|Maples lead the way as the days grow shorter. Trees stop production of green chlorophyll and as it fades, the yellows, reds and oranges that have been there all spring and summer appear.|
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There is no season in New England that is not beautiful. Yet, when one thinks of when it is at its most alluring, it has to be autumn. Whether one has been in New England or not, the reputation of the dazzling display of red, yellow, orange and purple on the oaks, maples, birches, ashes, butternuts and even the muted yellows on the pines are well known iconic images of America's northeast, seen in innumerable posters, calendars, greeting cards and post card set in the mountains and fishing villages along the craggy Atlantic coast.
|Typical granite walls and fall colors of New England|
|Typical autumn scene along U.S. Highway 1 in Maine|
|As the days shorten, the air is cooler and as it passes over the still relatively warmer (but still very cold) waters of the Gulf of Maine, a fog known as "sea smoke" forms, producing an ethereal quality.|
|Oranges and reds appear, enhancing nature's palette.|
|Shrubs also join the colorful display. Here, bittersweet, which has been in plain sight all summer, stands out in bright yellow. The root and bark is used in herbal medicines, but the berries are poisonous.|
|A boat leaves for open water in the bright early morning Maine sun.|
|The large gray pine trunks add contrast to the beautiful maples and ferns.|
|Ferns also lose chlorophyll and add to the autumn colors for a short while before withering away.|
|Pine trees also drop needles (their type of leaves) in autumn, but do not shed them all.|
|All over Maine one can find quiet lanes to wander and enjoy the changing colors.|
|Clam digging with a lovely autumn backdrop|
|A beautiful fall carpet.|
|One of the most stunning effects is bright yellow leaves and |
wet, black bark.
|Eventually, long sections of woods burst forth in continuous colors, giving a gorgeous scene for passersby to enjoy.|
|Fog mutes the colors, lending a ghostly cover to a cemetery|
|What New England autumn post would be complete without a picturesque seaside village nestled in brilliant foliage? This beautiful scene is of Blue Hill, Maine.|