Copyright © 2011 by Ralph Couey
October 14, 2011
as "The peak is here"
*Somerset, PA Daily American
October 15, 2011
as "Peak is here"
After eleven long months of waiting, October, my favorite month has finally arrived.
I’ve written a lot about my love of autumn, maybe too much. But I can’t help myself. I love forests, but when the chlorophyll is withdrawn from the leaves and their natural colors reveal themselves, a dormant part of myself comes alive.
It is the month I actually make time to spend in the woods, camera in hand, or winding along the roads through these mountains trying to capture forever these all-too-ephemeral days.
We are so very fortunate to be in an area that rarely disappoints us leaf hunters.
Vermont and New Hampshire may boast and brag, but the is truly a fall foliage paradise. Laurel Highlands
We live in what is called “Fall Zone 2” a…well…tree-shaped area of
. The roots and trunk start in the east in Pike, Monroe, and Northampton counties and runs west as far as Centre County where it “branches” northwest to Erie and southwest to Fulton, engulfing the rest of the western half of Pennsylvania. As far as I can determine according to several authoritative websites, the peak of these counties should arrive this weekend. The warm summer and abundant (in some cases over-abundant) rainfall, along with the prompt arrival of cool weather has provided the set-up for what I’m told should be one of the most spectacular years in recent memory. Pennsylvania