This is my 2-3 Oct New England foliage report.
I started the day at 3AM and was out the door and on the road by 3:45. I saw first light arrive when I was getting near my destination. I was on Route 125 and every 50 feet or so a tree would come into view that made me want to stop and capture it but I was late meeting photographer Jane Ogilvie.
We drove all over her stomping grounds for most of the morning. From the Robert Frost farm to the Snow Bowl ski area as we went in search of elusive peak fall color.
The reason I say elusive is the in many areas there were trees that were either green (not turned) or worse yet, they had dropped all their leaves or (not so bad) had turned a rust colored orange (hard frost damage is my guess). So we kept searching and by 11 we headed back so she could let her dog out.
As you can see, even though I didn’t find “Peak fall foliage”, I think the images turned out pretty good. So when you hear people say they didn’t find “peak” and they are still in search of peak, they may not need to search for the “Peak”. Near enough, to me, is good enough. 🙂
The rest of the afternoon I headed up towards my goal of arriving in Stowe to photograph the church against the hill.
I had a couple of shots that I wanted this year. I wanted a better shot of the church in Stowe and I wanted the last covered bridge in Northfield. I call these the Northfield 5 because they all lie within a few miles of each other. Really the Stoney Brook Covered Bridge is several miles south of town but it’s close enough for Government work.
I arrived in Stowe and was amazed by the lack of traffic. On 2 October 2013 it took me almost 30 minutes to cross the town.
Today traffic was light. I pulled into the parking lot right off 108 where it seems I’m not the only one who wanted a view of the church.
There were 20 or so other “photographers” with everything from cell phones to medium format cameras with digital backs, all were snapping away.
This weekend and beyond
I just heard from John Rowe a photographer up in Island Pond in the North East Kingdom and he says the NEK is past peak and fading with many rust colored oranges and golds. If the heavy rain comes in, then most likely this will become a carpet of rust and gold by tonight.
I’m afraid much of the White Mountains will be the same way. Folks are passing me updates on my New England Fall Foliage page on Facebook. The foot of Mount Washington except for a lone scarlet red tree is rust colored also.
Where will the color be?
After the Saturday rain we’ll know more but from what I saw yesterday along the Connecticut river, that would be a good drive since the trees were mostly green above the river.
There were many that were gold to rust so there will be holes but if we get enough sunny days over the next week, they should turn and give us a ribbon of color along the river.
I hit incredible color in southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts on Friday afternoon. It wasn’t a wall of color and more like one tree in 3 had turned on the color and I’m surprised I didn’t see a few accidents. The colors were incredible in the afternoon sunshine and even when the clouds moved in they were still very bright.
Saturday and Sunday drives
Today, Oct. 3, Mount Washington Auto Road entrance.
I would take a ride along the Mohawk trail or Route 9 in southern Vermont or Route 101 in New Hampshire and Visit Peterborough or even Dublin NH, the home of Yankee Magazine.
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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.