The one thing about Mother Nature, she's going to do things on her own time, and it appears this year, that Mother Nature is delaying the peak foliage by about a week. In the latest Foliage Report from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, rangers are reporting about a 70 percent color for the upcoming Columbus Day weekend for Northern Maine while the remainder of the state is at a 40 to 50 percent color change. There is a low leaf drop reported throughout the entire state.

According to Gale Ross, the Maine Fall Foliage Spokesperson "I'm going out on a limb here and say that because of the warm weather we've been experiencing, it appears the progression of color is trailing about a week behind.Ideal conditions call for shorter, warmer days, followed by longer cool nights to move the colors along. This all translated into good news for our mid-to-late October leaf peepers.