Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Autumn Splendor - The Foliage Report

Their job done!

----A Postcards from New York Encore----

Dear Postcards from New York Reader,

This time of year always reminds me of a "Johnny Walker" ad some years ago "When the trees have done their job even they turn to Red."

The last vestige of summer gone the cooler weather signals the approaching holiday season, harvest time, Halloween pumpkins, and Thanksgiving.

October and November can race by in a flash, unless you live in the suburbs or near Central Park where nature's physical changes are ever-present. In this city, it is possible to miss out on Autumn's special beauty altogether; Don't let that happen this year.

Plan now to spend a weekend in the country. The Catskills, Long Island and Poconos are not far away if upstate New York, Vermont and New Hampshire would require more time and planning than your schedule allows.

Closer to home, take a leisurely drive along the Hudson River Parkway; marvel at the Palisades awash with colors or experience Autumn's silent music along the Saw Mill River Parkway, The Taconic or US Highway (7) in Connecticut.

You will find a foliage map here of nearby forest and woodland areas to alert you to the peak time to experience nature at its most dramatic moment before it begins to hibernate for the long winter.

Autumn more than any other season keeps us in touch with the cycle of life. Somehow as the trees change they ignite our inner spirit.

If, despite all your efforts, life gets in the way and a weekend or day in the country is out of the question; the New York Botanical Garden is only a 20 minute train ride from Grand Central Station. Go; let yourself be captivated by the magnificent Henry Moore sculptures on display and walk the trails in over 50 acres of natural forest for an hour or two.

Just don't miss out, whatever you do, on this season's spectacle of Autumn colors.

Jacqueline Cable

Photo courtesy of the New York Botanical Garden

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