Adirondack leaves hit fall midpoint

Leaves are at their midpoint of fall color change in most of the Adirondack Park, a time when brilliant red and orange treetops leap out from their largely green forest background.

“In Franklin County, foliage spotters in the Mt. Arab/Tupper Lake areas expect 45-50 percent color change by the weekend with muted-to-average hues of goldenrod, mustard and pumpkin predominating,” reads the state’s Fall Color Report on the I Love New York website. “Some trees are starting to show a burgundy glow with some scarlet tints.

“In Old Forge, in Herkimer County, expect 35 percent color change by weekend with leaves of muted brilliance. Shades of burgundy and gold along with some splashes of reds and oranges are contrasting nicely with the evergreens.

“In Essex County, in Wilmington, foliage spotters at Whiteface Mountain project 25 percent leaf transition as fall shades of red and orange continue to emerge from the green backdrop. Nearby Lake Placid is also projecting 25 percent color change with green, red and orange leaves of average brilliance.

“Indian Lake leaf peepers expect 20-25 percent color change in the Hamilton County community this weekend. Green is still the predominating color across the landscape, but the brilliant reds of the ‘swamp’ maples have arrived and shades of yellow are on the way.”

The report shows that roughly half the state is experiencing some fall color change, but only the Adirondacks are at their midpoint. In the North Country, only the Lake Champlain Valley has no fall tints yet.

Other parts of New York with no change yet are the Finger Lakes area, Rochester and Buffalo, Albany, parts of the Catskills, the lower Hudson valley, New York City and most of Long Island.

State economic development officials update their Fall Color Report weekly based on field reports.