Where is the color? Check the report weekly to get an idea of where the best color viewing is in the state.
Report for the weekend of October 22.
Looking at the forests
of Virginia’s mountain areas, you might say that fall arrived all at once this
week. Highland County and areas of
southwest Virginia above 3000 feet are close to their peak colors. Depending on the area, you might see flaming
reds, blazing oranges, golden yellows, and even some surprising pink
tones. Lower areas of the mountains
statewide range from 50-75% of peak. The
shades are fairly subdued in some areas, but the views are still
picturesque. Most of Shenandoah Valley is
below 50% of peak, but expect big changes there in the next week. Many of the oaks statewide are still green, so
look for a second wave of color even as the fieriest shades fade.
In urban landscapes across the Piedmont,
red and sugar maples are flaring yellow, orange and red. Another week should bring an overall golden hue
to central Virginia, highlighted by patches of deeper earth tones. Eastern Virginia’s green is lightening to
yellow, with a few spots of deep red and orange in exposed and low-lying areas.
As the October colors kindle, so too can wildfires. For information about the fall wildfire season and safe disposal of fallen leaves, please visit www.dof.virginia.gov.
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” – Morris West
And if you spend your whole fall waiting for perfect, glorious leaf color, you’ll never enjoy the other splendor this season has to offer.
We know what you’re thinking: Enough already, autumn. Bring on the show! There’s still (yes, still) a lot of green. But autumn will be what she will be, and there’s nothing any of us can do about it. We might as well learn to love her on her own terms.
Here are the terms she’s offering this week in Shenandoah National Park.
Virginia creepers – you’ve got to love them. While most of the other fall color stars – like maples, sassafras, poison ivy, and hickories – are goofing off, not even pretending to change color yet, Virginia creepers are hard at work, doing their part – the overachievers of the Shenandoah forest. Between miles 38 and 40 this week Virginia creepers fairly tap dance for your viewing pleasure. They rush over stone walls and across natural stone banks, as if someone tipped over a half-full bottle of claret onto a flagstone patio. They bolt up trees so thickly that in some places you can’t even see bark. They aim to please, and they do so with such vermilion zeal, you almost feel like rolling down your car window and giving them a round of applause.
Read the full report.
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Last Updated: 10/19/2016
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