentioned. So much to see and do and explore. You just can't be everywhere!
Did you get to Stannard?