In Jo Daviess, Carroll, Stephenson, Whiteside, Ogle, Lee Counties:
Fields: Crops are at various stages of ripening. Beans range from brownish/green/ yellow to brown; corn is brown (most fields are being harvested).
Road sides: Generally green, especially where mowed. Notable colors are yellow and brownish yellow (goldenrod); notable shrubs are gray dogwood turning a grayish burgundy with white berries, sumac green with some red/burgundy and crimson (some lost leaves already). Poison Ivy is turning red. Trees are changing colors and leaves are beginning to fall.
Woodlands: Some species are showing yellowing (boxelder, walnut, cottonwood, maple) and dropping leaves. Along the river, the maples are showing more yellow/red/green leaves. Fall colors are in full swing.
Urban: Red maples are showing red, pale yellow and faint scarlet.
Quad cities region:
Roadsides: Yellows are gone- back to basic green and beige (dead grass).
Fields: Harvest is progressing, leaving most crop fields beige and light brown.
Fence rows: Dogwoods are grayish burgundy and fading; what leaves remain are scarlet and the seed heads are dark red.
Woodlands: Predominantly green with more yellowing- walnut leaves are yellow and brown and falling; green ash and hickory are yellowing; sugar maples are turning yellow and orangish yellow. Poison ivy and Virginia creeper vines are still yellow, orangish yellow to pinkish burgundy.
Cities: Red maples are still turning yellow and orangish red; white ash are a mixture of yellow and pinkish purple; burning bushes are starting to turn scarlet.
West Central Illinois
It is really starting to look like fall in portions of western Illinois. Maples are showing more color daily - mostly yellow with some red/orange. Hickories are golden and brown. Ash are showing a lot of color - yellow and purple. Sumac is close to full color with shades of crimson. Sassafras is showing a lot of color from yellow to orange to red. Poison ivy and Virginia creeper are showing a lot of red. Even the white pines are getting into the game with their fall needle shed starting. Beginning to see yellow needles.
Pike, Adams, Brown, Scott, Calhoun, Jersey, Macoupin, and Greene Counties:
Creeper and Ivy vines, along with most groupings of sumac, are now actively showing fall colors (red, orange, etc.); the majority of sycamore and cottonwood are also actively turning (predominantly brown and yellow with sycamore showing some orange); isolated, individual sassafras, ash, dogwood, and sugar maple trees have turned (red, yellow, orange, gold, purple) - though the majority of these species remain predominantly green with only shade leaves starting to turn; shade leaves on walnut, hackberry, Osage orange, and catalpa are actively turning (yellow) - however, most foliage on these species remains green; with the exception of isolated, individual trees which are starting to show color, the great majority of oak and hickory species are still entirely green (area woodlands are 65% - 70% green at the present time).