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 Peak fall foliage, or “where’s the beef?  Do you want to know? So does everybody else!

Many, in my network of photographers have been complaining like the dickens, even they are having trouble finding peak color. But overnight the color started changing and this morning I started getting calls that bright! Peak fall foliage was popping up in the mid sections of Vermont and I had a call yesterday from Kate Brown at the Canterbury Shaker Museum and she says they’ll be peak by this weekend.

So get out there before the rain hits on Thursday!

Peak fall foliage was found over the Columbus Day weekend

New Hampshire views:

Chris Whiton, October 9th, deep in the Pemi, northern and western areas of the White Mountains this weekend

Chris Whiton

Many leaf peepers never get out of the car and IF, you’ve read my articles and took notes you know that I say “you need to get out of your cars”. This isn’t just to stretch your legs. It’s also to get out and explore and that is when and where you will find peak fall foliage. Read on to see what getting out of the car can get you…

Butch Lombardi, Just south of RT. 89 on River RD. in  Lebanon NH

Butch Lombardi

As you can see here Chris Whiton went up to the White Mountains, got out of the car and took this shot. You can reach Chris through his Facebook page.

Butch Lombardi of East Bay images, who is a New England Photography Guild Photography Guild member found this shot just south of Route 89 on River Rd in Lebanon NH.


Jim Salge - Peak fall foliage at Lake Katherine New Hampshire

Jim Salge

Jim Salge, a New Hampshire photographer who is a New England Photography Guild Photography Guild member and Yankee Magazine’s foliage blogger was out searching for color this weekend and he found this wonderful shot on Lake Katherine. This tiny lake is only 10 miles (as the crow flies) south of Sugar Hill NH where I said last week you should be able to find some good color.

Jim Says “I’d really recommend Plymouth NH up to 25C, not far north, and worth the trip!”.  So I bet over this week if you explored south of Sugar Hill you should find some really pretty color.

Peak fall foliage found in Maine

Currier's Flying Service, Inc. This is between Moosehead Lake and MT. Katahdin

Roger Currier

Here is a shot from Sunday by Roger of Currier’s Flying Service. This shot is between Moosehead Lake and MT. Katahdin. It makes me want to parachute in!

I just had a call from Mary Jo who comes up from Texas to view the fall foliage each year and she was so disappointed that she found no peak fall foliage color over the past 10 days (and this is a very experienced leaf peeper).

As they took off for Maine I told them what I told all of you last week, head to Rangeley Lake. Well Mary Jo just called me, they drove up Route 17 to Rangeley and she said that was glorious color and the best in the past 10 days. Peak fall foliage of red and gold’s were seen all the way up to Rangeley. She also said Route 113 was terribly rough on their rental car and the covered bridge at Sunday River didn’t have much color but great views.

Did any of you follow my advice and go this weekend to Rangeley? I realize that my advice is just a guess but I’m usually pretty close as I base it on reports from friends in my network of foliage spotters.

Vermont Views

Linda A. LaCroix, 10.9.11 was on Browns Trace Road, Jericho VT

Linda A. LaCroix

Just so you don’t think Vermont was left out, here is a shot from Linda A. LaCroix of Back Woods Photo’s in Williston VT.  The image was  taken on October 9th and was on Browns Trace Road, Jericho VT

Berkshires showing Peak?

I had a report of peak fall foliage in the Berkshires but from talking to Jim Salge (Yankee’s foliage blogger) and we doubted this was accurate and even the website’s current update on foliage says that it’s just starting to pick up. I think this week will decide much since we are supposed to get rain on Thursday and Friday and if it’s gentle on us and if we get, right back to Sunny conditions on Saturday then the following week will turn out very nice for Southern NH/VT/ME and MA.

Forecast for this week

The last six days of sunshine have done what I thought and reports are coming fast, saying the peak foliage is coming south. Even though we got a couple days of near record temperatures, I found one of the maples in my yard has turned a very nice red over night.

I would say it’s going to be an interesting week with the temps dropping and the only joker I see is the rain in the forecast for Thurs/Friday.  I think no matter what we are going to start to see color developing in the mid sections of VT/NH/ME.

