Peak foliage report for New England
My suggested routes last week yielded good to near peak fall foliage in New England. My suggested foliage routes for this past weekend (24th and 25th of Sept) were apparently pretty close.
Northern Vermont and Jay peak at Peak!
Now the Monday morning quarterbacking begins. I’m happy to say that my expectations for peak fall foliage in Vermont were right on. My wife went up to St Albans VT and while she was there she did see some decent color. On Sunday she drove over to Jay Peak via Montgomery and the color in Montgomery was very good (50-75% of peak).
She was able to stop and get a quick shot of the Comstock and Fuller covered bridges. Both bridges had some nice colorful trees near them to frame in the shot. From there she drove up the auto road to Jay Peak village and she thought she’d get skunked again… We’ve never been there and caught peak fall foliage.
She was driving up the Jay peak road and the clouds were so low to obscure the trees on the way up so she thought the top would also be socked in. Once there though she was near the top of the cloud deck and the sun was poking through the clouds.
As you can see in the slide show below (looks great in full screen) the cold spell we had along with frost has put Jay Peak at Peak or at least 95% of peak and if you go up this week you should still see a great show of Peak.
New Hampshire’s North Country
Michelle Brenholtz went over into the North Country of New Hampshire and tells us that she found that NH’s North Country was showing high but not peak color. So this week it will continue to build and peak should be seen as the color slides further south into the northern edge of the White Mountains and Sugar Hill.
Michelle doesn’t have a website but you can view her work on the New England Photography Guilds FaceBook page. Her first shot is Beaver Brook Falls on Route 145 near Colebrook, NH Great North Woods taken Sept 23 2011
The second photo was taken from the road on Route 26 Dixon Notch North Country, NH. This drive was amazing! It was yesterday…September 23, 2011
Michelle says: “Seems the color is coming in quickly this year, I drove through Franconia Notch and also up Route 16 by Mt. Washington. The color there seems moderate but coming in good. I don’t remember it being this far along the end of September last year”.
I am waiting to hear from other folks but so far it looks like my WAG was pretty accurate… Maine (greenville) jumped to 45% of peak by Sunday (thanks to Heather Davis of Cozy Moose cabins) and Roger Currier of Currier’s flying services has photos like this up on his Face Book page that indicate that the color is flowing south out of the Aroostook area of Maine and the Greenville area is moving to peak this week?
What does this coming week hold? Stay tuned foliage fans for my WAG (or maybe WAFG) for this week into the weekend. (Here’s a hint… I see a colorful weekend ahead…)
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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