Sarah Jane Palmer sits underneath a maple tree in Boone, N.C., Oct. 15, 2004. Palmer, who is 103 years old, was there 50 years ago when the tree was planted by her neighbor, Ruby Triplett, who has since passed away. But every day, Palmer looks across Cherokee Street and admires the tree, especially in autumn.
Mary Cleary of Hendersonville, N.C., and Bree DellaBella of Lake Ariel, Pa., walked Oct. 19, 2004, beneath a canopy of brilliant fall color in downtown Hendersonville.
Leaves fly as Deon Taylor of Manchester, Conn., rakes the front yard of his home Oct., 17, 2004.
Pumpkin, a one-year-old mostly marmalade-colored cat, crouches in a pile of bright orange maple leaves Oct. 13, 2004, in his front yard in Kalispell, Mont.
With bright fall colors in the background, a bald eagle perches on a dead tree on an island in the Missouri River near Great Falls, Mont., Oct., 11, 2004.
The early fall foliage frames the Stowe Community Church in Stowe, Vt., Oct. 5, 2004.
Destiny Austin, 6, rides a mechanical bull at the 10th Annual Fall in the Park festival, in Boiling Springs, S.C., Oct. 9, 2004.
A man carries a kayak to his vehicle after a group enjoyed a beautiful cruise off Gene Coulon Park in Renton, Wash. Sept. 29, 2004 on an early autumn evening.
A duck swims among autumn leaves in a pond at the Novodevichy Monastery on a sunny autumn day in Moscow, Oct. 2, 2004.
Leaves turn gold on an aspen tree while stands of trees do the same in the background near the small southern Colorado community of La Veta Sept. 29, 2004.
Matt Luce of Troy, Maine uses trimmer equipment Oct. 4, 2004 to cut brush under a maple tree that leaves have turned bright red near his home.
With her easel set up on the Yellowstone Street Bridge, artist Barbara Gerard-Mitchell, of Roundup, Mont., puts the final touches on her oil painting of Fleshman Creek, Oct. 6, 2004, in Livingston, Mont. Mitchell said she came to Livingston to paint the fall colors.
A pond in the Pillsbury State Forest near Pillager, Minn. is ringed by trees showing off their autumn color Oct. 10, 2004.
An unidentified biker takes advantage of the nice weather Oct. 11, 2004, on U.S. Highway 6 in Eagle, Colo. With winter approaching, fall colors are fading fast in the mountain towns.
Bill Melton, right, and Debra Mraz of Minneapolis canoed Oct. 10, 2004 on the Mississippi River with their son, Miles Melton-Mraz, hidden, and their dog, Magnus.
Dressed in period clothing, students from Tumwater Middle School's homesteader program kick up their heels while enjoying an old fashioned jump rope game during the annual Tumwater Falls Harvest and Heritage Fiddling Showcase Oct. 3, 2004, in Tumwater, Wash.
A lone horse eats grass in a field as the fall trees glow in the background in West Mahoning Twp., in Indiana County, Pa., Oct. 6, 2004.
A carpet of aspen leaves line a trail beneath a thicket of young trees in Weatherford Canyon on the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff, Ariz., Oct. 4, 2004.
Pelicans huddle on the Des Moines River in Des Moines, Iowa, to ward off the morning's chill Oct. 6, 2004. White pelicans nest in western Canada and large lake areas in western United States. They migrate through Iowa every spring and fall.