Autumn in the Northwest this year has been especially spectacular. Images captured throughout the region have revealed some of the most colorful foliage we’ve probably seen in years, including this shot from the east side of Mount Tabor in Portland, taken by Best of the Northwest’s own wrangler-in-chief, Andy Hayes, popular known as the founder of Portland-based tea company Plum Deluxe.
Why has it been such a vibrant season? It’s all of those warm, sunny days and cool nights we had as cool air, particularly at night, with abundant daytime sunshine promotes the formation of more red and purple pigments. Yep! It wasn’t your imagination that you were seeing so much red this year – in some places, it looked like a fall New England scene.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.