As I picked up my kids from school yesterday, I stared at this maple tree at Seaside Park wondering if it might reach the peak colors that I’ve captured in years past. Whether it was the dry summer or other reasons, this particular maple doesn’t look as vibrant as I recall from past visits and went into my ‘to be published’ folder to find this shot from October 4, 2014 for comparison. That year must have been a perfect one because every single leaf on the tree and on the ground was a picture perfect shade of red, orange or yellow. Even on an overcast day, the tree shone brightly (and I ended up returning the following day in sunny conditions for an even more brilliant shot).

Whether at peak or a bit subdued, this particular tree’s changing colors at Seaside park marks the fall season in Marblehead for me.  Have you found a tree along Atlantic Avenue, in downtown, the Neck or along the water that has reached its peak color? Looking for one(s) with a strong background. Let me know in a comment as I’m hoping to do some Marblehead leaf peeping this weekend…