Fall Color in Early October

Invasive burning bush shows off its fall color, Moraine State Park, 9 Oct 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

14 October 2023

In October Pennsylvania’s Department Conservation and Natural Resources produces a weekly Fall Color Report with photographic samples from around the state. They promise this week will be colorful in the Northern Tier but we’re only getting started in southwestern PA. The fall color exception is Somerset County where high elevation creates a cooler climate.

PA fall color prediction for 12-18 Oct 2023 (map from PA DCNR)

As you can see, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park is still mostly green …

… though a few maples are changing color.

The reddest maples are quick to drop their leaves so the predominant colors are still green and yellow.

Some flowers and fruits add a splash of color.

But for really gorgeous red and orange yesterday’s sunrise was the best.

Sunrise in Pittsburgh on 13 October 2023 (photo by Kate St. John)

“Red sky at morn, sailors forewarn” came true with today’s all-day rain.

(photos by Kate St. John, map from PA DCNR with link in the caption)

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