According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, today is the first day of Fall.
September & October are the magic months in New England. The first time you visit, it's probably to see Fall foliage. You will not be disappointed. In fact, having lived in Utah, Kentucky and Virginia, all of which have beautiful fall seasons, I was surprised by how much more vibrant the foliage is in New England. It is unsurpassed.
In the beginning, there are hints of color here and there, in a low lying field where the cold settles in, on a stray branch no longer catching the sun's rays.
Color begins to spread. As the weather turns chilly and the sun sets earlier, the leaves have no choice but to change.
The low growing tree below is widespread along the sides of the road with brilliant yellow and red leaves.
I'm told it's a variety of Sumac.
"Stripes" by Cole Scott
The rust on the iron trestle mimics the rust in the leaves.
"1st Iron Bridge" by Cole Scott
Finally, the colors are at their peak and you know you've witnessed Nature's last gift before the snow comes, before you get to freeze your ass off for another 5 months.
This is the reason we fell in love with New England. It's one of the reasons we're still here after 14 years.
"September in New Hampshire"
All photographs by Cole Scott Photography. For more "Seasons of New England", go here.