Well, we had some changes in the past week, are any of you still up here? I posted on my Fall Foliage Facebook page and my Twiter feed about my finds but ran out of energy to write this. You may think this thing that I do is great, you may envy me… But I have given up every weekend for the past 6 weeks to go in search of the fall colors of New England. So beware what you wish for… 🙂
Maine Peak Fall Foliage
On Wednesday the 18th, Lisa and I drove up 95 to Maine since the Maine tourism page said they were at peak in North and western Maine and good everywhere else. As we headed up 95 from MA into NH, the highway views were bright and a visual distraction. As we got into Maine they got duller and fewer. I was getting worried. As you will see I didn’t need to.
We caught 202 and then 4 and then made our way to Route 17 from Mexico and Rumford. About this time of the afternoon, the colors were looking very nice all through and around Rumford. As we headed north on 17 it was dazzling. We decided to head to Rangeley Lake and see how the Maine tourism folks were at accuracy. Not so good as it turns out.
Rangeley was past peak but that does not mean stick season, Far from it. but you could see that the lake had a little late color and a lot of bare trees. We again used my Hotels combined and found that our favorite place to stay in Rangeley had one room left at… I’m actually going to Lisa tell you about the Rangeley Inn and in a day or two, you will find a link here. She does hotel reviews better than I do but just so you know it’s still our favorite.
The next morning in Rangeley
When you view these images, remember what I said above, it’s past peak! (As I load these in my online gallery you will see a link to the image in the title. Click on it and you can go to my online gallery and if so moved make a secure purchase with 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t love it)
As you can see my morning started off on the right foot. Past peak does not mean there is no color, that would be stick season. Past peak means there are bare trees or the colors are fading and not as bright. I had all my favorite elements. Just prior to the sun rising over the hills, I had a nice fog bank over the lake and some bright color in a couple spots that I could focus in on.
So please don’t come complaining to me that it’s not wall to wall color. If we are given just a little fall color and a few elements like fog and dawn, I can set up my tripod and do rather well.
We drove past the “Height of Land” the previous afternoon and again this morning. Here are some of the image from both days so you can see what the comparison is.
Later afternoon at height of land
MMid-morning at Height of Land
As you can see the angle and the quality of the light makes a big difference.
Route 17 to Route 2
We headed back down Route 17 and the morning colors were immediately brighter but as I said for the past six weeks, this hasn’t been an easy season. The colors were less prevalent as we got on Route 2 and headed to New Hampshire.
On some hills, we could see bare trees as well as very colorful brightly colored trees. So while I made some really nice images this week(end) (Remember my weekends are not the same as yours). I did see small spots of fall colors, and we made the best of it and simply enjoyed it.
Route 113 and Evans Notch
So we picked up Route 2 in Rumford and travel through several small towns and a short distance after Bethel Maine you come to Route 113 which takes you to Evans Notch. Route 2 had been so-so and I was figuring that this would be a quick trip down Route 113.
As soon as we turned onto it I knew I was in for a treat. Immediately there are rows of Birch trees that look very nice in the morning sun. (photographic note) This seems to work well as a morning or early afternoon drive since the leaves are backlit. It was 1PM as we hit Route 2 and the trip slowed down at this point. There are few if any pullouts and I suggest that you find a place to park and walk back.
For some reason, I decided to take a dirt road off to the west. Google calls it Wildriver road and there was a campground at the end of its 5.2 miles distance. The drive was uneventful but as you can see, there were many photo opportunities.
If you get there tomorrow (the 21st) you will or should be in the thick of it. Evans Notch is very pretty and the fall colors are there but you have to find it. Are you ready?
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This weekend into Next week
Well the areas I traveled will be fading this weekend but you should still find good fall colors from Rumford south to Sebago Lake and the colors should get stronger unless the rain on Wednesday brings strong winds. In New Hampshire, you should be seeing good color from the Lakes region south. I also stopped in Eaton off 153 and while not peak, the colors in the red maples along the lake were very bright but that is definitely an early morning shot.
In Vermont, I would bet that around Killington and all the covered bridges in that area should be looking very nice.
In Massachusetts, I would venture a drive along the Mohawk trail and see what it looks like.
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