Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

By SATimes Team

There is nip in the air. Days are shorter. Trees are shedding their leaves. And leaves are shedding their chlorophyll, in the process holding a grand though short-lived show of myriad hues from the color wheel.

Following the fall foliage is a major tourist activity in America, as it is in some other colder countries.  Leaf peepers have a range of options – from Acadia National Park in Maine to the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. From Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to Aspen, Colorado.

In popular imagination,  New England comes out on top for the best dense patches of chlorophyll-deprived trees.  Yes, leaves look nice with covered bridges in the background there and people of Massachusetts  talk about it in every other sentence.

But Upstate New York is in no way inferior for fall foliage trackers and trekkers. Hudson Valley, Catskills, and up still Adirondacks will give you your gas money’s worth, even with the markups at the pump.

Having done that, Fall is also a time of rest, relaxation and reflection. Reflect on what has transpired so far and set new intentions for the remainder of the year and New Year by creating balance and harmony in our lives.

NEW YORK: In the Indian Head of Adirondack Mountain Reserve in Upstate New York.

COLORADO: Autumn views in Colorado against the snowy mountains can be stunning.

DALLAS: The autumn display in the Dallas arboretum brought in thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash.

JAPAN: Aomori in Japan is home to many of the most famous fall foliage spots in the country.

LONDON: A bird’s eye view of London’s fall foliage from the Treetop Walkway

This may be a scene from your backyard. Lichen shows up in autumn and winter.

Images courtesy of (Photo: StatePoint), Tejram Sharma, Tejram Sharma | Welcome to The South Asian Times, (Photo courtesy dallasarboretum.org), (Photo courtesy livejapan.com), (Photo courtesy RBG Kew) and (Photo courtesy NYT)

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