---- — ALBANY — Peak fall colors have made their first appearance of the season this weekend in the Adirondacks region.
Observers for the Empire State Development’s I Love New York program said foliage is approaching the midpoint of change in the Catskills and other areas of the state.
In Franklin County, foliage spotters in the Mt. Arab and Tupper Lake areas expected to be at peak with 85 to 90 percent color change this weekend, with average to brilliant shades of cranberry, scarlet, bronze, pumpkin, goldenrod and russet providing a nice contrast to the few fading greens.
Near-peak foliage will greet visitors to western Essex County. Spotters on Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington are looking at near-peak colors, with 45 percent leaf change and brilliant shades of red and orange.
Nearby in Lake Placid, expect near peak foliage this weekend with bright gold, red, orange and yellow leaves.
The color percentage is much lower in the Lake Champlain area of the county, where it is still predominately green in the valley, with fall colors ranging from 5 to 20 percent.
In Herkimer County, observers in Old Forge were calling for 80 to nearly 100 percent color change, as color advanced rapidly over the past week. Look for bright oranges, reds, golds and russets.
In Hamilton Country, Indian Lake foliage spotters expected 35 to 40 percent color change. Green still predominates, but shades of red are beginning to take over and variations of yellow and orange are just beginning to emerge.
The midpoint of change was expected in the Lake Pleasant area in Hamilton County, with midpoint to near peak in Long Lake.