Foliage color already appearing in Adirondacks; burgundy and yellow most common
Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 4:26 pm

In a clear sign that fall is on its way, the leaves have begun to change color throughout the Adirondacks.

Observers in Old Forge, Herkimer County, expect 15 percent color change by the end of the weekend, with burgundy and yellow colors predominating.Colors are already turning in the eleven mile woods outside of Santa Clara on Rt. 458.  Photo by Robin Beaulieu of St. Regis Falls.Colors are already turning in the eleven mile woods outside of Santa Clara on Rt. 458. Photo by Robin Beaulieu of St. Regis Falls.

Color changes have also been spotted in the Tupper Lake area, where observers expect 10 to 15 percent color changes as well, according to the website for “Discover What You Love About NYS This Fall.”

The leaves begin to change as fall temperatures set in. As the amount of daylight decreases, the trees cease to produce cholorphyll, or green pigment, according to “The Foliage Network.”

As the green pigment begins to break down the other pigments are able to show through, including the reds and yellows of fall, said “The Foliage Network.”

For a map of state color changes, as well as up to date information on the changes, please visit “Discover What You Love About NYS This Fall” or “The Foliage Network.”