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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Boston Fall Foliage 2021

 It's certainly been a strange foliage season here in SE MA and the city of Boston. The warm temperatures throughout most of October delayed the peaking of the foliage this year. I went into Boston for an early morning shoot on Sunday October 31st. Typically, the Fall colors would be peak on that date, but the color was spotty this year. I did find some color and would like to share a few photos taken that morning.

There was a heavy rainstorm the night before, and the rain was predicted to end around 7 AM. The forecast was correct, and the rain stopped just before we arrived in Boston. We parked near the Public Garden and walked over to the Charles River Esplanade where we were greeted with a rainbow.

Early morning kayakers on the Charles River:

John Hancock Tower which is the tallest skyscraper in Boston:

One of the footbridges:

Shot with a telephoto lens:

Boston is a city full of love!

We walked back to the Boston Public Garden to take some shots there. 

The Boston Public Garden from Commonwealth Ave:

I hope you are enjoying your Fall in your neck of the woods. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Manchester Vermont Fall 2021 and Dorset Quarries

 Today's post features photos taken from my last day of shooting in Vermont this Fall. It was another daytrip. My cousin and fellow photographer Betty, has a good friend named Sharon, who lives in Manchester VT. Sharon invited us up to her neck of the woods to show us around the area. I have never been to Manchester before and all I can say is that I fell in love with the area. It's a gorgeous town in Southwest VT. 

Our first stop of the morning was to photograph The West Dummerston Covered Bridge, which is the longest covered bridge in the state of VT, at 280 feet. The bridge was built in 1872 and it spans the West River in Dummerston.

Sharon advised us on a route to take from Boston. She recommended we make our way up to Jamaica VT which is in SE VT, and from there to take Pike Falls Road over to the Western side of the state. This is a GORGEOUS dirt road that runs up through the mountains from East to West. A few photos from this road:

We stopped along the road to Stratton Mountain and photographed the view from the road.

Sharon met us at Dutton's Farmstand in Manchester. I photographed the sugar house which was all decorated for Halloween.

From here we stopped to photograph the First Congregational Church in Manchester

We went to downtown Manchester and had a delicious lunch at a pizza place.

Our next stop was to the Dorset Marble Quarry. It is the first marble quarry in the United States. What a beautiful place for photography!

Our next place to see was a four mile loop drive in Dorset Hollow. The views on these roads are gorgeous.

Our final stop was to visit the Manchester town Common where we got one of the most delicious Maple Creemees I have ever had. I have no photos of it, but it was so good. :-)

It was sad for me to see this day end, as I knew it was going to be my final day to photograph the Fall foliage in VT in 2021. It was a beautiful Fall in Vermont this year, and I'm thankful and humbled to have been able to witness and photograph the beauty of another Fall in Vermont. 

Stay tuned for some Boston foliage photos which will be featured in the next blog post.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Hartland Covered Bridges, Buttermilk Falls, Echo lake, and Weston Mill VT Foliage

 I hope this Fall has been a good one for you. I made two day trips to VT the week after my weeklong stay up in the NEK. The first daytrip was with my good friend and fellow photographer David. David's favorite thing to photograph is waterfalls so I planned an itinerary to photograph some areas in Central VT including a few waterfalls. 

I left my house in SE MA around 4:40 am. Guess what????............ We arrived to our first location socked in with fog. :-) I just couldn't escape the foggy mornings this year. Our first stop was at the two covered bridges in Hartland VT. I honestly wasn't thrilled with any photos I took at this location, but wanted to share a few anyway. My friend who is more mobile than me got some great shots of the falls, but unfortunately mobility is an issue for me since the mva so I make the best with what I can do.

A nearby railroad track caught my eye

From here we took side roads to our next destination. Along the way we passed a narrow road called Sugarhouse Lane. The name of the road caught my eye so I turned around and went back to the road to look for a sugarhouse to photograph. The sugarhouse turned out to not be photographic, but the road itself was really pretty.....

Shortly after this, the sun broke through the fog and it turned into a lovely day. Here is a stop at Echo Lake in Plymouth VT.

Our next stop was to Buttermilk Falls in Ludlow VT. This is such a pretty little area. It was my first time here. 

Beautiful color and reflections along Buttermilk Falls Road

I'm glad I brought my trekking poles because they really came in handy navigating myself through the short walk through the trail to get to the falls. It's a short walk, but lots of rocks, tree roots, and fallen leaves.

The main fall

There are also upper and lower falls at this location that my friend David got some great shots of as well.

From here we decided to drive up along Okemo Mountain. What a beautiful resort and mountain.

Our next stop was to photograph the Old Mill in Weston.

Our final stop of the day was to photograph Stickney Brook Falls in Southern VT

It had been a very long day and from here we both decided to head back home. Stay tuned for the next day trip I took that week, along with some more local Boston photos I've recently taken. Thanks for taking the time to view the blog. I really appreciate it. xxoo

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Plymouth MA Foliage Photos

Today will feature some local Fall foliage pictures from there in SE MA. A few weeks ago I went down to photograph some "country" areas in Plymouth MA. Typically, I am shooting seascapes and harbor photos in Plymouth so this was a nice change for me. Here is what we found that day:

It hasn't been a great year for Fall foliage here in Southern MA, but if you put some effort into it, you can find some areas that are photo worthy. 

Happy November!