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 By Jennifer Wood

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According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s, Fall Foliage Coordinator, Gale Ross “Maine’s fall foliage season is setting-up to be ‘typical’ with color progressing from north to south.”
“Northern Maine can see peak conditions the last week of September into the first week of October. Western, central, and southern Maine generally reach peak the second and third week of October. Coastal Maine generally reaching peak conditions October 15th through the 27th,” says Ross.
During the summer, leaves are green due to an overabundance of chlorophyll (green pigments) in the leaf. The chlorophyll is dominant and masks all other colors. As the days grow shorter, which means there is less daylight during the day, paired with cool evenings, the production of chlorophyll will be reduced. So much so, that same leaf will begin to change color.
Maine’s leaf bearing trees will show off their usual colors of yellow, orange and red in the upcoming weeks. The Fall Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry reports spotty color change in the forest. Northern Maine is reporting less than 30 percent color change with very low, less than 10 percent, leaf drop.
“Right now what we are witnessing is spotty coloration due in part to two years of drought like conditions,” explains Ross. “Last year the season was off to a slow start, but all in all it was a very good season.”
So, as we mourn the passing of summer and as we pick the last flowers in the garden, all is not lost. As with each passing year, when summer fades into fall, Maine forests will once again burst into another round of vibrant colors one last time before winter.
“A tangerine and russet cascade, of kaleidoscopic leaves. Creates a tapestry of autumn magic. Upon the emerald carpet of fading summer." Judith A. Lindberg, Shades of Autumn.