Finally Fall

The calendar has told us that it’s fall for some time now, but the recent weather has finally confirmed it.  If you look around, you can see the greenery slowly changing to beautiful fall hues of red, orange and gold.

The 2018 Farmers’ Almanac has published a handy resource guide to help determine the best dates to see fall foliage at its peak in each state. According to the list, our area should be experiencing peak colors over the next couple of weeks.

In its list, the Farmers’ Almanac also gives us the best location for viewing the fall colors in each region of the United States. We fall under the South Central Zone, which includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.  It suggests visiting Hawksbill Crag, in the Ozark National Forest, for observing the best fall colors in our region. If you are planning any travel this fall, you might want to check out the complete list of places to visit for fall colors.

If you are curious about why leaves change in the fall, here is another link to study.



Keeping with the fall theme, Reader’s Digest published a list in 2016 that shares 21 Weird Ways the World Changes in Fall.  Some of the highlights of the list are below:

  • Fall babies tend to live longer, according to a study done by the University of Chicago.


  • Monarch butterflies migrate in the fall, and our area just happens to be in a prime location to spot the beauties on their way to warmer climates. Plant some milkweed to increase your chances of attracting the beautiful butterflies to your yard.


  • Autumn used to be referenced as “harvest,” mainly due to the moonlight that helped the farmers work late into the night.


  • Daylight Savings Time ends in November, giving us an extra hour of rest.


  • Pumpkins are the iconic symbol of fall. They are grown on six of the seven continents.


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