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NATURE WATCH: The Hills Are Ablaze


by Nona Estrin

This fall red maples brightened without a spoiling wind or rain for long enough, that in many areas, ash leaves had time to color alongside them, the sugar maples not even in the picture yet! Whole hills, entire mountains, where soils are too thin to support many sugar maples, are still blazing with this color. The ashes, a huge part of our Vermont forests, have had, with dry or overly hot spells, years of early leaf drying, but this year, most locations were cool and damp enough to allow them the display of a life time, from yellow through peach to deepest mahogany. Glorious!! And sugar maples are next!