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Reflections of a white church and fall foliage rising behind it.

As the sun starts to clear the hills behind me, I blow on my hands to warm my fingers. I look across the narrow expanse of water and I can see a small white church’s steeple growing brighter. As the sky lightens the hills above and beyond the church, a hint of fall color can be seen in the trees on the ridge.

New Hampshire fall foliage rises above a little white church in Eaton NH.

Bright morning sun on the fall colors surrounding the church

My excitement begins to build, hoping that I have picked a good day to find this spot and await the dawn. The water is still warm so there is a thick mist rising from the dark water, obscuring any reflections, so far. A few other people stop and look at the scene, curious as to why I’m standing there. One is a photographer who snaps a quick shot and then jumps back into his car, heading off for more fruitful foliage grounds. This is my first time here and I want to see how it will turn out!

I’m standing on the sandy public beach of a small lake north-east of Ossipee NH.  This is Crystal Lake and the town or village of Eaton NH is your target. Only a few, short weeks ago this stretch of sand would have been filled with mom’s and their kids enjoying the warm water and sun. Now it’s the 10th of October and the frosty morning air holds the promise of the future snow to come, more than the recently departed, sun filled summer days.

The morning sun begins to rise above the hill behind me and conversely, the light starts sliding down the hill behind the white church. As the sun climbs, so does the temperature. Now the mist begins to thin enough to see the hills dressed in their autumn colors reflected in the surface of the lake.

At first, it’s just a peek of fall foliage here or there on the surface but soon a breeze pushes the mist into little eddies. The church’s tall, slender steeple, can be seen reflected in the water.

The sun illuminates the white church & fall foliage

Suddenly the sun rises above the ridge and the church glows white and this pierces the mist rising on the dark lake as the sun hasn’t touched the surface yet. I can see a clear reflection on the surface and I take a rapid succession of shots as I recompose the scene by walking down the beach, placing the tripod and catching a couple more shots and moving a bit further.

The fall foliage isn’t perfect as there are bare trees as well as a few green ones, sown through the scene. Now that I’ve been here once, I think to myself, (cliché by Arnold) that “I’ll be back!”. I have to, because this could be better, so I want to keep trying. If I only could catch it with all the trees in a fiery glow of fall foliage splendor.

I was on the road early this morning to get here so early so I get back in my car and on the road. A short distance I find an open café is doing a brisk business. It seems the go to work traffic is all running in to get their morning coffee, so I join them.  I find a spot inside at the counter and wrap my frozen fingers around a mug of steaming coffee.

A barn in Ossipee New Hampshire is surrounded by bright red and yellow fall colors

White churches aren’t the only thing to be found in this area!

Posters and pictures on the walls show advertisements for local events and things for sale along with images of locals who have contributed to the town. A fishing trophy image with a father and son catches my eye and I ponder the small town feel of the place… Not a bad way to spend your life…

Soon I’m on my way and I go exploring over by Tamworth and Ossipee and points west but that is a story for another day.



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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
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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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Reflections of a white church and fall foliage — 7 Comments

    • It’s looking pretty good so far and God willing I’ll be able to get out and do more of what I love in the way of exploring New England’s many different seasons… And sharing them with everybody here… 🙂

  1. Love those shots Jeff, I was there the day before you were and got a bunch of shots but there was more cloud cover on the 9th. Also went back on the 20th and got a couple of unique shots with a cloud bank just above the church but not high enough to obscure the top of the trees above the church along with a nice reflection

    • Hi Matt, I would love to see what you got on your days… If you’d like to share you can post the images over on my Fall foliage Facebook page
      Or if you have a lot of them create an album on your FB page and share the album to my page… I’m sure there are lots of folks who would like to see what you got.

      • Hi Jeff, thanks for posting my cloud bank pic on your page. I just posted three more for you and your followers. I don’t have alot of great pics from Crystal Lake as I am pretty much a novice just starting to learn some finer points of photography and many of the ones that I have are a result of trying different camera settings and aren’t all that good even with enhancements. As I am now retired, I will be taking lots of photos in the White Mountains as I’m up there quite often. I’m mostly a fan of fall and winter landscapes and look to learn more as time goes on. I appreciate all of the pointers that are available on the Guild website from yourself and all of the other photographers as they really help alot.

        • Well Matt, we all are learning something at some point. I just shot my first star trails and they turned out ok but I’m going to keep trying and learning so that I can make some really good ones on a regular basis. (Check Mike Blanchettes articles on the Guild Blog.) But Fall foliage is my first passion

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