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About the Fall Colour Photographs

Canada is famous for its fall colours. When the weather turns cool, the leaves on trees and some other leafy plants change colours. Instead of the green of summer, they can change to yellow, orange, red, or purple. Often the leaves change into multiple colours. For about three weeks, the colours of these plants are vibrant. Then, the leaves begin to dry out, change to a rust colour, and fall off the trees.

Each type of tree, and even individual tree, may change colours at a different point in the fall. Some trees begin changing colours as early as August in Ontario, while others don't really change until late September or early October. There is about a two to three week window in which most of the trees have changed colour but most of the leaves are still on the trees. The timing of this window depends on a number of weather factors, including how cool the end of the summer or early Autumn is, and how wet a year it has been.

Traditionally, Canadian Thanksgiving (the second Monday in October) in southern Ontario is the start of the best time to see the fall colours. If the trees haven't changed enough in the Toronto area by this period, a one or two hour drive north of the city will get you into an area of vibrant colour. Some years the best viewing time in the Toronto area is the week before Thanksgiving, other times it's up to two weeks after. Usually by Halloween most of the leaves have fallen. By Canadian Rememberence Day (November 11) the trees are usually bare, giving the time a particularly somber feel.

The photographs on my site were taken while I lived in Toronto. The pictures date from 1993 to 2000. All of the pictures were taken with my 35mm Nikon F-601 camera on some type of Kodak film (usually Gold 200, though later pictures used Portra professional film).

All photographs on this page are copyright © 2003 - 2005 by Allan Goodall.