Frost Line

Heart Lake and the High Peaks From Mount Jo 2015-10-23
Yesterday evening.

The progression:

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Time Lapse In the High Peaks

We were greeted this morning with clear skies and a killing frost – the first of the season. Since Saturday, leaves have been falling steadily. Shorter days are hastening my pace up Mount Jo. Amazing how one week can change!

October 15th, 2015
Today (October 15th)

October 8th, 2015
October 8th

October 1st, 2015
October 1st

September 24th, 2015
September 24th

September 18th, 2015
September 18th

Photographed this year from Mount Jo, Adirondack Park, New York.

Autumn Moving

A chill is in the air this evening. The weather is active.

Throughout the day, mist and fog cloaked the now golden mountains. Only later did the sky begin to open, exposing a breathtaking maple tableau all around.

We are now past “peak”, but some of the best is yet to come. The mild golds and deep oranges of aspen still await. They will stand alone in the gray of late Fall. And the tamarack, the evergreen that breaks the rules, will continue its quest to fairness, morphing from green to yellow and finally dropping every needle – if we’re lucky on early snow.

Photographed this evening in Ray Brook, Adirondack Park, New York.

Falling Behind?

Exactly one year ago today, I scurried to the top of Mount Jo to photograph some of the region’s early fall foliage. Today I did the same to compare the colors:
Heart Lake and the High Peaks From Mount Jo 2014
September 18th, 2014

Heart Lake and the High Peaks From Mount Jo 2015
September 18th, 2015

Based on the above, Fall seems to be a bit behind from last year. With the warm weather we’ve been getting, this makes sense. Regardless, I can’t wait to see how the season transpires!

Tufted Loosestrife

Here’s something new: tufted loosestrife (Lysimachia thyrsiflora L.), also known as water loosestrife. I happened to stumble across it today at Paul Smiths. It occurs in the northern US and Canada, but has never been documented in Franklin County. It’s a wetland species, ranked S4 (apparently secure) in New York, but is threatened in New Hampshire.