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Bill Leslie: Fall foliage frustrations

Posted November 8, 2018 7:11 a.m. EST
Updated November 8, 2018 7:57 a.m. EST

— For the second year in a row, the Triangle has put on a better fall foliage show than the mountains of North Carolina.

Warm weather and powerful winds from two tropical systems put the mountains at a disadvantage this year. The colors were at least two weeks late and muted in the high country.

Bill Leslie: Fall foliage frustrations

The Triangle, however, managed to sport a spectacular array of autumnal colors in Raleigh, Cary and surrounding communities, especially during the last two weeks with the advent of cooler weather.

Raleigh calls itself the City of Oaks, but the entire Triangle region has a wealth of hardwoods which dissolve into beacons of gold, yellow, orange and red this time of year.

Bill Leslie: Fall foliage frustrations

Hats off to developers who understand the beauty of trees and importance they play in the atmosphere of this vibrant region.

I’ve crafted a musical video of autumn colors from the Triangle to the mountains. The music is from my “Across the Water” album. My favorite fall image this year is the Flag of Scotland mysteriously showing up in the sky and on a lake near my home in Cary. The picture is included in the video.