of the greatest shows in the natural world occurs yearly in the forests
and fields of the eastern United States as prolific flowers, turning
leaves and colorful creatures paint the Autumn landscape. Nature's annual
autumn color festival is certainly one of the greatest shows on earth
and the peak begins in North Carolina's mountains this month, moving
coastward where the peak will be in late November.
This on-line version of Laurel Hill Press' Fall Color Finder
is a great primer for autumn tree identification.
- Fall Facts
Dr. C. Ritchie Bell, botanist
In a recent interview with NCNatural Digest, Dr. Bell, with
his wife and coauthor Dr. Lindsey, talked about their interest
in botany and about Fall Color.
Magnificent Fall Colors only occur in a few places on earth.
To give you some idea of why it happens, we have Fall Foliage
Facts, reprinted from Fall Colors & Woodland Harvests
basis of Autumn color
A slightly more technical explanation of why leaves turn and
fall. We're happy to report that this page has been endorsed
by the National Science Teachers Association.
Weather prognostication is always a great topic to ponder. Find
out how the locals read the signs and see what you think the
weather is going to be like in the coming months.
- Photographing Fall Color
Tips from the experts at the New York Institute of Photography can
help make your fall photos the best ever.
On The Wind
As a bonus to the autumn splendor, we are also treated to the movements
of Monarch Butterflies, Hawks and many other birds through the season.
It's a great time for wildlife viewing.
to Regional Information
Of course the cooler days and beautiful color are great enticements
to get outside and explore, so we've provided links to regional
information to find out about local color and plan your getaway.
We have been
very privileged to have received assistance on these pages from special guests,
the renowned botanists Dr. C.R. Bell and Dr. Anne H. Lindsey, authors of the
definitive Fall Colors and Woodland Harvests and other great botanical
reference books and videos, available from Laurel Hill
Press. They have provided wonderful
insight into nature's fall miracle for thousands of their devoted
- NCNatural Selections
The ultimate resource for books and reference materials for North
Carolina Weather -
More than just the forcast. We've got links to maritime conditions,
surf reports, river levels and a lot more.
It's certainly not too early to start planning your next NC adventure.
Here are the links to whats happening throughout the state.
- Music and Festivals -
Spring comes in with music in the air. Get the updates.
- Travel Resources-
We've got a lot of resources for helping you plan your next NC getaway,
whether it's to the beach, the mountains or anywhere in-between.