Leaf peeping is an informal term for people who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors, particularly New England. The origin of the term "leaf peeping" is not well known. A similar custom in Japan is called momijigari.
The term "Leaf Peeper" is used both with appreciation (for those businesses that benefit from the millions that pour into New England each fall) and with disdain (from those who have to use the roads that are popular with leaf peepers). Hobbyists who get together for leaf peeping commonly refer to their gatherings as Leaf Peepshows.
In popular culture
The term "leaf peeping" has been used in numerous TV shows, including "And It's Surely To Their Credit," an episode of The West Wing which originally aired on November 1, 2000 and "Live Free or Die," an episode of "The Sopranos" which originally aired on April 16, 2006. In "Lethal Weapons", an episode of Family Guy, obnoxious New York tourists visiting to see fall leaves are pejoratively referred to as "leafers".
- New England Photography Guild website
- The Foliage Network
- New York State foliage report
- Yankee Foliage (Yankee Magazine)
- Yankee Magazine article, "The Leaf Seeker"
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