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Best Destinations for Fall Colors

Now’s the time of year to unleash your inner “leaf-peeper!” With the growing season giving way to autumnal wind-down, deciduous trees and shrubs are easing off photosynthesis and therefore production of grandly green chlorophyll, and showing off the crimsons, goldens, purples, burgundies, and browns of other pigments before shedding their leaves and settling in for the long barren haul of winter. The perfect combination of botanical diversity, latitude, and climatic factors gives the northeastern United States and adjoining Canada perhaps the world’s most celebrated fall colors, but America’s got no shortage of other leaf-peeping hotspots: from the North Woods of … Continue reading

Spring Natural Phenomena to Enjoy

Everybody has their own favorite season, of course, but in North America, the hallmarks of Spring are very nearly universally appealing. It’s hard to resist, after all, the perfumed scent of blooming wildflowers on the breeze, the happy trickle of meltwater streams, the symphonies of birdsong in the marshes and meadows, and other signs of vernal reawakening on the heels of winter chill and quiet. As we all take advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures for hiking, camping, paddling, and other outdoor fun, let’s take a moment to spotlight just a few of the classic natural phenomena that … Continue reading

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