Following the Foliage

Boat in water at dock with fall colors in the background on the shoreWith the foliage in the Northeast drifting past peak, New Jersey is starting to post color change in the northern part of the state where it is approaching peak, and in the southern coastal part of the state where it is just starting to turn, along the coast. Check out the New Jersey foliage map and fall foliage resources at the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and this article on New Jersey Fall Foliage and this years leaf-peeping season in the Garden State.

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Leaf-peeping and Tattoos

Tree with yellow leaves in front of shop front with Open sign

Flow Studio ib Claremont NH to take a break from leafpeepeing

Catching glimpses of the fall foliage before it vanishes on the drive to Sunapee Lake in ew Hampshire and Claremont New Hampshire, we stopped in Claremont for lunch and to continue the search for the best cider donut. Before eating at the Revolution Cafe, we stopped into FlowStudios, one of the newest shopfronts in the Moody Building, in Opera House Square> Proprietors and tattoo artists Justin Melton and Marissa Sta[les welcomed us with several other customers who were looking at hand made crystal wraps, paintings from local artists, candles, and Halloween treats given out to customer’s children and “big kids” with a sweet tooth!

I loved the chess board set up in the front window, and the books and magazines in a cozy corner. One friend of the studio was sitting with his coffee and phone, quick to talk about social media and tattoos. We loved the welcoming atmosphere. Although we didn’t stay for a tattoo, we’ll return near the holidays for the scenery of the rolling hills in Claremont, the great walkable shopfronts downtown, some local gifts from Flow Studios and maybe a chess game with Marissa.

Looking into Flow studio with glass cases left and right with crystal wraps and other artwork

Justin Melton and Marissa Staples in Flow Studios talking with customers

If you’re in Claremont, it’s worth a stop!


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Leaf-peeping by satellite

Pond with cattails in the foreground surrounded by autumn foliage

Of course you are still looking for the best leaf-peeping locale! Aren’t we all? Check out the leaf-peeping map compiled by satellite posted on the Washington Post. It is an image compiled of images taken seasonally for the last 10 years of foliage colors across the country, in the article “Fall Colors on Display Across the Land.” Great foliage pics from various locations across the country.

For more foliage pics, the article also mentions two great foliage blogs Fall Foliage of New England by Jeff “Foliage” Folger, and California Fall Color by John Poimiroo. Great fall foliage photos on each with links to local reports. Tell them sent you over!

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Pre Storm Pics

Golden foliage on tree in cemetery

Cemetery in Saco Maine with peak foliage

There are still plenty of pockets of peak foliage after last work’s Nor/easter that brought down many leaves with the rain and wind, bringing snow to some of the higher elevations in New England and New York. This article over the weekend from Spectrum News has some great pictures sent in my readers of fall foliage prior to the storm. Check it out!

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Spectacular Foliage in the Sierras

Lake shore with fall color through trees

Estes Lake in Alfred, Naine

It is difficult as someone from the East Coast to imaging more beautiful fall colors than what we experience each year in New England, but this article, “Who Needs the East Coast? Fall Foliage in the Sierras Looks Positively Beautiful,”  has a gallery of some of the most spectacular leaf-peeping around California, with some great links for the best places to see durum foliage this season. According to the article the colors this year see, to be lasting longer, so grab your camera and get peeping!

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New England Foliage Post Storm

Golden foliage alongside roadway with split rail fenceIf you are wondering about the foliage after the recent nor’easter, these foliage pics  on the Telegram will put your concerns to rest. According to, New England is experiencing peak foliage right now, and the article also mentions the results of a recent survey of New Ebglanders about their favorite leaf-peeping locations. Of course, at the top of the list is Vermont, Maine, and many locations near Boston.

There’s still time and plenty of New England fall foliage scenes to enjoy!

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Fall in Ohio

Roadwat with fall foliage on both sidesWith the fall foliage at near peak in many parts of the Northeast the Midwest foliage season is just getting started in Ohio. Peak foliage in Southern Ohio is early November, with color just starting to change in northern Ohio. Check out Fall in Ohio for great foliage road trips, foliage reports and upcoming events. How about the Fall Wine Express— a rail ride through beautiful foliage with wine and snacks being served. Meet me in Ohio!

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Fall Stargazing

Hay bales in field with fall foliage in background

Field near Kennebunk Observatory

It took a family member from Baltimore to remind us that we had a very unique opportunity in our community–the Kennebunk Observatory . After driving down a country lane at sunset, in a field with hay bales scattered about, and peak foliage in the distance, we were able to look at Jupiter, Saturn, and the spectacular craters on the moon. It added a whole new dimension to the fall foliage and leaf-peeping. If you’re in the area, they will open for small groups, or have regular star gazing opportunities. It is worth the visit!

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Leaf-peeping by Train

Train crossing bridge with fall colored trees in the background

Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

What better way to see the changing fall colors than by train?  For a list of some of the best national fall foliage train tours, check out . For a sampling of of the autumn foliage leaf-peeping excursions in New England try  Several years ago, we enjoyed the Conway Scenic Railroad in New Hampshire and found it to be a great family excursion. Enjoy!

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Maryland Leaf-Peeping

yellow leaves across a lawn

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

With the foliage starting to peak in the Northeast your sights may be on leaf-peeping further south to follow the fall colors. The Department of Natural Resources in Maryland is hosting a weekly Fall Foliage and Festival Report that is quite comprehensive including a foliage map for the state, weather and events coming up.


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