Only 30 days to experience Autumn!
Confused? Many of you will no doubt be scratching your noggin saying that doesn’t add up… early color arrives in Mid Sept or earlier and truth be told today is 10 November and there is still color on many trees here in Salem MA.
What I mean by Meaningful fall color, is the kind of fall colors you hope to find! This is my personal measurement and all of you have your own inner measurement. As when you feel you have found really good fall colors. So to really experience Autumn I’m using my experience to guide me.
Real color :”generally” can be found the last week of Sept in areas of northern Maine, Dixville Notch New Hampshire and the NorthEast Kingdom of Vermont. Again, this isn’t a hard and fast rule but it will usually work out well for you.
The early New England fall colors
Up above is Meaningful fall color on 28 Sept, on route 16, between Maine and Errol New Hampshire. I think most will agree with me and call this peak fall foliage. It’s bright and there were lots of reds.
But! just a bit south on Route 16 is Pinkham Notch and the two images are taken 10 days apart: 18 Sept and 28 Sept 2014. You can see the very early beginnings of fall color on the 18th and no one would be happy with it. On the 28th, the colors are better but it is still coming into it’s full color range.
We were heading towards an incredible fall and then Mother Nature slapped us back to reality. In the first 10 days of Oct, Northern NH had around 5 days of rain along with 2 days of overcast and one day was partly sunny and one day of full sun.
This resulted in slowing down the changes to a snail’s pace and worse yet! it brought down most of the bright peak fall colors. Now if this are for the remaining colors to come back and get bright we would need many sunny cool days and cold nights.
Now Mother Nature slaps us one more time for good measure and the next seven days sees temps in the 50s to the low 80s along with 3 sunny days and 3 rainy days and 2 overcast days… Not even a slim chance in this area.
Lucky for us it wasn’t like this everywhere but Oct saw rain and wind events to make it very difficult for the leaves to brighten up like we were seeing at the last few days of Sept.
But by weaving our way through Vermont and New Hampshire’s back roads, we were able to experience autumn and find very nice colors.
On 10 October Lisa and I travelled all over Vermont and places like the Jenne farm and a few others produced some wonderful images.
So hopefully you were able to find some great shots yourself!
I’ve been trying to give some gifts away and I’ll keep posting the partial email addresses and sending out emails.
This weeks attempt is heidimaguire@ and Heidi needs to contact me at jeff.foliage AT Gmail dot com and I will ship out one of several items. (I just need someone to reply to me) 🙂
Next week I’ll post more about what I found on the back roads of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont! Be sure to check back and I’ll leave the light on for ya!Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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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.