Fall colors arrive at the Jenne Farm
Well, Lisa and I mad reservations in W. Lebanon NH in a small motel for Friday… Let’s just say saving money (and it was still 97$) didn’t get us as clean as I would like.
5AM came way too early on Friday and Lisa and I (She’s a great trooper, BTW) made our way to join the throng of photographers at the Jenne farm. Maybe I should call it a murder of photographers.
Let me explain... These images are all taken from the same hill overlooking the farm. So most photographers gravitate to this hill above the farm. So now you add 30+ photographers all trying to get what they feel is the best spot and you are bound to get some conflicts.
What has me confused is this, I don’t see 1 or 2 spots for making a winning image of the farm. I see many or more angles. I shot these next three from all the other spots which the main group of photographers did not have staked out.
It seems they are either afraid of moving and missing the perfect light or losing their “perfect” spot. I took a chance and photographed the farm from one side of the hill to the other, always trying to respect the other photographers’ line of sight.
Then another photographer moved directly in front of a photographer who had been standing in one spot since I got there and when he complained, the newcomer stated “he had been there since 5:30AM before anyone else!”
I guess he thought that he owned the spot or any spot because he got there early. I should have asked him if he made a donation. You see there is a red donation box on the hill and I put 20$ in.
As soon as I did several of the other photographers noticed and came over. I explained in a loud voice about what the box was here for. About 3-4 of them reached into their pockets and started putting money in the box.
The Red Box
The red box is to cover expenses of allowing bunches of photographers to roam over the hill. William and his brother’s and sisters don’t make anything by letting you and me wander all over the hill and photographing the farm. He told me that someone even held a wedding up that and didn’t even drop in $5! He still has not posted a No Trespassing sign but he could!
Let me know what you think about the three images above! Even though I couldn’t squeeze in where the group had staked out their view, I was able to go all over the hilltop to explore different vantage points. I think I got several good shots.
Getting to the Jenne Farm
Take Route 4 into Woodstock Vermont and then catch Route 106 south out of town. About 6 or so miles on the right you will see the Jenne road sign. Climb this dirt road hill to the other side and get in line with the rest of the folks.
Good foliage hunting!
Upcoming New England fall events
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo Providence, RI October 2 – November 2, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/454
Goffstown Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta Goffstown, NH October 18th & 19th, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/435
40th Annual Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival Glastonbury, CT October 17-19, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/143
Ghostport in Bucksport, ME October 18th, 2014 http://newenglandfallevents.com/home/calendar/event/229
Stormy weather due in on Thursday
Well it was bound to happen. A strong cold front is moving into New England this Thursday and this is the last thing we want. I’ll try to get out this Friday and do a BDA (Battle Damage Assessment).
This could be the end of significant color until we get many days of sunny weather. You can tune in this weekend to see what I and others are finding and the fastest way to get an update is to hit my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter (@foliage_reports).
Lisa says the road she goes to work on is nearly peak and if you get off I-95 in Massachusetts at exit 40 head past Wilmington to Reading MA. If my wife says it’s nearly peak then its probably better than peak.
Also you might try the Saugus Iron works as I think the colors are due to be peak this weekend or well on the way there… Unless the storm steals them all away…. 🙁Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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