Peak color in mid-late October, head to the coast
A couple of the rules of finding peak fall foliage are:
- Fall color travels from North to South
- Higher elevation to lower elevation (except swamp maples that are stressed)
- Really good fall color can be found along the coastline in late October
- Looking for fall color? Go find a pond. (Birch pond)
Based on my rules above, even if you start your search for peak fall foliage in late October, you should still be able to find good fall images. The date of the following images is 26 October.
Birch pond location.
If you look at the map below you will see that Birch pond is on the western border of Lynn woods. Birch pond is almost a mile long and averages 300 to 400 feet in width.
It’s a little difficult to find parking so I will call Birch pond, *limited access*. I found that I was able to park on Birchwood Avenue and walk across the street to get up close and personal with the pond.
I’m not sure what the rules on kayaks in this pond are but I think if you check with the Lynn woods Rangers you can get clarification on both access and permits.
I shot most of the shots right around 9:30 AM and I think it would also look pretty good in the late afternoon with the Sun coming in the other direction.
If you cross over the guard rail across from Birchwood Avenue you’ll find a path that runs along the northern edge of the pond. I don’t know if it’ll take you all the way around and maybe this year I’ll find out.
Even on a gray morning such as this the sun was starting to peek out a little and highlight some of the features of the pond and I highly suggest a polarizer filter for your camera.
The LAT Long location for this pond is 42.47944, -71.00235 and if you look in your DeLorme Gazetteer map book, you’ll find Birch pond on page 41.
You’ll also notice that if you follow Birchwood Avenue W. To Central St., then follow it South for about a mile you’ll come to the Saugus iron Works national historic site. This by the way will be my next article, since I photographed it earlier the same morning.
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