Stay tuned and I’ll post updates here and on my twitter page so follow along with Foliage_reports and you’ll get updates as I get eyeballs on the foliage!

Jeff Foliage
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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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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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Where is the “Peak” fall foliage in 2011? — 9 Comments

  1. Hi Jeff

    Just came back from my first foliage trip to NH & VT. Thanks for all your help in providing continous updates that helped me to plan/change my trip as time progressed. In White Mountains, the color was ok, Kancagamus was the best color we could see, although still not the best compared to the prev years (from what I’ve heard). Being my first foliage trip, I was a little disappointed but Vermont made it up for that. Vermont was simply beautiful, all scenic and the color was great. I was around Quechee/White River Jn and drove on 83 upto Stowe and it was beautiful. At one of the visitor centre in VT, when I asked where the color was, the person said it was everywhere and at the end of my trip I realized that was true 🙂 Thanks again.


    • Well Kishan, it sounds like you had a good trip and something to build on when you come up next time… What was you’re favorite “find” in NH or VT?

  2. Jeff,

    Found your web page very useful! I am coming from Miami this weekend and staying in Lowell, MA. I have been to all 50 states but never seen the fall foliage in New England. If you could suggest a couple of steller routes, one by car and another by bike (and if you know where I might rent a bike). I can certainly go to places that are within 100 miles or so from Lowell so that should not be a restriction. I am bringing my brand new Nikon too so I am psyched! Thanks! Tom

  3. Crossing my fingers that this rain isn’t too tough on us. I am hoping to explore Route 9 throughout southern NH into southern VT next week. And maybe the Berkshires as well if they peak up. Thanks for all your reports. Feel free to use any of my stuff that I have put up if you want to report on Rochester/Milton/Union/Ossipee/Chocorua.

    I drove 25 west today then down through Meredith and Laconia then to Belmont, Gilmanton and Alton Bay on my way home. Some great color areas on 25. I felt that 140 through Belmont on to Alton Bay was colorful but really bare. A lot of leaves down. Not sure I got great pics today. The ones from yesterday are up. I will work on getting some from today up now. 🙂

    I hope you got out to take some pictures!


  4. Jeff,
    Wow, what a difference a week can make! We went from total green when we landed in Manchester on the 3rd to dull in Vermont, to some lovely color on NH Rte. 302 and the Kanc to absolutely gorgeous color today! We left Sandwich on the Cape where the colors were just beginning to show to head north back to Manchester. We couldn’t believe how much beautiful color we found along I-495 and I-93! The colors are bright, vibrant and plentiful. We decided to visit the Canterbury Shaker Museum just north of Concord and we found the kind of color we brag about to our envious friends back home in Arizona! We have had absolutely gorgeous weather these last six days and today was no exception and perfect for taking picture after picture. We go home tomorrow and we will send some of our favorite pictures then. Too bad rain is forecast for the next several days just when the colors are really popping! It will be interesting to read what people have found in Vermont which was quite disappointing color-wise (but still beautiful!).
    Kathy and Tyler the Arizonans

    • Well I didn’t see you there.. I went the Shake Museum from 1:30 to 3ish but I didn’t notice you!!! Where were you?.. You’re right the color was very nice there although not quite peak but it did look very close. Their big trees are still not quite turned and that was what I was hoping for… I’m heading back with Lisa on Sat since they have a classic car show that day and if it’s sunny!! Bonus…

      • We also arrived around 1:00 pm; however, we did not go on the tour. We had done that several years ago, so we just decided to take pictures from outside the actual farm. We also continued up the road just to enjoy the beautiful rural countryside. It would have been nice to say “hello!” How did your visit with Mary Jo and LeRoy go?

        • I can’t believe I missed you!!! Our visit went well and we walked around Salem a bit and I had to work some things in Salem while they were there. and they headed to Maine and I told them to head up to Rangeley and they emailed back saying that was the best color of their entire trip… Well at least they got to see some…
          Where was your best color found?

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