Web offers kaleidoscope of autumn sites
October 3, 1996
Web posted at: 12:00 a.m. EDT
From CNN Interactive Writer Kristin Lemmerman
(CNN) -- Unless you live near or south of the equator, you
probably have seen signs that winter is on its way. The air
has a bite to it that wasn't there a month ago. Maybe you've
noticed squirrels hoarding acorns. And if you're lucky, tree
leaves are either changing color or are about to start.
The fall season is one of the most ballyhooed events for
nature lovers. But if you can't drive to spectacular sites,
the World Wide Web offers plenty of armchair travel.
Autumn in New Hampshire's White Mountains
This site, like many others, is primarily designed to
encourage you to visit the White Mountains in New England, a
part of the United States known for its spectacular autumn
The site has plenty to offer: a fall foliage report showing
where the best fall colors are and, on the same page, a
suggested travel route. The White Mountains site also
suggests appropriate dress and ways to preserve fall leaves
to enjoy them through the winter.
Northern Michigan Journal -- fall issue
The Midwest may not be considered a a fall color tourism
destination, but Midwestern states have the edge on seasonal
Web sites. The fall issue of the Northern Michigan Journal,
for example, has several links to color conditions in
different parts of the state with a little leaf image next to
each area. The leaf's color indicates how far along the fall
show is in that area.
The site also features a color map, weather forecasts, a
calendar of events and fall-related articles, including a
story about a Michigan couple who is growing antique
varieties of apples.
Chequamegon National Forest (Wisconsin) fall color tour
If you live in or near Wisconsin and want to take a leisurely
Saturday drive, you may want to check out the Chequamegon
National Forest fall color tour. The site describes weather
and leaf-turning conditions. Local festivals are listed in
the calendar of events, and other activities will be listed
soon on the still-under-construction site.
NC Natural's Fall Color Spectacular: Autumn in the Appalachians
"Autumn in the Appalachians" serves a dual purpose. For
travelers, it suggests worthwhile destinations, particularly
in the North Carolina area -- complete with travel routes,
festivals in progress and color forecasts.
If you can't leave home, the gorgeous autumn pictures on the
site are a treat.
This is one of the more detailed and interesting sites I
found on fall color. Two botanists contributed and, thanks
to them, the site has information on why leaves change color,
photographs of leaves from some of the region's more colorful
trees and related folklore.
Planning the landscape for fall color
If you'd like to do more than just view fall color on your
computer terminal, but don't have time to travel, why not
plant a tree in your yard? It's the ideal time of year to
plant shrubs and trees. Because it is cool outside, the
plants will expend their energy setting down strong roots,
rather than trying to put out new leaves and branches. That
will make them stronger and more drought-resistant later.
If you have the time and the space, but aren't sure which
trees and bushes will provide good fall interest, try out the
University of Delaware's Cooperative Extension fall color
page. It lists trees and shrubs, categorized into groups of
reds and yellows, and has other plant information.
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