Autumn at Derby Lighthouse by Jeff Folger. Autumn in Salem is different from most parts of New England. Instead of September or October you usually have to wait till November. Here its also a super moon high tide and soon the end of the wharf where Derby Light sits will be underwater. Waiting till this point in November for the fall colors means that the bright reds and golds have given way to the russet reds and Tawney oranges of late fall. Most of the pleasure boats have been removed from the harbor and soon there will only be a few hardy lobster men with their boats afloat in the icy waters of Salem Harbor.