Well, you have found my all about me page…
Yes this page is about Foliage… Jeff Foliage… so you can read about my journey through the foliage or go back to checking out the locations to find fall color.
Each year has been a learning experience for me and with in a few years people were asking me, where to go. My proudest moment was when Yankee Magazine asked me to be their first blogger and tell everyone where I was finding peak fall foliage in my travels or more importantly NOT finding it.
Now 35 years since I first started taking pictures and 10,000+ miles of chasing peak color and it doesn’t fail, someone will mention Peak fall color, and I still start salivating… 🙂
My Early fall vacations
Towards my final years in the service, I would take my vacation time between Sept and October. Since all my family lived in New England (Ok, the really cool ones did), I would come home to visit and see fall color. I would only be home for a week or so and usually ended up being disappointed at not finding peak fall color in my New England travels.
I relied on my sister and Brother in law for point outs and this worked our pretty good but mostly I just hit the road (with out maps or even current reports) I did say, I was green, right?
I would drive by conservation areas like the one above in Hampstead NH or I would find ponds like this one in Kingston NH. All without map books or clear guidance of where to go..
I retired in 2003 and as the summer progressed I started to think about the pending fall season. I started planning to visit NH and V T to see the fall colors and when Sept arrived I would take off for places like Conway NH or White river Junction and wondered where the fall colors were… 🙂 Boy was I green, just like this early fall color!
If I have gotten a Gazetteer from Delorme I would have known that within a few miles of Kingston there were four sizable ponds, not too mention three smaller ones and a state park and a managed natural area. [see map from Google]
I traveled around the country side and I eventually found websites that I learned that I was heading out too early or not heading far enough north for these dates in Sept.
I learned how the color mostly flows north to south and higher elevation to lower [exception is swampy areas] where red maples or striped/swamp maples turn in late August to early Sept.
I loved to get on the road at 3:30 in the morning and head north to the Flume gorge in early Oct or take a ride into Peacham Vermont and explore the NEK… [North East Kingdom]
To me it didn’t really matter since I was on the road somewhere and the freedom of that traveling allowed me to explore my desire to share New England’s fall foliage with you.
I’ve received emails from around the world and I’m happy to share to the best of my ability, what I have learned over the past 10+ years.