Sunday, October 05, 2008

Manic Monday

A few days ago, Mo asked us to vote for words to use in Manic Monday posts in October. He then created an

October Theme Calendar

which you can see by clicking on the link above. The calendar contains a word for each Manic Monday in October.

The word for Mo's Manic Monday today is LEAF.

One of nature's grandest color displays -- the autumn tree leaf color change -- will develop as early as mid-September in the northern latitudes of North America. This annual autumn tree leaf change will manifest itself in living fall color through most of October, then wane toward the end of November in the southern part of the United States. You will have at least two months of quality autumn leaf viewing somewhere in North America.

Here's a link to the "10 Best Forests to See Fall Color in North America" It has a distinctly United States bias, but there is listing for The Laurentian Mountains in Quebec.

Did you know that a whole industry has sprung up called "leaf-peeping tourism" in some areas in the United States (notably New England), and much of Canada to coincide with the turning of the leaves?

Go to for further information about Fall foliage peaks in specific sections of the country.

Did you ever wonder if trees turn colors in Europe or the rest of the word?

Although some autumn coloration occurs wherever deciduous trees are found, the most brightly colored autumn foliage is found in four or five regions of the world: most of mainland Canada; most of the United States; Scandinavia and Northern Europe, Russia and Eastern Asia, including much of China, Korea, and Japan. (Thanks Wikipedia)

Here are some webcams that are taking pictures of the foliage areas 24 hours a day:

Sulphur Mountain - Banff

Mount Washington - Haznet

Glacier National Park webcams

Lake Wineta N. Y.

Presque Isle, Maine, webcam

And finally here is a photo of the only tree in my neighborhood that has changed:


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Dianne said...

My Goodness!! The amount of research and work you put into this!!

So cool Mary, really you should be a teacher or something ;)

I'm going to enjoy all those links, especially the webcams


Queen-Size funny bone said...

I always learn something from you.

Lois Grebowski said...

This year I'm just going to revel in this season of change. I love it!

Felisol said...

Dear teach Mary,
so very interesting.
Autumn color tourism!
I am enjoying, with a hunch of sorrow blended,the birch outside my kitchen window changing color.
I feel like Snoopy back in the seventies cartoons, when he- in vain- encouraged the leaves to hang on.
From Felisol

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I left you something on my blog. go pick it up.

Travis said...

So that's what leaf peeping is! HA!

There is a fiery red tree outside my office window. I need to take a picture.

Pauline said...

Hey, Mary!
Very informative post.
Thanks for sharing!

Desert Songbird said...

I have to have my fall foliage viewing through the eyes of my blogging friends, sadly.

Manic Monday - Leaf

Gattina said...

I feel more intelligent now ! I bought a vacuum for the garden ! I was fat up to collect leaves with a broom ! What an awful season !!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks for the link to the webcam in Presque Isle, Maine. My wife's family is from that area and I didn't know they had a camera.

Leap Peeping has always been big business. When I lived in Vermont many years ago it was second only to the ski season for tourists. It sure was beautiful up there this time of year except you knew winter was coming.

Of course leaf cleanup is good business for us. Helps us get through the winter.

Mags said...

I LOVE fall-and it's probably because I grew up in CT. I'm a leaf peeper by default. :)

Suzie said...

I must leaf you now hee hee

My Autism Insights said...

How awesome! I can't wait to check out some of those webcams!

WillThink4Wine said...

Alas, even the map is green where I live. :(

Maddy said...

Too pooped for manic monday today, but the fall colours are delightful. Likewise we don't have many trees turning here yet.

Thank you so much for my award. After four nights straight of 'nocturnal' it makes a very welcome boost to my morale.

Best wishes as always

Grandma Faith said...

Thank you for giving us so much wonderful info. Congrats on your award. The photo of the tree is outstanding.

Mo said...

Wow, you certainly enjoyed this topic!
Great post.
We really don't have that much "color" here yet, which surprises me. Will be coming soon.
The scientific theory that the colors are there in the leaves the whole time, and the green just goes away - that's always intrigued me. I mean, I've tried to peel away the green part to see the red underneath, and there's no red! :)
I know, I should just leaf this subject alone!
Thanks for participating in Manic Monday, and for your support of the meme.

storyteller said...

Perhaps you could give YOURSELF the award … because your blog certainly teaches ME things too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Beautiful leaves on this little tree. I LOVE this time of year. ;-)

Bond said...

Only good thing about living in MA was the season of fall colors...

Going to be late here...we are still in the 80's

Marilyn said...

I remember it being a little later in the year, the last few years, before we had nice color, but right now things are bright yellow all over the place. Not much red around here though.

That's a pretty tree right there in your neighborhood.

anthonynorth said...

Another excellent, informative post.