The Encyclopedia of Fall: L is for Leaf Peepers
The Photo Buff
This peeper never actually sees any leaves except through the lens of his Nikon X-1000 DSLR OptiMax Blah-Blah-Blah. Descended from a long line of slide-show torturers, the Photo Buff posts his shots on Facebook, and, thanks to digital photography, he can take an unlimited number of them. The good news is, you can unfriend him.The New England Newbie
The first-time leaf peeper–generally a transplant from some part of the country where the weather is monotonously balmy–can be easily identified by his repeated refrain: “Oh, wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow.” By the time the third or fourth snowstorm hits, it’s: “Oh, no. Oh, no. Oh, no.”
The True Believer
Oddly, any of the previous species can undergo metamorphosis into this variety. Even the crustiest New Englander can be transformed by sunshine lighting up a stand of red maples along a country road. Long winters, blackflies, and the quadrennial invasion of political candidates don’t matter; a chance to see those colors makes it all worthwhile.