A spectacular fall foliage season is beginning to wind down, and we probably have peaked for the year. There are however, some very brilliant colors still on the trees across Madison County. You will find great photo opportunities in our villages as we are very luck with the number of trees planted there. The best colors will be north of US Route 20, and the foliage along US Route 20 is on its last legs. The villages of Cazenovia, Chittenango, Canastota and the city of Oneida all have trees with ample leaves with colors left on them.
In the woods, the beech trees and oak trees still have their leaves and the oranges and red and brown provide some compelling contrasts. In the fields, the hard freeze we had earlier this week turned all the corn stalks to a brilliant golden brown.
Take a drive along Route 31 and the south shore of Oneida Lake this weekend too. Great colors persist there too. I'm guessing we will have one more week of reports to share with you and then the countdown to snowmobile season (or spring if you wish) begins.
The colors have been absolutely spectacular this fall here in Madison County and this weekend appears to be our last peak weekend of color. The best colors will be found north of US Route 20 now. The southern hills have taken a bit of a beating from the rains, but there are still plenty of colors to see and enjoy in the northern half of the county.
The ride between Chittenango and Cazenovia on Route 13 is especially stunning right now. Leaves in the Canastota, Oneida Lake and Oneida areas are all very bright and colorful now too.
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The colors in the hills of Madison County and Central New York have been spectacular over the past few days. The great weather over the Columbus Day weekend helped the colors really "pop".
The best and brightest leaves seem to be coming from soft maples. They are sporting a bright crimson color like the one in the picture to the left here. Other prominent colors include orange and yellows. Some of the best scenery can be found where hardwoods mix with pine and spruce trees. The contrast of the deep dark green of forest pines and the bright colors of the hardwoods makes for an inspiring sight.
We had been concerned that the colors this year would not be as bright, but it seems like this is a little longer season than most and they strong colors have come on in the last week.
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The fall foliage season is in full swing in Madison County and that means this weekend will be perfect to get out and enjoy it. Leaf change on average in the county is about 40% so we are approaching the mid-peak range. Some area are blessed with near peak conditions, but other areas haven't really changed at all yet. Most of the areas look like this picture taken in Nelson this morning.
Areas of interest you should check out this weekend include the Cazenovia area especially the Chittenango Creek Gorge, the Brookfield area with tens of thousands of acres of forest, this area is beatuiful this time of year, and also the areas around Eatonbrook and Tuscarora Reservoir. Water and colors, make for perfect watercolor-esque foliage!
Did it feel like fall this morning? It sure did here in Central New York, and the leaves on the trees are beginning to tell the story. Leaves in the area are just starting the change from green to the brilliant oranges, reds and yellows we all love. You will find small pockets of change, a maple tree here and there that got a head start on everything else is the norm. Expect the color to be at about 25% by next weekend. In the meantime enjoy a wonderful fall weekend in Madison County.