Fall Colors 2011: In Search of Red.

Autumn colors are different each year.

Some years the leaves are fantastic, where you’re so overwhelmed by the colors, it’s like your brain can’t believe what it’s seeing.

Other years, the leaves are drab and washed out.    It depend on the weather, and how hot and dry the summer was.

This year was pretty good, but not exceptionally good.   I never had any overwhelming “Ah-ha!” moments.    There were some pockets of bright colors, but I couldn’t seem to find the vibrant reds I so much like.

Here’s a photo near Kingston, from about a month ago,  when the colors were just starting.  Things were staring to look promising.

There was some promise of red a few weeks ago, when I did a road trip to the Algoma district near Sault. Ste. Marie.

But that same day, just 100 km north in Lake Superior Provincial Park, the reds had already peaked, and were fading!

The Park Ranger told me there had been a windstorm a few days earlier, and had blown the leaves off.

This is how fragile the peak autumn colors are:  all it takes is one day of bad weather, and they’re ruined.

Of course, I took some time to visit an old friend: Lake Superior.    I had the entire beach to myself at Agawa Bay.

Further north, at Wawa,  the trees were definitely past their peak.

There weren’t any reds near Wawa anyway, as this vegetation zone was now the boreal forest…too far north for red maples.

Fall colors aren’t that great in the boreal forest…it’s mostly black spruce and birch trees.

Driving south of Chapleau o0n Highway 129,  the leaves picked up again.   Nice colors, but mostly yellow-green.

About a week later, back in Eastern Ontario,  I found some nice colors.  But again, mostly orange and yellow, but not much red.


Thanksgiving weekend was the last good weekend for color.

I did find some brilliant pockets of  yellow.

My favorite was the view from atop the abandoned ski hill near Dacre.

Now most of the leaves are gone.

Like I said…it was still a pretty good year.

But no red.

Oh well.

Wait till next year.


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5 Comments on “Fall Colors 2011: In Search of Red.”

  1. michaelpgoad Says:

    The tree are just starting to turn here in Arkansas. When we were on the north rim of the Grand Canyon three weeks ago the aspens were blindingly brilliant, mostly yellow with some orange and a little red. I think peak here will be kind of drab.

  2. dave1949 Says:

    I’ve noticed the same thing down here in Niagara. Lots of yellow and orange but very little red. I blame the Tories.

  3. Friar Says:

    I would have loved to have seen the Grand Canyon like that! Though I didn’t realize Arkansas had fall colors…every one talks about New England.

    Funny…I blame Dalton McGuinty.

  4. Mike Says:

    I just posted a picture on Facebook of fall foliage from the North Rim forest. The north rim plateau is actually a a thousand or more feet higher than the south rim and is heavily forested, while the south rim is more of a desert environment.

    The western part of Arkansas has a lot of forests, particular the Ozark and the Ouachita mountains. While there is a considerable amount of pine, there is also a lot of hardwood.

  5. Friar Says:


    I’ve been to the North Rim, but only during the summer months (early July). I remember seeing ice in the shade, between the pine trees. I don’t know if that was the result of a hailstorm, or a freak snow storm. But at 8000 feet, I guess anything’s possible.

    I haven’t seen much of the South East. Furthest I’ve gone is Tennessee.

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