Autumn Fall Foliage

The days get shorter and the New England fall foliage begins its change from green to crimson, orange, and gold.

Hot coffee takes on new meaning when crisp mornings herald the approaching autumn. A morning walk by nearby ponds and lakes take on a mysterious feeling with wisps of fog rising from the warmer water to mix with the cooler air. The best part is seeing the fog give way to the morning sun and you see a stand of red maples begin to appear, just over there…

Fireworks in autumn
Haley pond at dawn in Autumn. See more of Maine’s Haley Pond here.

My thoughts on New England fall foliage

I have been photographing the Autumn in New England for almost 20 years now and nothing thrills me as much as the approach of the fall colors in New England.
At any time of the year, I love to get out and explore the countryside (or seashore, or mountains, etc…) But something about exploring the New England countryside during the fall foliage season drives me to go in search of
elusivePeak Foliage.   Why do I (as well as many of you) go crazy looking for the Peak Fall Colors? I’ve been asked this many times over the years.
Gazetteer-NH-VT I have finally come up with the words to capture my feelings.

I think it’s the child-like feeling that we get at Christmas (or your holiday of choice) remembering when we would come downstairs to see the gifts that we hoped we would receive.

This gift of the Peak Fall Colors feels the same to me. Except it’s a treasure hunt and I have to go find the gifts if I’m to receive them. There is no guarantee that I will get anything but a lump of coal but if I’m lucky, I’ll come away with great memories, great pictures and an experience of a lifetime.

Why is New England Fall Foliage the best?

There are many arguments on who has the best fall foliage colors. Some of this is due to pride in one’s home state or region and some of it is due to those all-important tourist dollars.  But any way you slice it, there are many places in the US that can make a claim to having great fall foliage views.

New England is home to an incredibly diverse array of hardwood trees. In places like Colorado, you can find a dazzling display of golden birch and aspens that we are hard-pressed to match.

But when it comes to fiery reds or mixtures of orange and yellows in the same leaves, they are a distant memory in that race.

Who has the BEST fall colors?

I have traveled over a fair portion of the globe and in my opinion, New England is the best place for Autumns fall foliage show.

The reason we are number one (again in my opinion) is the hardwood diversity and density of the New England area. The forestry service says that we have over 60 varieties of color producing trees.

You have the king of fiery foliage which is the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) which heavily populates Vermont and New Hampshire’s forests along with a good number throughout the rest of New England. (Heck I even found one in Alaska!)

The Birch, Red Oak, Pin Cherry, and Hickory are just a few of the many varieties to give us different rainbows of fall colors. The king in most people’s books is the Sugar Maple or the Acer saccharum. Then you have Red maples (Acer rubrum) and striped maples (Acer pensylvanicum) to name a few.

Then there are many trees that aren’t really thought of as fall color producers but do provide wonderful color variations, such as the Sassafras tree or the American sweetgum. Needless to say, they all combine into a wonderful combination of autumn colors.

Do you want to find Peak Fall Foliage?

Peak fall color on the Kancamagus highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. "Autumn foliage New England", "Autumn foliage", "Fall Foliage", "images by Jeff Folger", "New England fall foliage", "New England", "New Hampshire fall foliage", "Scenic New England photography", "tapestry of color", Autumn, Autumn Travels, Kancamagus, Landscape
Peak fall color on the Kancamagus highway

To start off with, this subject occupies most of my waking hours and apparently some of yours as well. This is the most asked question of me, from leaf peepers the world over. Where can I find it, How can I guarantee I find it?

Some people say finding peak fall foliage is a science but I say it’s more of a mystical art.  The truth is simple, its impossible to forecast where and when it will happen or IF it will happen. Some years I have gone through all of October and I never really found Peak fall colors. 

It does happen, infrequently but with my help, you can increase your chances.

First, I wrote an article (one of many) on how best to try to find peak fall foliage in New England. Next, you can go to the top of this page and click the Articles and the pull-down menu will allow you to choose pages that have lists of articles for planning your trip.

Also, I have many articles on what I feel are helpful subjects like Covered Bridges or articles on specific states. This way you can start to narrow or refine your search.

So to get started, check out my current articles or visit my archives by visiting the menu above and click the articles and choose from among the different topics. If you have any questions please send me a message.

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