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This is another color article by OFA. Great article but being color deficient Red -Green I don’t see the colors herein described. The deficiency is handed down to the males from the mother especially if color deficiency runs in the family, my family is loaded with it, escaped one brother. There are some females that are color deficient as I’ve learned. The rods and cones in the eye dictate.
I live within my world and don’t miss a thing. I see yellows and blues. The blues emitting from ice glaciers are beautiful. The reason being all the wave lengths of visible light enter the glacier / iceberg, but only the blue wave length escapes to be seen. If red light wave escaped, it’d probably be black color. Color is better seen if closer to the source (like traffic lights) . Believe that the intensity of light increases or decreases by the square of the distance, coming or going away from the source, remembering my college physics book from 40 years ago.
Knowing what colors a tree has is by knowing the tree as in the tabled herein. Ash or Sumac is not mentioned, I see Ash as dull yellow and dark red, could be burnt yellow and dead; Sumac is brilliant Red as I perceive. Rainbows are yellow and blue.
There are millions of color deficient people in the US. Recently colored glasses were available to allow color deficient see “normal”. It was a color transformation, WOW regarding sunsets, brilliant green road signs all for $300 +++. Not for me. So there are some corrective means.
Pity the people on a South Pacific island all just black & white vision due to inbreeding. You’d be surprised what I’ve done in the Air Force inspecting colored wiring and running jet engines with dials being colored coded for limitations. I knew what I was doing and adapted.
Fall foliage is beautiful, the yellows and golds and maybe reds. For me the best part of Autumn and the colored leaves is the smell of the season change and the purity of it. Don’t need color detection for that.
Be interesting if OFA would investigate this human endeavor for an article so all will know what it’s like. Very simple. Also include color charts that signifies good color vision and charts that if seen determine color deficiency. I felt good seeing the numbers, until the doc said I was color blind. The Military and other law enforcement agencies use the means to determine a color problem prior to enlistment. I missed out on a lot of high regarded systems work. and careers. And many funny stories. and incidences.
Waxed Autumn Leaves: put wax in a double-boiler; heat until melted; dip leaves in wax one at a time; dry; use to decorate hallways; etc.
To preserve Autumn leaves for window decorations; put the leaves in 2 pieces of wax paper in a heavy book; leave for a few weeks; the color of the leaves will last awhile: then scotch tape to windows; doors;
Our leaves are still mainly green. There are a few tinges of color and a few early overachievers, but we are still quite summery. I think our leaves will be later than usual this year. Our peak is generally mid-Oct.
I'm planning a fall wedding in Ohio. Right now we are thinking October 12th of 2019, do you think we will have any fall foliage at that point? Do you know when the 2019 Fall Foliage guide will be posted?
I'm planning a fall wedding in 2017 in Niagara Falls, ON. The dates available are Sept 30 and Oct 28. For best chance of changed coloured leaves with some on the ground, which date would you suggest?
Hmm. You might call Niagara Parks in Ontario for their recommendation. In general, it looks like the mid to late October is the peak in that region, the display being delayed by the warmer water and microclimate (according to the Niagara Falls State Park on the U.S. side), but that can vary each year depending on various factors.
The following site from Yankee Magazine offers a live fall foliage map which extends to the Niagara Falls area on the U.S. border. As of November 11, for example, the area around Buffalo, New York is reporting still at peak, but a tiny bit north, along the shore of Lake Ontario, the fall foliage display has ended. [Here in southeastern NH, at elevation 1,440 feet, on November 11, most leaves have fallen, but there are a few trees still clinging on to their leaves, in russets, browns, and a few deep golds. Most reds, bright oranges, and yellows are gone.]
My guess is that September 30 would show a few spots of color on some trees, but the color display would not be in full gear yet, and not many leaves on the ground (and not many bare branches). However, October 28, you might be past peak, with many leaves on the ground and perhaps not as many colorful leaves still on the trees.
For more information, you might be interested in the following:
There are several webcams of Niagara Falls — you might check them for an idea of what November looks like there, to give you an idea of late October, perhaps.
Hope this helps!
My back yard has a foot of leaves from my eight birch trees that have been dropped over the last two weeks. I've lived just outside of Andrew's Air Force Base in Maryland for 30 years and don't remember the leaves dropping this early before now. Elderly so maybe a faulty memory?
Nevertheless, can you tell me if this is due to our odd weather or are my trees in danger? As would be my house if this means they are sick or dying...
Thanking you in advance for whatever help you can give.
We can not be absolutely certain whether the leaves of your birch trees are falling on schedule or not; there are too many factors involved. Nor do we know if your trees are in danger, however, we can tell you signs to look for:
• do the leaves have spots? This could be an indication of fungal disease or insect feeding.
• drought stress can cause leaves to turn yellow and drop. Drought has been a problem in a lot of places.
• it’s possible that your birches have an iron deficiency. This stems (no pun intended) from poor soil—poor in terms of what the tree needs. Soil that is too alkaline for iron to be available to the tree can be a problem. Adding iron sulphite can help. But get a soil test before you add anything.
• Finally, look around the neighborhood or area for trees like yours (with or without their leaves). If they have not dropped their leaves, see if the owner can share his care tips and ideas. If the trees have dropped their leaves, do the same. At least this way you will have a better sense of this is a singular problem for you or if other birches are “acting” the same way.
We hope this helps!
Thank you for this *intelligent* article on autumn foliage!! I was born and lived in New England (70 yrs. ago) but at the age of 22 left to live in NORWAY. I have all these 48 yrs. missed the beautiful New England fall colors 'the Almanac Staff' mentions as being just about the brightest in the US. Do yo have any *almanac* friends in Norway that can enlighten me/us as to why I see so little of those gorgeous REDS here. I have rightfully understood throughout the years that soil, rainy/foggy autumns, amount of light/length of days (we have an early dark period as opposed to the well-known long sunny/light days of summer); and we get very early winters (lasting so long as to give us approx. 2 mos. each of the other 3 seasons many places in Norway!)...
For the past 7 years I have lived in the mountainous valley called Sigdal, and I see (as you may well suspect) only a few reds among our most common deciduous trees: Aspen (though rather often in just a yellow-orange frock), Mt. ash (a native rowan, in particular the 'European Sorbus aucuparia'--also in variations of colors, not always red), some maples (but not many and perhaps a different 'variety' than we had in New England??--maybe with far less 'sugar content'? that tend to be orange more than deep red)...Can you suggest a good link on this subject or tell us if what I experience here in the county of Buskerud, Norway IS very different to New England--and for what reasons. Grateful if I receive an answer...Thank you!!