Leaves take on more vibrant fall colors

Photo by Tom Rivers: The leaves have turned to red on this tree at the Courthouse Square in Albion. The First Presbyterian Church of Albion is in back.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 October 2021 at 12:51 pm

If you’ve been around Orleans County, it’s a more colorful drive lately. The leaves have started to change to yellow, orange and red.

The local area is behind many parts of the state. In the Adirondacks, vibrant peak and near-peak leaves will arrive this weekend. Some near-peak foliage is also expected in parts of the Thousand Islands-Seaway region this weekend, according to I Love New York, the state’s tourism agency.

In the Greater Niagara region, foliage spotters in Springville predict 50 percent color change, with muted orange and yellow leaves, according to the state’s foliage report.

“In Genesee County, reports from Byron expect more than 25% color change and red leaves of average brilliance,” according to the report. “Orleans County spotters in Albion expect about 10% color change and bursts of red leaves.”

New York’s Fall Foliage Report offers a color report for the leaves in different regions of the state.