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It's still technically summer until the 23rd, but the light is slanting a little lower, casting a glow on the fields ready for harvest. Cooler days make comfortable excursions through coloring forests. There's plenty of adventures to be had.

One 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. Each fall, millions of trees in the eastern deciduous forests respond to the shorter days and cooler nights by beginning preparations for their dormant winter period. It is just business as usual for the trees, but for us, it is a spectacular display of the beauty and diversity of nature.

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  • Fall Color Finder
    This on-line version of Laurel Hill Press' Fall Color Finder is a great primer for autumn tree identification.

  • Fall Facts & Folklore
    • Interview- 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.
    • Fall Facts
      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
    • Scientific 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.
    • Autumn folklore
      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.

  • Wings 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.

  • Links 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 readers.

  • NCNatural Selections
    The ultimate resource for books and reference materials for North Carolina.

  • North Carolina Weather -
    More than just the forcast. We've got links to maritime conditions, surf reports, river levels and a lot more.

  • Event Calendars -
    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.

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Misc. September Stuff
September around North Carolina
Last Quarter
Newl Moon
First Quarter
Full Moon

Autumn Equinox - Sept. 22, 12:30 PM

September Gardening

Vegetable Planting Guide*
Mustard 8/1-9/15 Onions, seeds 9/1-9/30, sets or plants 9/1-9/15
Radishes 8/15-9/15 Radishes, daikon 8/15-9/15

*Dates shown are for the upper coastal plain and lower piedmont. In western North Carolina delay planting 10 to 20 days in spring. In eastern North Carolina plant 7 to 14 days earlier in the spring and 7 to 10 days later in the fall. (From NC Cooperative Extension Guidelines)


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