Foliage in Quechee

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dwebster
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Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22664Post dwebster
Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:37 pm

I’m thinking of driving to Quechee on October 5th. Do you think the foliage will be near peak at that time?


ctyanky
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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22665Post ctyanky
Sat Sep 21, 2019 6:23 am

Hello Webster and welcome to the forum! This is a hard one for me to answer but I will step out on a limb and say that it may be too early for peak here on that date. This foliage season is presenting a different scenario so far and no one is really sure how the 2019 season will pan out except that we may be headed for a normal season after all (not 10 days late like last year). The Woodstock/Quechee area "typically" comes into color later. So far, all the elements are coming together for a great season. I would say maybe the following week to be safe. Are you just coming up for the day? Maybe take a drive up north to the higher elevations?

Minnesotaman from this forum, stays in Woodstock for a month and he will be there next week. Hopefully, he will come on and confirm or (poo poo) what I just said! :lol: He is the absolute best resource for the area and can give you better information! Sorry to be so ambivalent!

Does anyone else have some thoughts on this? :roll:

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Colorado Mom
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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22667Post Colorado Mom
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:20 am

I would have to agree. I'm thinking mid October or maybe a tad bit later for peak around the Woodstock area....but I'm no expert, just going by past experiences.

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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22669Post minnesotaman
Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:12 am

Years ago I used to think Oct 12-15 give or take a few days was about right in the Woodstock, Quechee, Pomfret, Bridgewater area. The last few years I would say Oct 15-18 give or take a few days is about right. But, every year is different. Here are two images. One is along Cloudland Road on Oct. 16 2016, autumn in full color. The other is also on Cloudland Road, a couple miles away, actually out my front door, on Oct. 18, 2018, snow and sticks. On any given day, colors, and the number of leaves left of the trees, are usually quite different depending on whether you are in town, along the Ottaquechee, or up in the hills.
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dwebster
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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22674Post dwebster
Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:24 am

Wow! Quite a difference. Beautiful!


MinnieB
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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22723Post MinnieB
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:33 am

I'm expecting to be in Quechee on Oct. 8th, I can report back then, but will report sooner if I end up going through there earlier. I can say in Lebanon, NH, our foliage has turned a bit early this year. I'd say we are at about 50%. I think this is probably due to some drought stress. What I've seen is trees being super bright for a couple days and fading quickly which is usually and indicator of dryness. Most of the color is at lower elevation, though strangely. The hills are dotted with color, but still a lot of green. Actually saw trees turning at the end of August in spots. I was over in Wilder, VT on Friday and they are starting to get some decent color there. The reds and oranges have come out early. There are these two trees, side by side that have red leaves (sorry I don't know what they are) in Lebanon that normally are the last to turn and one of them is fully turned and the other isn't turned much at all. Very odd.

I'm thinking about northern NY for this weekend, I hear the Adirondacks may be peaking this weekend. If I go, I'll report back on what I see passing through VT.

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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22741Post pwt54
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:43 am

Oct 5th may be early for peak foliage, but there will be color. Head west and north for better color. East of Quechee is in the Connecticut River Valley. It has a warmer climate and will peak later than the mountain areas to the west.

minnesotaman
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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22774Post minnesotaman
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:36 pm

today i spent about four hours on my favorite roads in woodstock, pomfret, barnard, bridgewater and quechee.

usually things would still be quite green here. there are still many green trees, but a much larger than usual number of trees have changed already. also, many of the trees that have changed are quite far along. the typical colors in this area are gold, and rusty orange and rusty red. the colors this year look to be about the same intensity as usual.

overall, the trees that have changed give this area the appearance of being perhaps a week early as compared to the last few years. but, because of the combination of green trees and advanced change trees it is tough to guess when the area will look like it is at peak. some roads looked to me today like they are at peak now (quite unusual here for late september), some looked quite green. it's probably not going to all happen at once this year, here.

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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22776Post Colorado Mom
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:53 pm

That would make me so happy to hit peak at Woodstock this year. We always miss it. Thanks for the update!!

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Re: Foliage in Quechee

Post: # 22780Post ctyanky
Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:17 am

Great report Minn, looks like you will have nice color right at your doorstep!

Colorado, I can't wait to hear about your Woodstock adventures. Such a gorgeous area indeed. I hope to return in October but will await the expertise of Minnesotaman and see what the foliage is like then. Have fun you two! :D


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