It’s a slightly early fall here. I drove yesterday from the Garlic Festival in Saugerties home via Tannersville and West Kill. While in Saugerties the color had barely begun and in Palenville there was just a hint, on the mountain top it is peak right now. Haines Falls, Tannersville, Hunter, and West Kill are all at peak color and look great. Around me the colors are not as good, to be honest – in large part I believe due to a disease hitting the black cherries. The cherries, which are an important part of the forest on rocky soils too thin to support sugar maple, had mostly lost their leaves by the beginning of September.