Driving to yoga this afternoon through the annual foliage follies, it struck me that at this time of year the state\’s name, which means \”the green mountains\” (les verts monts) becomes a misnomer. \”Vermont\” is only descriptive of the state in summer.
During the fall woodland pyrotechnics, there is precious little green around, so the state name should change to Rougemont, or Montorange, shifting to Beigemont during stick season. After the first snow, Beigemont would become Montblanc. In March, the state should be known as Montboue.
And when spring finally comes, and lilacs burst into bloom, Vermont should be called Montlilas. Which is rather pretty, I think.