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A lawyer for 40-plus years, Larry Lederman never planned to have a second career. But his love of trees led him to pick up a camera—and a new calling. His photography book, Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden (Monacelli Press; $50), hits shelves in time for prime leaf peeping—and it's no surprise that his top spot for taking in foliage is the garden's Native Forest, where maples and hickories turn surreal autumnal shades. T+L asked him for a few more favorites.

Don't Miss: A bike ride along the aspen-tree-lined Castle Creek Road, which winds 12.5 miles to a historic silver-mining town.

Don't Miss: The annual Symphony of Colors (through Oct. 14), for free outdoor concerts, organized hikes, and ziplining amid neon orange sugar maples.

Don't Miss: Grizedale Forest, where oak, ash, and beech trees surround more than 60 site-specific art installations.

Don't Miss: The 13-acre Humble Administrator's Garden, which has fewer evergreens than the city's other traditional gardens, making it ideal for fall visits.