Here in the Boston area we have had (I think I heard this from one of our local meterologists) the third driest summer in recorded history. And I have also heard that nationwide we have experienced the warmest year-to-date in recorded history. I am sure this has had an effect on our fall colors.
Below are two images taken 364 days apart. I was very pleased a year ago (Oct 23, 2010) with the image below which I titled "Shade Maples". I was buying a few things at the farm stand on the other side of the street when the sun broke through storm clouds to give some great lighting on the maple trees.
The second image was taken from the vantage point of the parking lot at the same farm stand. I took the shot this afternoon, Oct. 22, 2010 just so I could compare it with last year's image. But it wasn't until I got home and checked the information on my computer that I realized the pictures were taken almost exactly a year apart.