I live in Georgia. This is not Minnesota, Maine or Massachusetts!
And in the forty years that I have lived in Georgia, I came to realize that the leaves changed color late here. There has been many an October where the leaves remained green and tightly bound to the trees.
In my area, the leaves typically change the last week of October and peak around the first week of November. I have actually photographed good Fall foliage as late as December!
But the twinges of color began appearing here in late August, unheard of in these parts. And some of the trees are now in full blown Autumn glory.
The theory is that the leaves budded out so early this year that the trees are confused.
Whatever the reason, it sure is weird!
Note: These were taken 9/19/12 at my office complex!