First, I want to thank my readers who have stopped back in to tell me how much my research and my miles (currently 3475 as of 12 Oct) means to them. It lets me know that I’m helping and not wasting my time. Also I want to thank those folks who have donated to “keeping Jeff on the road” You may have seen an “AD” pop up in my articles and these folks have straight out, donated. I am quite humbled when I get that notification from Paypal. If you look on the menu bar up top there is a page for it also. 🙂
Next I am happy to announce that two art buyers (Orlando FL. and Marlboro, MD) purchased three pieces of artwork from me this week. One person bought two images of the Jenne farm in Reading Vermont and the other bought the Fire pond.
Out of all the thousands of images of the Jenne farm for sale and they bought two of mine… I’m again humbly thankful. One request for those who might be blocking ADs in their browsers. I am self-employed and my affiliates along with Google ads are how I get paid. I understand why you do it but it would help me it you would visit those advertisers via my website that you find useful. Note* clicking a Google banner doesn’t require a purchase to help me.
Is the foliage over? Not yet!
This weekend from what I saw on Facebook and in blog feedback was outstanding. Lisa and I went to Maine on Saturday to the Sabbathday Shaker village.
They had a small festival going on with Vendors and demonstrations of Iron forge work and wood turning the old fashion way. Apples and cheese and food was plentiful (and good!)
But as you look at the Shaker Meeting house on the left you would say “Jeff is crazy! There are no fall colors there!” And you would be right on so MANY levels…
Now I’ll post an image from just a few miles away and you will be reminded why I say, “The colors can go from green to great in the space of a few miles, so just explore a little and you will find some”…
Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont
I have been planning to get back up to Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch for some time now. I have been waiting for words from anyone saying the fall colors had “Really” arrived but all was quiet. My worry is always that the foliage will be over before I have a chance to visit!
So Monday morning my alarm was going off and I didn’t know why so I turned it off but before I could drift back to sleep (it was 4AM), a dim thought came forward to remind me that I was going north this morning. So I stumbled into the dark hallway to pull my big boys pants on and try not to wake Lisa up who had to go to work a few hours later.
I started to see hill tops poking through the low lying fog on 89 as I exited onto Route 100. I arrived at Smuggler’s Notch with few people there. I had been inspired by a photograph by a past Guild member, Matt Stearns who photographed the “Notch” at dawn and four years later I got there on a sun drenched morning to tackle the bright contrasts.
I’m not a hiker and no one will mistake me for one but I’m not afraid of walking up a hill.And what a hill that is, whew! I can also demonstrate that in no way, is the foliage over in Smuggler’s Notch.
I stopped at the Gentle Giant Sleigh and Carriage Rides which is just south of Smuggler’s Notch. They have buggies and buckboards for spring through fall and sleighs for when more inclement weather arrives in Stowe Vermont. (call ahead to make a reservation).
The Gentle Giants refers to their beautiful draft horses. I only caught the one ride going out and it looks to be a very comfortable ride through the covered bridge and into the woods. I bet that is an awesome way to see the fall colors in Stowe Vermont!
I drove down to Moretown VT and took the Moretown mountain road over to Northfield Vermont and stopped to photograph a couple of their red covered bridges (some of my favorites in New England)
I slowly made my way over 302 and Route 25, ending up in Wait’s River where I caught one of the classic Vermont scenic Icons. If you want to locate this scenic Vermont view then pick up one of Arnold Kaplan’s (How to find and photograph Photo-scenics in Vermont)
Well I drove 516 miles on Columbus Day and that is what I always tell you not to do but when the fall colors are this glorious, I won’t blame you for doing a lot of miles.
Here is where it gets tough
The reports are showing hit or miss in Massachusetts and CT/RI. In Fact, my foliage spotter in central Mass, (John Burk Photography) says the Mohawk trail is still very green in a lot of areas and while color is coming in, it’s coming slowly like it did up north.
I expect the colors to take their time unless the cooler temps that we get over the next few days, speeds up the turning of the colors. This morning the weatherman mention snow in the Berkshires and upper elevations of the White and Green Mountains… I’ll let that sink in…
This snow is a double edge sword. It may speed things up and can take the leaves down and out. It sounds like it’s a very light dusting and only above the alpine level and IF this is the case it could bring cooler temps to the lower elevations and then we’ll hopefully see a movement towards turning color soon.
The Question is this, will we see it by this weekend? We also are seeing weather reports of wind and rain. and if you’ve heard me say it a thousand times this is the last thing we want to have now. The leaves are very vulnerable once they have turned color and they don’t need more than a nudge to head for cover on the ground.
Where to look for the fall colors this week
Your best bets are in the lakes region (where I’m heading in the morning) and southern Vermont and much of southern Maine… Massachusetts? well hopefully it picks up soon or I’ll be writing fall foliage articles about getting color in your Christmas wreaths! 🙂
Old Sturbridge Village presents Dig In: A Field to Table Festival
Saturday and Sunday, October 17th-18th
Pumpkins on the Pier Festival
October 17th, 2015
Read more about Pumpkins on the Pier and find family tips: http://newenglandfallevents.blogspot.com/2014/09/pumpkins-on-pier-in-milford-ct-puts-new.html
Halloween Storybook Hayrides at DeMeritt Hill Farm
Saturday and Sunday, October 17th & 18th, 2015
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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.