Fall seemed to come a little late this year with the peak around Oct. 28 (rather than Oct. 22 in earlier years). We thought we would not get much color because we had a severe drought in this part of southwestern Virginia. Six inches of rain fell in October alleviated much of the drought and may have helped the color. Nonetheless, the yellow poplar trees turned brown in late September rather than yellow. Only some of the dogwoods showed color too.