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Arlington Green Covered Bridge which is near the home of Norman Rockwell

Yes! Vermont is open for business and fall foliage exploring…

Silas Griffith Inn in Danby Vermont

Pearl S. Buck house is lost to Irene

Pearl S. Buck house is lost to Irene

I was talking with Catherine at the Silas Griffith Inn in Danby Vermont this morning and she gave me the rundown on the roads in her area.  She says Route 7 is in good shape and within a week or so she thinks the one slowdown (at Manchester) will be fully open on down to Bennington. They did suffer a loss in Danby as the Pearl S. Buck house, that the Historical Society just moved into was lost to the nearby flooding river.

A hidden stream on NF10 in the Green mountains of Vermont

A hidden stream

The real downside is that all of the roads I like to travel in the Green Mountain National Forest are pretty much closed except to local traffic.

Hopefully in the next two to three weeks some of them will open up. I will do my best to keep you updated from my friends and photographers who travel that way.

I was up on Vermont.com and found another Vermont road condition map and I was thinking at what we lose during these catastrophic events. I don’t have a good picture of the building that was the home for a time of Pearl S. Buck. All I have is a picture of the sign that still stands where the house stood until Irene came through.

Dairy farm above Danby Vermont on the side of the Green mountains

Dairy farm

My wife grew up in Vermont so this could be why I have strong feelings about losing these places.

Maybe it’s more about being a photographer and as I travel through New England taking pictures of scenic vistas I realize one thing. We can never know if they will be there, the next time we travel that way.

Arlington Green Covered Bridge which is near the home of Norman Rockwell

Arlington Green Covered Bridge

As you look through my images (and I hope enjoy them) perhaps you’ll think about the lives that have been disrupted by the storm. Maybe you’ll think about coming up to Vermont and go find other Covered Bridges that are still standing.

Many of these are a hundred or more years old and unless we take care of them , they won’t be there forever. Imagine losing such a treasure to the ravages of time or weather as we did with the Bartonsville covered bridge. Maybe at some point in the future, all we’ll have is a photograph like you’re seeing here.

So I hope you’ll stop by Vermont and do a little exploring this fall. Take a day to find a covered bridge or maybe go pick out a few Pumpkins  to carve for Halloween. Either way just get out there and enjoy the cool days by savoring the flavor of Vermont.

The absolute best fall foliage song in the world!

If you don’t know who Cheryl Wheeler is or her song “When fall comes to New England” then you are missing what I feel is the most incredible flavor of fall in New England. What you can do is click on the video slide show below where I have blended her song “When fall comes to New England with my own photography. I think the results are quite nice…

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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/
My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com.
I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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Vermont is open for fall foliage exploring! — 6 Comments

  1. Well Ann, assuming you are in the northern half of VT on Oct 1st then you should be very happy. I’m getting reports on the forum and for this year you will have to kind of sort through the reports to see what is current. Also you can check Yankee’s foliage page (link is on the side of the page) and they have a map that is compiled from user reports… but their reports can be very subjective and many folks see a single tree turning and they feel the entire zone is turning.
    For instance I saw a maple that always turns early and it looks healthy but the top half is starting to turn and the bottom half is showing signs of following.. later this week that tree will be turning… I bet someone will call this area turning because of the one tree… (I wouldn’t)Now if I drove between Georgetown and Groveland (Route 97 in Ma) and all the trees are showing a little color then I would call it turning… But we are 3 weeks before all the trees along this road catch up, maybe longer.

    Anyway please stop in from time to time and chat with us in the forum or even check my facebook page. look for New England fall foliage Vistaphotography The other NEFF is Yankee Magazines page and it also is nice but I don’t hang there to answer questions as much..
    I’m glad you like the video, it was a labor of love..

  2. A friend and I will be in Vermont about October 1st to see the foliage. I am so glad I found your site and watched your video. What a beautiful song and your photography is breathtaking.

    • Well Ann, assuming you are in the northern half of VT on Oct 1st then you should be very happy. I’m getting reports on the forum and for this year you will have to kind of sort through the reports to see what is current. Also you can check Yankee’s foliage page (link is on the side of the page) and they have a map that is compiled from user reports… but their reports can be very subjective and many folks see a single tree turning and they feel the entire zone is turning.
      For instance I saw a maple that always turns early and it looks healthy but the top half is starting to turn and the bottom half is showing signs of following.. later this week that tree will be turning… I bet someone will call this area turning because of the one tree… (I wouldn’t)Now if I drove between Georgetown and Groveland (Route 97 in Ma) and all the trees are showing a little color then I would call it turning… But we are 3 weeks before all the trees along this road catch up, maybe longer.

      Anyway please stop in from time to time and chat with us in the forum or even check my facebook page. look for New England fall foliage Vistaphotography The other NEFF is Yankee Magazines page and it also is nice but I don’t hang there to answer questions as much..
      I’m glad you like the video, it was a labor of love..

  3. Jeff, the song and your photos are wonderful. Ron and I visited Brattleboro Farmers Market on Sept 3, only a week after Irene. The market area was a raging torrent on that Sunday but the water went down and over 100 volunteers showed up to do clean up and re-build the stands. When we visited, it was very festive with a great variety of vegetables and fruit and ethnic food stands. People traveling Vermont should check the list of markets and what kind of vendors are there. It sure was a fun place to have lunch and to get some goodies to bring home.

  4. Thanks Kathy, my problem is I would like to do something more but I guess by keeping the plight of those in Vermont up front and make everyone aware then I’ll consider it something. When you are running around the NEK and if you find a lodging place that could use some free ad space I put in my forum a topic for owners on B&Bs and Inns etc… to put any specials or just to say they have space for Sept or Oct… I hope to get the word out on that. http://jeff-foliage.com/forums/topic/fall-foliage-lodging-deals/

  5. Loved your post–so thoughtful. Tyler and I still plan to explore as much of the NE Kingdom and vicinity as we can. It looks like from the road closures that most of the damage is along Rte 100 and the central and southern end of the state. Our hearts go out to those who have lost homes, crops, businesses, etc. Irene reminded us that we are never safe from Nature’s wrath. We assumed that any damage would be confined to the coast–we thought Vermont was safe. Watching the videos on youtube of those generally peaceful streams and rivers turning into raging torrents showed us that you can never assume anything where storms are concerned. Loved your photos and video as well!

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