High Country fall colors

Fall Colors ‘Not as Vibrant or Intense as in Past Years’ But Still Quite a Sight For Leaf-lookers in the Area

Published Friday, October 19, 2012 at 7:00 am
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Oct. 19, 2012. Some of our readers have been telling us they just don't feel like the fall colors are quite as impressive this year. Do you feel like the leaf season hasn't been quite as awe-inspiring as in past years? Well, you're not alone. Although the fall colors are still pretty (as evidenced in the photo above, for example), even Dr. Howard Neufeld, professor of plant physiology at Appalachian State University and fall color expert for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, observed some lack of vibrance this season.

"To be truthful (and I report the colors as I see them) the fall foliage display this year is not as vibrant or intense as in past years. The reds, while apparent in patches here and there, are duller than usual, resulting in a yellow/orange cast to this year's display. Some trees turned early this year and two storms knocked leaves off just as they were reaching their most intense color (mainly birches and maples). Also, oaks, which are traditionally late turners, seem even more behind this year, which is why many locations still have colors mixed with green. That being said, I still think it's worth the drive up to the mountains to see the colors – this is still nature's best color display, even if it's not a 10 this year!"

-Dr. Howard Neufeld

To see Dr. Neufeld's report, visit biology.appstate.edu/fall-colors. Also, feel free to send us your observations and photos of the fall colors in the High Country at info@highcountrypress.com. To see more photos, click here...
Photo by Andrew Pennestri

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Fall Color Guy: Colors Peaking This Week; ‘Very Vibrant Now’ Around Parkway, Lakes near Blowing Rock

Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm
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Oct. 10, 2012. Fall is a favorite time of year for many High Country residents and visitors because of the vibrant colors of the changing leaves as the air starts to get cooler. A local professor is one of the leading experts in providing tips for the “leaf lookers" and says this is the peak week. Read more...
BY PAUL T. CHOATE
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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It’s Starting! Although it is Only Late-September, the Leaves are Already Beginning to Show Their Fall Colors

Published Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm
https://www.hcpress.com/?p=41947Sept. 27, 2012. It isn't even October yet, but the leaves are already starting to show their fall colors. This photo was taken on the N.C. 194 detour between Banner Elk and Valle Crucis today. Read more...
BY PAUL T. CHOATE
Photo by Ken Ketchie
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The Fall Colors are Starting to Show on the Trees; Local Expert Projects Good Season for ‘Leaf Lookers’

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 9:55 am
https://www.hcpress.com/?p=41947Sept. 19, 2012. People from all over flock to the Blue Ridge Mountains every year for a few weeks in autumn to see the vibrant colors of the changing leaves as the air starts to get cooler. A local professor is one of the leading experts in providing tips for the “leaf lookers.” Read more...
BY PAUL T. CHOATE
Map conceived by Howard Neufeld & Michael Denslow / designed by Michael Denslow
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