It's that time of year again, when the out-of-area license plates start appearing en masse, and the bus trips start heading up I-91 into VT. The colors of autumn have begun making their first appearances around the Central MA area. My local barometer (the neighbor's sugar maple) actually started (as it always does) in the middle of August; since then, I haven't seen as many changes as in the past.
Last year we peaked late, the constant rains of last fall bringing that about. This year has been relatively dry. If I were to guess, I'd say that we are going to have a good year for color, but peaking around our average time in mid-October.
As always, I'll keep my eyes out during my travels and keep everyone posted.