Report for the weekend of October 7. As we move into October, mostly-green trees are glowing with yellow undertones or blushing with pink ones. Along the Blue Ridge Parkway, occasional flashes of deep red can be seen. Total color change along the Blue Ridge and into the Shenandoah Valley averages 10-20%. So far, the effects of extended dry weather have led to dull golds with a few patches of red. Higher mountain areas of the southwest are showing more reds, from dogwood, sourwood, black gum, and some maples. Mountain color varies greatly, depending on elevation, recent moisture levels, and the direction a slope faces. Drive around the areas above 3000 feet to encounter a few spots with 50% color change.