Welcome to my home state of Vermont
Autumn signs are now emerging through the movement of wildlife, harvests and trees like the swamp maples that turn earlier. Very soon smoke will be curling from chimneys in the countryside signaling Summer’s departure and Autumn’s arrival. I’m starting to feel the “wander lust” urges to travel the back roads in search of brightly colored hillsides, country lanes, Foliage Festivals and Harvest Suppers.
One of the great things about Vermont is that you don’t have to travel a great distance in any direction to experience a New England Autumn. Vermont’s diverse elevations provide quicker access in experiencing the many different stages of Foliage Season. Just when you think it’s too soon or too late you may drive or walk around a bend on a road and suddenly be pleasantly surprised. The photo in this article is a good example.
It’s a shot I took in 2012 in Orange Vermont during the later stages of Foliage Season. It’s a sheltered area on a hillside on a back road encircling a large farm. Don’t be afraid to venture out into the countryside. Get off the pavement if you really want to experience Autumn in all it’s glory.
Other Autumn nuances I enjoy about during Foliage Season are changes in the air, that little invigorating bite in the wind coupled with the musky aromas of Autumn. Foggy early mornings around lakes, ponds and streams offer enchanting opportunities for shafts of light streaming and steaming through the trees. I usually travel in and around Caledonia, Washington and Orange Counties, intentionally avoiding the well beaten paths. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a lot of very nice folks over the years during every foliage season.
About Me: I’m a 4th generation native of Vermont (possibly 5th). I’ve been shooting for many years but more seriously since 2008. I’m currently shooting with a Canon EOS 6D and a Canon EOS T3i. My favorite go-to lens is my Canon EF 1:4 IS USM 24-105mm. I usually bring along a 24mm f/2.8 and my 70-200 f/2.8 with a 2X extender. I also recommend the use of polarizing filters. Flash comes in handy when fill light is needed when subjects are in the shade. Alternatively, not lighting the subject under those conditions provides the opportunity to create a silhouetted profile of a loved one with foliage as the backdrop if your goal is creativity with your captures. Creativity has no boundaries.
Don’t forget to look to see what’s behind you while traveling winding roads and take a gander straight up to the sky for back-lit foliage against a glorious blue sky. When you don’t find what you’re looking for, narrow your quest for something more intimate, closer in proximity. If it’s raining, don’t let that discourage you but Do keep your camera dry. Colors appear far more saturated in the rain. After the storm you may be blessed with shafts of sunlight poking through the clouds scattering spots or shafts of sunlight over a hillside that can expose those amazing colors like an explosion.
Much to see – Much to capture – if you take the time to look.
MOST Important – Take the Time to Enjoy your travels in Vermont, no need to Rush.
Sincerely hope you thoroughly enjoy the Foliage Season in New England this year.
Barre Town, Vermont
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.