Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's Coming

We enjoy spending a weekend away in the fall not just for the reason that a change in scenery is not only enjoyable, but it is therapy as well.  This past weekend we joined everyone else  chasing the leaves in New England.  We spent a couple of days in the Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire, and our base was in North Conway.  The fall colors were just about peak up north, and they were late in coming out this year.

The exceptionally hot and humid weather we had a couple of weeks ago, not having a hard frost, or two yet along with all that extra rain in September has confused the bejeepers out of the leaves.

All over New England the foliage has been muted with less reds because of the fungus the rain brought to the maples.  As we were driving home on I-290 through Worcester on Sunday the amount of green leaves still clinging to the trees was remarkable for this time of year.

No heavy frost so the chlorophyll stays in the leaf, and the leaf stays on the tree.  It looks like the first of October instead of entering its third week.

Thus far it has been a foliage fiasco.

But, wait, it's coming.

The sad faces of the TV meteorologists as they proclaimed the foliage season a bust this year, are about to change.  Mother Nature has not surrendered, she never does.

The color we saw in New Hampshire this past weekend were phenomenal, despite a storm the night we arrived that blew many of the leaves from the trees, and it's coming our way.

The photos below are a preview of what is to come to Central Massachusetts, and Sturbridge,  very soon.

All is not lost, leaf lovers.  Enjoy.

Photos © 2011 W. Hersee

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