Album Fall Colors 2020

SteveR

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Too soon? Well- tell that to the alpine larch trees in the Alberta Rockies! We were surprised to find these golden beauties nearly at their full glory on September 18, about a week ahead of the usual peak in color. Due to the very warm and dry last 6 weeks of summer, I would guess. The only downside was a blanket of smoke, originating mainly from the fires in California and Oregon, obscuring the views but also adding to the golden glow.
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@kwc - wow, it changed a lot in just a week! We saw just a dash of color last week. It seems early this year.

It depends upon where you are in the Adirondacks ... color is close to 50% in the central Adirondacks, like Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. East of the high peaks it’s not changed all that much except in the marshy areas where the trees are more stressed anyways. Further north, up neat Plattsburgh, not much color at all. But the apple crop is ripe and ready and there are tons of apples on the trees up that way.
 

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More larch hiking on Wednesday. The last couple of days have been stormy and windy in the alpine- the golden needles will already be carpeting the ground in exposed areas.
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More Adirondack colors ... northern Adirondacks this time.

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the restored foot bridge in Wanakena. The original bridge was destroyed by river ice in 2014. Wanakena was once a booming small city that was built on the logging industry. In its heyday you could take the New York Central train from Grand Central Station all the way to the hotels in Wanakena. Today it’s hard to imagine this. All that remains are a variety of homes, mostly seasonal, and this bridge. SUNY ESF has their Ranger School there. And the Cranberry Lake 50 starts and ends here (50 mile loop trail through some pretty wild country).

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a view from the bridge
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looking East from Tupper Lake ... the water beyond the foreground marshy area is the Raquette River.
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this was taken near the canoe launch for Round Lake in the Whitney Wilderness.
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you paddle up this channel towards Round Lake. This was once all private land owned by the Whitney family. William Whitney sold a huge chunk of land to New York State several years ago and most of it is designated wilderness.
 

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A few photos from The Adirondacks yesterday. It was warm and very muggy during our 10 mile hike in the wilderness. Once Rick is done, I will add his photos. Just iPhone shots here:

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Enough wind to mess with any reflections
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The more enjoyable part of the day was at the lake in the wind! This is becoming an evening tradition.
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And dinner time, but no @scatman & @TractorDoc - we didn't have any Circus Peanut to eat!
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Sunset yesterday. Forever thankful to @kwc , we just finished our 4'th trip up there.
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And a non wilderness photo, as the colors are just stunning this year! This was taken Saturday, just before the warm muggy air mass moved in.
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Larch colors peaked early in the Canadian rockies, with snow last weekend up high and strong winds through the early part of this week leaving many trees stripped and the trail a carpet of golden needles, on our traverse of Pocaterra Ridge on Wednesday. No crowds though, thanks to a start in the clouds, with clearing after lunch.
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Trees in sheltered spots were still hanging on to their needles, but the brilliant gold color has faded already.
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Afternoon clearing on the ridgewalk.
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A bit of color remaining, on a section where most trees were bare.
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Above- a look back at the ridge walk.
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A bonus end to our day was stopping along the drive home at a quiet picnic area, to BBQ dinner and walk around the pond.
The aspens are full-on right now in the Kananaskis valley!
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Larch colors peaked early in the Canadian rockies, with snow last weekend up high and strong winds through the early part of this week leaving many trees stripped and the trail a carpet of golden needles, on our traverse of Pocaterra Ridge on Wednesday. No crowds though, thanks to a start in the clouds, with clearing after lunch.
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Trees in sheltered spots were still hanging on to their needles, but the brilliant gold color has faded already.
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Afternoon clearing on the ridgewalk.
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A bit of color remaining, on a section where most trees were bare.
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Above- a look back at the ridge walk.
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A bonus end to our day was stopping along the drive home at a quiet picnic area, to BBQ dinner and walk around the pond.
The aspens are full-on right now in the Kananaskis valley!
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I've got a trip planned for NW Montana in two weeks in hopes to see some larches. Looks like I may be well past peak for them by the time I get up there! Dang dry weather.
 

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I've got a trip planned for NW Montana in two weeks in hopes to see some larches. Looks like I may be well past peak for them by the time I get up there! Dang dry weather.
Don't despair! You mention NW Montana, so I'm guessing that you could well be referring to the Western Larch, found in valley bottoms and lower elevations in the Kootenays in BC, and adjacent in NW Montana. Typically that species changes color a couple of weeks later than the Alpine Larch depicted in my photos. Alpine Larch are also found in Glacier National Park in Montana, and even when not peaking a bit early, are usually past prime by the first week in October.
 

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Colors in the southern Adirondacks today ...

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These were all within 30 minutes from our house. However most trees in our neighborhood are still pretty green!

@kwc - Beautiful colors!
We have many big Maples that peaked last weekend with vivid red and orange colors and now the trees already dropped all the leaves. Last year the same Maple trees peaked Oct 16, but they never got that vivid red and deep orange colors. This year we also have many Maples along the driveway that are still all green, just like you mention!
So happy to finally get a ton of rain this week!
 

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Don't despair! You mention NW Montana, so I'm guessing that you could well be referring to the Western Larch, found in valley bottoms and lower elevations in the Kootenays in BC, and adjacent in NW Montana. Typically that species changes color a couple of weeks later than the Alpine Larch depicted in my photos. Alpine Larch are also found in Glacier National Park in Montana, and even when not peaking a bit early, are usually past prime by the first week in October.
Great insight! I knew of the two different types, but I didn't realize the timing was much different. I'll stay optimistic. Thanks!
 
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