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Autumn Colors Spreading Across America

Wayne Ruple has been writing about travel for several years and many of his videos can be found on YouTube.

Beautiful Colors Slowly Cover America

Autumn colors spread across northern Alabama (Wayne Ruple)

Autumn colors spread across northern Alabama (Wayne Ruple)

Colder Temperatures Create Patterns of Color Across Nation

As colder temperatures sweep across America, trees from the tip of Maine to states in the deep South release their brilliant colors for the fall season.

Buses filled with lovers of fall colors spread out on routes displaying the best colors for viewing and photographing. Most of the nation has now either peaked or will be peaking over the next few weeks

This color changing process which everyone enjoys is brought about as chlorophyll in the leaves break down. This is brought on by shorter days (length of exposure to light) and those drops in temperature which cause the leaves to stop creating food for themselves. And temperature changes can also cause some trees to produce brighter, more intensely colored leaves.

Wayne Ruple

Wayne Ruple

Temperatures can create more intense colors in some leaves (Wayne Ruple)

Temperatures can create more intense colors in some leaves (Wayne Ruple)

Timing Is Everything

When it comes to viewing autumn leaves at their peak colors, timing is everything and right now most of the New England states, those around the Great Lakes and Rocky Mountain states have or are in the process of reaching what is called peak seaon.

As you view a national map, states where colors are beginning to show include half of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio. Nebraska and those states along the East Coast.

The Great Smokey Mountains National Park and those states bordering the Cumberlands are now seeing some peak color.

By late October and early November peak colors should be seen in all of The Southern states and by mid November those beautiful leaves will be fallen to the ground and winter weather will cover most of the nation.

Forest Woods Lake (Jeff Klugiewicz - Pixabay)

Forest Woods Lake (Jeff Klugiewicz - Pixabay)

Colors along the trail (Valiphotos - Pixabay)

Colors along the trail (Valiphotos - Pixabay)

The Dying Embers of Fall

While children enjoy playing in a big pile of raked leaves, the process of birth and death as it relates to the forest and to leaves is one of nature's way of decomposing plant material back on the earth to provide richer soil.

Once on the earth the colorful leaves break down, creating rich humus on the earth that absorbs rain water and dew which in-turn promotes life for the coming spring.

This cyclic process also helps protect the trees giving them some warmth through the winter.

JillWellington - Instagram/Pixabay

JillWellington - Instagram/Pixabay


  • to suit taste whipped creame
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 shots coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • half tablespoon pumpkin spice
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin, pureed


  1. Brew your coffee or espresso
  2. Combine the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, milk, vanilla extract and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat on the stove until hot while stirring.
  3. Pour the contents of the saucepan into the blender and blend for 30 seconds
  4. Pour the espresso in the mug and top with the pumpkin mixture
  5. Finish with whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice. Serves 2

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Wayne Ruple (author) from Oneonta, Alabama on October 17, 2020:

Thanks for you comments, glad you enjoyed the story.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 17, 2020:


I just snapped a few pictures of the trees changing colors the other day while we were driving

I am working on a poem about these beautiful colors but have not finished it yet.

It always amazes me...I do love it each year.

I guess that's one good thing because I really don't enjoy colder weather.

Thanks for the share.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 17, 2020:

Your article encourages me to view aitumn in a more favourable light.

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