Why climate change is making it harder to chase fall foliage


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Not a good year for autumn colors.

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I love autumn, it's my favourite season, but this is the first time I've heard the expression "leaf peeping". Viewing autumn leaves is an activity definitely worthy of a name.

Here in Nagano, the leaves are out in force at about 1800m above sea level. We were up there yesterday, it was a glorious cloudless day, and there were hundreds of people out. It's a great time of year to be in the mountains.

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The intensity and length of time of the autumn colors depend on what happened during the summer months. How hot, how much rain. Some autumns are better than others.

Nagano is a beautiful place for the autumn months, especially Kamikochi. Made many paintings when we lived there. Kurobe Dam and Hakuba are other great places.

Live cam

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I've always loved viewing the leaves in Japan, and even here at home in Canada, but if I'm going to be called a 'leaf peeper' (which sounds ugly and pornographic), I'll quit.

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October-November are absolutely my favorite months in Japan (especially November), the weather isn't too hot nor too cold, the skies are generally clear and the colors of the leaves are amazing.

I have noticed that depending on the weather, some leaves have already fallen off before they could change and some trees are half yellow/half green still, some are still green and some already in color. It's definitely not a uniform experience.

@zichi Thank you for the live cam, I am going to Kamikochi for the first time this weekend so I'm excited to see the colors.

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