What I thought was the invention of the TV show The West Wing as a fun way to make fun of language, as the show often did brilliantly, aparently was, indeed, a term used in areas like New Hampshire referring to tourists flocking to look at nature's colorful display.
Recently I saw this phrase begin popping up again on social media, and though I love any chance to talk about The West Wing, this phrase isn't one I particularly want to hear, though writing this now I become aware of my snoot and remind myself - so what if people call it that. Should the phrase leaf peeping be a pet peeve and something to really concern me in this day and age with so many more things to worry about?
So call it what you wish, but if you want to go look or peep at the colors they are kinda pretty right now in places, even in the rain.
Today I looked this juxtaposition of decay and renewal as a tree seed lay next to the remnant stains of two leaves.