September 12, 1999
This week Surfing the Net with Kids surpassed 35,000
subscribers, traffic at my Web
site reached an all time high, iVillage told me I am the most popular
expert on their computer
and my newspaper column was picked up in London (making me an
INTERNATIONALLY syndicated newspaper columnist.)
Thank you and L’Shana Tova.
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coastal San Diego we don’t get a very showy display of fall colors. But
the Internet provides a window onto the world, and I can watch the Eastern
leaves fall from my desktop. Whether you’re planning a road trip, or just
want a virtual tour — here’s where you’ll find fabulous fall color
"Nature’s annual autumn color festival is certainly
one of the greatest shows on earth. Each fall, millions of trees in the
eastern deciduous forests respond to the shorter days and cooler nights by
beginning preparations for their dormant winter period. It is just business
as usual for the trees, but for us, it is a spectacular display of the
beauty and diversity of nature." This fabulous site from North
Carolina includes a visual guide to fall leaves, a detailed scientific
explanation of fall colors, and tidbits of fall folklore ("A warm
November is the sign of a bad winter.")
"For all you Leaf Peepers – this is the place to get the latest on
where to admire autumn’s color show!" Jim Cantore, autumn expert,
forecasts that this year’s drought "will mean a shorter
period between color change and defoliation." So timing, as they say,
is everything. With its national perspective, Weather.com includes
month-by-month foliage maps for all parts of the country (even the West.)
"Did you know that leaves that change color in fall actually have
those same beautiful colors all year round? The green pigment, chlorophyll,
is so concentrated in the spring and summer that it masks the other
pigments that are already there." Take a virtual trip to
Pennsylvania. With birds chirping in the background, you can view six fall
foliage Web cams. Okay, there’s not a lot of action, but if you fall in
love with one of these serene scenes, you can download it to use as
wallpaper for your PC desktop.
The experts in Vermont are expecting the usual display of fall colors to
be affected by this year’s drought and heat. With the additional stresses
of car exhaust and other environment hazards, trees on busy roads will be
most affected. So if you are visiting, get off the highways and into the
woods for the best show of color. For virtual visitors, recommended clicks
are Leaves 1 and Leaves 2 (from Alder to Yellow Birch), Picture of the Day,
and the free animated fall foliage screen saver.
"Fall color starts in September with poison ivy and sumac and ends
in November with the larches and weeping willows. Frost and freezing
temperatures will stop the coloration process and blacken the leaves."
The best clicks here are the lists of autumn links that include Fall Fun
(craft projects for all ages), Foliage Cams (from Pennsylvania and
Vermont), Foliage Trees (fourteen deciduous trees in no particular order)
and Foliage Driving Tours (Midwest and Eastern.)
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