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No. 40 steam train in Essex CT-77_option-2

 The last few days of New England Fall Foliage have arrived!

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then continue. That long mournful wail isn’t really a train whistle, it’s actually a scream, slowly rising from yours truly, as we once again run out of fall colors. :-O

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You would think after a number of years I would get used to it. This search for fall colors. We always start with the giddy anticipation, and then we end with the frantic scramble as we realize that there are fewer leaves everyday. The memories of the wind coming through the car window at 4AM, as I try to stay awake on my first drives up to the North East Kingdom or Franconia Notch. Talking to owners at General stores as I get refills on coffee and their thoughts on nearby fall colors.

Then there are the “old friends” I see along the way. Crossing through the kissing bridge (covered bridge) at Jackson NH, or stopping in at Polly’s Pancake Parlor. Whether its a covered bridge or a pond that I stop at, remembering all the reflections I’ve photographed there each year. Each one is a memory to be cherished.

No. 40 steam train in Essex CT-77_option-2

Steam train in CT

This year I made some new memories and I hope that I helped you to also do this. When I write about New England and her many scenic landscapes, I’m hoping you can get a feel for New England before you get here. When you arrive, you drive up Route 16 and pass by Lake Chocorua and you pull into the little parking lot between small pond and the lake. You walk out onto the bridge and see the same image that I showed you that I took one October morning.

Best places to see fall foliage

Are you wondering where the fall colors are this week? Well I’m here to tell you that I saw this past weekend great color up in New Hampshire on the hills above Hookset and around Manchester. IT IS NOT PEAK! It is past peak and most areas are past peak.

Now you may be tired of hearing this but 90% of you would love the color that Lisa and I saw. Yes, the bright reds and oranges of the maples are gone but they have been replaced by the dark reds and orangey yellows of the oaks, (both images taken by Lisa with my phone while I drove on I-89.

Also #foliage_reports have been posted on my fall foliage facebook page. Reports from along the Battle Road in Lexington MA down to Roger Williams park in Providence RI and even up in Harrison Maine. Stop in and see these images as I have shared most of them to the front of my page.

Today I stopped downtown in Salem MA to see what colors were still around. As I walked around Derby, and Essex streets and through the old burying point, out to Salem common. I was blown away by all the colors. There are still maples around but now is when the Gingko trees turn golden and just glow in the morning sunshine.

Down essex street you have an outdoor exhibit by the Peabody Essex Museum and by Patrick Dougherty. His nature inspired design is something to see.

sticks and nothing else hold this sculpture together

titled: what the birds know is nature inspired

Then you walk over to Salem’s common where folks have been walking and relaxing under the fall colors. Today is 4 November and the fall foliage of Salem is simply unbelievable and you have to see it.

Salem rarely lets me down and today was no exception. Soon the leaves will all be on the ground and the dark clouds will start to spit snow and sleet at us. Then I’ll be looking for different types of scenes with snow and the holidays in them.

Escape today

I hope you are having a great autumn, wherever you live and I hope you stop in and explore with me the fall colors of New England.

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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Jeff Foliage

My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/
My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com.
I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

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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The last few days of New England Fall Foliage — 2 Comments

  1. Thanks Jeff for the pictures! Brings back memories for us. We were just in the Berkshires (where hubby is from) in October. I’m originally from Ohio. I keep telling my husband I’m a New England girl at heart!

    • I wasn’t born here either but my ancestors were. I can trace my roots to the founding of Nantucket, the Witch trials, the founding of our nation and the ship Essex built in Salem MA… 🙂

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