It's that time of the year when the air turns crisp and cool and the leaves begin to change color. If you live in a seasonal part of the country like I do, I bet you can't wait for the bright and vibrant fall colors to reach their peak. Here are five apps to help you plan an excellent leaf peeping adventure:
TreeID with Fall Foliage ($2.99)
TreeID is an iPhone application that lets you identify trees and pull up their name, scientific name, tree characteristics and location. The app has more than a hundred new trees and can identify fifty foliage trees.
Foliage Leaf Peepr (Free)
Foliage Leaf Peepr is an application developed for Yankee Magazine. It'll let you rate the local foliage as the leaves progress from green to peak to gone. You can view these ratings on an interactive foliage map hosted by Yankee Magazine. The map also displays photos uploaded to the map by its users.
360 Panorama ($1.99)
360 Panorama is a photography app that takes panoramic pictures that extend up to 360 degrees. A versatile app, it takes horizontal and vertical panoramas so you can capture stunning photos of those patchwork-colored leaves. You can read our full review of 360 Panorama here.
MotionX GPS ($2.99)
MotionX GPS is an inexpensive GPS app that'll track your location on a map. You can record or follow your tracks and share them when your journey is done. You can also share tracks and waypoints on social networks like Twitter or Facebook and send a geotagged photo or two. It's an excellent app for marking where've you been so you can keep track of the best leaf-peeping locations.
IM+ Pro ($9.99)
When you're admiring the bright gold and deep red leaves, you may want to share your beautiful photos or chat with your family and friends. With IM+, you can send a message through a variety of IM services, post to Twitter or Facebook, or chat via Skype. It's an all-in-one messaging client that lets you easily share you're leaf peeping adventures with others.