When considering my favorites for fall foliage viewing several states and countries came to mind. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to travel all over the 50 United States and several foreign countries. Some of my trips have been mainly to see spectacular fall colors as trees retire their foliage for the season. Growing up in Colorado I was privileged to see the Rocky Mountain aspens light up the mountain sides in blazing golden and red-orange hues. There is nothing on the planet like walking deep into an aspen grove in the fall with the forest floor carpeted in precious fallen aspen leaves.
Gazing skyward gives one a brilliant cobalt blue sky with flecks of golden leaves fluttering earthward on every new breeze. Though I’ll no doubt miss the aspens this year I had a great trip to summit County, Colorado two years ago and got this shot of aspen above Green Mountain Reservoir.
In Japan the maple trees are the stars of the Autumn show. Kyoto is probably my favorite place to see the colors but when I went to Osaka our timing was perfect to see this ancient city light up.
Later on in that trip we visited Kyoto. Even though we got caught in a bit of rain the colors were excellent. The rain soaked ground and sidewalks seemed to reflect the colors back to the sky from whence they came. Japan definitely has favorites for fall foliage covered.
Not to be outdone by the tall trees of the forests and mountains the short grass prairie in eastern Colorado has a beauty of its own. Here it’s the ground attracting our attention as the grasses and sedges show off all the colors and more that their high reaching relatives might display. A visit to the prairie will take you away from the crowds of leaf-lookers giving a gift of peace and quiet. Try visiting the Pawnee Buttes northwest of Denver next time you want to get away from it all.
In the Mid-Atlantic area where I now live the fall colors are quite a treat. There are an endless amount of country roads sending one on a journey of Americana in quaint towns and colorful forests of gold,red, and yellow. The best part is if you have the time, a road trip to Maine with a slow meander southward will deliver some of the best fall has to offer on a long road trip. You could drive hundreds of miles and stop along the way catching the colors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia before running out of great scenery.
So get out and find your favorites for fall foliage. Grab a gallon of fresh made apple cider from a country store and have a picnic near a blazing forest. Winter will come soon enough. Let’s get out and devour fall while the days are warm, the nights are cool and life is good.