The Fall foliage comment to win, winner for May, is Liz Talley and I will be sending her t-shirt out asap… (*Note to self, send t-shirt) I really wish I could give out gifts to everyone but then I’d run out of t-shirts tomorrow… Don’t worry, I still have a big box of them left. After that, I might have to send out a signed print of me, and we don’t want that… 🙂
Peacham fall foliage and a blacksmith
Well, you might be confused over this title. When I started to blog for Yankee Magazine a lifetime ago, the wisdom I had garnered from the fall foliage lore masters was that the NEK (North East Kingdom) was one of the earlier places to start changing fall colors. But even in my early searches from 2003 to 2007, when I got in there around 28 September, I found I had arrived too early.
This means any meaningful fall color is further north, and I didn’t have my passport! Many of you have told me that you’re only coming for a short period of time and the colors HAVE to be at peak… Well, sometimes they don’t quite meet our expectations. You may say that the shot above is awesome and you would be happy with it, Thank you, but it breaks a lot of the rules. Shooting at Mid-day is my first mistake but if you can’t wait till 4PM then TAKE THE SHOT! I want you to capture all these memories, even if they aren’t award-winning.
What to do if you got here at the wrong time?
The shot above is 1 Oct but due to El Nino, the colors are just not there yet, so what do you do? How about a backup plan? If you check my festivals page you would know that the NEK fall foliage festival is generally from 28 Sept to 5 Oct. (every year the dates change a little but today is the day that Peacham holds theirs. (each day a different town holds theirs)
I wandered the grounds and found out that they open their blacksmith shop only during the festival. I was able to experience the process of creating a tool from raw iron to a useful implement. An older gentleman was showing a young man the ropes from getting the fire hot enough to maintaining the fire without a lot of effort.
So I didn’t get a great shot of New England fall foliage but I did make a great memory and I enjoyed my visit to the North East Kingdom. Sometimes, that is all you can manage. I wish I could promise all the colors of a rainbow on every single tree. What I can promise is this, if you plan to find other things just in case the fall colors, just aren’t there yet, you will make a great memory.
Isn’t that what your vacation is mostly about? Now I’ve created a listing of scenic drives. These are all the articles that I feel give you ideas on routes to take and shots to take. I think you’ll find many of these scenic drive articles helpful.Jeff "Foliage" Folger You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
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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.