“The road not taken” as it relates to exploring for fall foliage
My basic premise in life, is to take the road less traveled. It was Robert Frost’s birthday this week and even though his poem, “The road not taken” is almost 100 years old, it still resonates with me today. It’s not so much if one path is better than another, to me, I just prefer to take the one that is less “popular”. You are on the right path, as long as you get out and explore.
The wonderful, hidden fall foliage gems of New England
First, I would have to say there’s no real secret to exploring and finding fall foliage in New England. To find hidden gems to photograph, I’ve done just what you’re doing now, research. The places that I do my research are:
- Internet blogs Jeff-foliage.com and Yankeefoliage.com are good starting points
- photography magazines (Outdoor magazine, Yankee Magazine (the fall edition)
- photography sharing sites like Flickr
- DeLorme Gazetteer series of maps (expensive but good, there is a link on the side area)
- Talking to people in forums and seeing what they post (Try my Facebook forum)
Sometimes a mistake can turn into a real hidden gem
Some 10 years back, I was looking for the Jenne farm (I didn’t know the “real” name of the Jenne farm only what I saw in pictures and in Yankee magazine). I wasn’t having much luck finding this hidden gem, as I started to search on the Internet. After a while I found what I believed was an entry for the owner of the Jenne farm. So I made a phone call and talked to the owner of the “Jenny” farm and arranged a visit where I could come up and photograph the farm.
The only resemblance this “Jenny farm”, has to the very photogenic “Jenne farm” is that they’re both in Vermont and they are farms.
Lisa and I drove down Route 7 near Danby Vermont and then we drove up some dirt roads which provided views across route 7 to the nearby Green mountains.
On our way to this other “Jenne” farm, we found a couple of white horses surrounded by the fall colors against a backdrop of the Green mountains in the distance.
Then as we drove a little further and opening in the trees provided a view of a farm on the side of the Green mountains. All of this was before we even got to the farm.
We arrived at the farm and as you may have surmised this trip is what I would call a hidden gem. The owner didn’t have an old farmhouse but he did have a huge old barn that was very photogenic. I got pictures from different angles and soon Lisa and I said our goodbyes.
Even as we were leaving the hills above route 7, I came upon another farm with a backdrop of a high hill covered in the Reds and oranges of New England’s fall foliage.
I had found another hidden gem as we continued on our trip. Some days, all it requires is that you take the road less traveled, or at least, less popular than where all the travel books tell you to go.
If you’ve never been to this area before, then follow the travel books and explore the popular areas, because they’re popular for a reason.
Once you fall in love with New England you’re probably going to come back again. So it’s during those times that I suggest you explore the roads less traveled and discover the wonderful hidden gems of New England.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.