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    Past Peak in the Adirondack Park

    By the time you read this, the fall peak foliage colors will be well behind us and heading south to the Catskills. One of my readers and former editor of the Suffolk County News, Nancy Keating, was writing to me recently of the uniqueness of the northeast tree colors. I include a quote here from her email to me.

    "Today (September 23rd) we are officially entering fall, MY favorite season of the year. I never thought about "what's coming" because fall is so fresh, and the colors so lovely, and I really like apples and anything you make from them. Even winter has its points. I do feel sorry for people who plan their whole lives for some later time. (Of course some people will discuss the fable of the ant and the grasshopper and extol the virtues of planning, too. Good points to both sides of the argument?)

    My mother--not normally a font of random factoids--once commented that, apart from the Northeastern United States, the only other part of the world that has such a beautiful range of fall colors is northeastern China. (All because of the combination of trees.) Just more confirmation that this season is special for we who are lucky enough to live here and see it."

    My thoughts exactly. I’ve made it very clear to you guys that I love every season for what it is. Certainly I tend to favor the summer for obvious reasons. But I really do enjoy the difference of each of our four seasons. I think I mentioned this to you before, but this is one thing I really missed while living in California.

    Yeah, you can rationalize that there really was a difference between summer and winter because it rains so much in the winter in California. But the truth of the matter was I had some pretty amazing days on the beach in the "winter" out there. And it was totally weird to see stores and houses decorated for Christmas. Some people even had fake snow with flowering bushes still in their yard. This is something I just didn’t get.

    Don’t get me wrong, I loved California and all the good weather I had. I just really missed the four seasons. Which is the main reason I moved back east. Aside from our horrible winters, (and I even enjoy that season from indoors mostly), I think this is the perfect place for me.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"