Seemingly overnight our hills are full of color. Bright red, orange, yellow, and brown, with some green still mixed in. What a beautiful sight to see and as I drive down Springdale Rd I watch the changing landscape marked by new piles of leaves freshly fallen. A couple years ago I took a hike through our woods with a friend of mine. As we entered the woods along one of the paths I have constructed we were greeted by one of the most beautiful scenes I have ever experienced. The day was sunny with a light breeze, the wind was strong enough to cause leaves to fall in masses and between the sunlight and the color of the foliage the woods became this enchanting place. As we strolled the leaves continued to accumulate and by the time we exited the forest there were a couple inches of freshly fallen leaves still brightly colored.
When it comes to fall colors every year is different. This one has all the makings of an excellent year. Warm and dry days combined with cold crisp nights make for wonderful color. Other years are damp and dull. I have also noticed that our trees here in Wisconsin’s mountains turn sooner, we can expect color at least two weeks before other places of the same latitude. Time to get out the rakes.