Once all the smoke clears, the fires burning across the western states will leave a black mark for years.  Mother Nature will “rebuild” but it takes time, as my trip through Yellowstone Park this summer reminded.  So , if a trip to the woods is what you need to recalibrate your spirit for the winter ahead, this might be a good time to schedule that overdue trip to the hardwoods of New England .

This fall’s foliage season is expected to be an “extra spectacular” show according to Boston radio station WBUR .

They’re backed up by Yankee Magazine, which tracks the fall leaf season for New England, which says it’s shaping up to be the best color show in years, due mostly to a lack of weather extremes.

Experts say it could change, but for now it looks like the peak of peach, gold, red, copper and crimson will come at the end of September rather than in early October, as in more typical years.