Autumn in New England – FALLING INTO COLOR!

This was my year to FALL INTO COLOR!

A visit to New England in the autumn has been on my bucket list forever – I mean GEEZ I’m a photographer – how could I possibly resist?

Well this was the year was my chance and I’ve been planning and researching it for six months – trying to figure out the best time and the best route and all the places to visit along the way.

First of all, YES all the roads look like that – can you stand it?  I seriously took HUNDREDS of photos as we were driving.

Both hubby and I kept saying “Oh my gosh look at that….!”  “Look at the colors” “Etc”  “Etc” “Etc”

Here’s a fun little timelapse:

Incredible isn’t it?  And speaking of incredible….

I learned that the PEAK tree color only happens for about ten days – and those ten days can range from late September to Late October – so it’s an iffy proposition to plan a visit.

But we lucked out and arrived just after the Columbus Day crowds had gone and when the hills were at peak color.

And in addition to peak color,  guess what?

They have WATER! [gasp!]

Everywhere we looked there were sweet little ponds, streams, babbling brooks, waterfalls and the like.  It was amazing!

And side note:  Whenever we were driving around and saw something interesting –  my hubby would U-turn and let me go photograph it.

(And I bet we pulled over for me to photograph something at least 100 times during our 8 day trip – not kidding you on that.)

And he did it all with a SMILE!   What a guy, right?

In this next case, we saw just a peek of this amazing pond from the road  – screeched to a stop and I grabbed my gear.

I literally almost DIED when I hiked down to it and discovered not just an amazing mirrored reflection of fall  but AN ISLAND with romantic chairs.

CAN’T STAND IT!

Breathtaking!

Here’s the route we planned – we spent 8 days our adventure (of course starting off in Philly so we could see Matt)

We put 2,079 miles on our rental car !

I was a kid in a candy store with so much beauty EVERYWHERE!

Every mountain in Vermont and New Hampshire looked pretty much like this:

And the sun kept doing amazing things to the leaf color….be still my heart….

And every trail looked like this:

And those trails lead to amazing places and views like this:

Before I left home, I made a list of all the portraits I wanted to make on my trip – things I hoped for – and one of them was a cute white church.

I think we pulled over to photograph about 20 churches – here are my favorite three:

My goodness can you imagine worshipping in one of these sweet little churches??

Of course we couldn’t resist some hiking – we even walked on the Appalachian Trail for a bit.   (In case you didn’t know the Appalachian Trail starts  in Georgia and extends 2181 miles to Maine

and is the longest continuously marked footpath in the world.

We didn’t choose crazy long hikes since I had my big camera, but just enough to feel like we were

soaking it all in and enjoying what Mother Nature had to offer….

This Rocky Gorge was one of our favorite hikes…..don’t you love the color reflected in the water?

[….and speaking of water – that portrait also demonstrates a photography technique called “Slow Shutter photography”

I set up my camera with a long 5 second shutter and Neutral Density Filter – so I could make the waterfalls soft and smokey

rather than crisp…doesn’t it add some beautiful softness?

Here’s a zoomed in comparison:

We stayed at B & B’s along the way….

This was our driveway:

And our street:

And how’s this for serendipity:   Our Rental car company goofed up and didn’t have the compact car we ordered – so they gave us a convertible BMW in apology….SCORE!

Hubby was in HEAVEN to say the least….

One of the most famous routes for New England Leaf Peepers is the Kancamagus National Scenic Highway –

we spent two days exploring it’s 56 miles of beauty

And they have a sense of humor:

Speaking of sense of humor, hubby let me ‘drive’ for 10 seconds…..

But no worries, I didn’t WANT to drive – I literally had my big camera on my lap every single minute of our 8 day road trip!

Because of stuff like this:

Also on my wish list was a cute red barn and some covered bridges….

Bonus points because this one had cows….

There are a lot more covered bridges than we thought – and each one was unique!

And how about the view from inside the covered bridge looking out:

And from the outside looking in?

The hiking was glorious!   Crunch, crunch….

And some of our leaves were soggy because we got a bit of rain….

The falling leaves and the babbling brook from that hike were magical!

I tried to soak in each and every little detail…..

Up, down and all around….

We also rode up Cannon Mountain in the sky gondola….

Little Amish girl – rode up the mountain with us… So sweet!

hellllloooooo down there…..

And yes, I did try to make a Leaf Angel = epic fail!

RAINBOW!  And we clearly found the pot of gold!~

Vermont’s Scenic Byway Route 100 was just as glorious….

We admired and stopped to photograph people’s DRIVEWAY for crying out loud = gorgeous!

Bought some crisp apples from the little farmers market….

I just couldn’t get enough of the waterfalls — so beautiful!

We wanted to see a moose, but instead found lots of wild TURKEYS!

Since it was raining one of our days, we had some wonderful and mysterious misty fog….

So I trooped out into the rain to photograph the beauty….

Even the McDonalds sported a carpet of gold!

Don’t Miss the SECOND HALF half of our adventure – the Maine Coast, Acadia National Park and LOBSTER!

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