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Fall Foliage peak is approaching

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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 12:00 pm

It’s autumn, and vivid hues of oranges, reds and yellows are gracing the scene before all in Appomattox County and the vast landscape of Virginia and beyond.

According to various reports, warmer temperatures and recent wet weather delayed the color transition by a few weeks from its typical showing in previous years.

This year, peak fall foliage is expected around Nov. 5, according to the SmokyMountains.com Fall Foliage Prediction Map.

That makes this weekend a good time for leaf peeping.

Leaf peeping is the phrase for that activity in which people make their pilgrimage to survey and photograph the autumn dance of colorful leaves. For the determined leaf peeper, it’s good news to hear the temperature drop is coaxing the red and orange hues onto the outdoor scenery.

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) website, central and northern Virginia roads provide some prime vantage points for leaf peeping. Sumac, Virginia creeper and poison ivy add pops of red to the canvas that is nature.

According to the VDOF fall foliage report as of Oct. 27, there are still a few more weeks to enjoy the mountain color. Cooler temperatures are finally bringing out the reds and oranges of maples.

Below are a list of trees and what colors their leaves change into.

Ash: yellow, maroon

Beech: yellow to orange

Dogwood: scarlet to purple

Hickory: golden bronze

Oak: red, brown or russet

Poplar: golden yellow

Red maple: brilliant scarlet

The VDOF website (www.dof.virginia.gov/fall/) also provides various routes for leaf-peeping without the traffic that would come with the most frequented stopping places.

For the tech user, Yankee Magazine has an app called Leaf Peepr. The app helps leaf peepers find the best opportunity and allows them to share their finds with other app users.

Users can submit foliage reports through photos, comments and location ratings. Within the app, there’s a “peak slider” so users can rate the location’s foliage and thereby help others in their leaf-peeing adventures.

It’s recommended that leaf peepers make a day of adventure and hit the road with friends and family. They can discover a new restaurant or brewery while they’re out and about or simply find a favorite new leaf peeping location to frequent again and again year after year.

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