Third Week of October 2016


It has been a vivid and beautiful foliage season, one of the best ever. The leaves are coming down in the Upper Valley and the surrounding areas of NH and VT, but there is still nice foliage in spots.

I ventured west into VT Wednesday then looped south and east and back north through NH. On Thursday I also drove into VT but this time looped north and then back southeast to NH. The other days I walked locally with Jann hitting some interesting light during our mostly early morning walks. The rains of Saturday and this morning gave me a chance to edit the photos I took during the third week of October.

Heading out for an early Sunday morning hike, we stopped to get this pair of photos in Lebanon. If you click the right hand photo you can see that there is a dog watching me closely.



Monday morning I took the photo of wet leaves at the top of this blog.

Tuesday morning was overcast with soft light and a dark blue sky. I really liked the light that morning. Here are some of the photos I took during a loop walk not very far from home.

Here is another photo from Tuesday morning.


And here is the same scene the next afternoon.


Wednesday was my longest day, starting before sunrise and finishing around 11 AM. I’m not into photographing icons, but if one is near where I am going anyway I will certainly stop and take a photo. Below, of course, is the Jenne Farm.


A short time before that photo was taken I got the photos below while several photographers waited at the Jenne Farm for the sun to hit the buildings.

I wandered some favorite back roads from Reading to West Windsor.

This is the overlook of West Windsor I was heading for.


Heading down to West Windsor I got two views of a farm.

I looped back to NH stopping at the Blow-me-down area in Cornish to take some wide angle shots of the beautiful wetlands there. Fortunately I had a second camera body with longer lens around my neck because multiple groups of wood ducks suddenly lifted off from the wetlands. You can see more photo of these wood ducks by clicking the image below or HERE.


Here are some photos of Blow-me-down Brook where I photographed the wood ducks.

Thursday morning I headed to a favorite spot in neighboring Norwich, VT. I did not get off as early as I wanted and then I got distracted when I saw a bit of color in the sky as I left home. So I drove 6 miles out of my way only to find fog obscuring the sky. But I got to Norwich in time to photograph the fog over the Connecticut River with Mount Moosilauke in the left background in this photo.


I headed down to the White River in Sharon, but stopped to get this photo along the way.


I found a spot where I could climb down to the river and walk on land that is normally covered with water. But this has been a very dry summer and fall. Here are some photos of the White River.

I took few photos in Strafford; the light wasn’t great.  Here is one.


I looped back through a great birding area in Norwich and got some photos along the Pompy.

Before I reached home I took a photo of a beautiful red barn in Hanover.


Saturday morning was rainy but Jann and I headed out for an early walk anyway.  Here are three photos I took with my trusty LX7.

That morning I got a shot of a bald eagle in the rain in Lebanon near Lake Mascoma, but not with my LX7.  I suspect this is the same eagle, or its mate, that I photographed late in September.  If you want to see those photos, click the image below or HERE.


Here are a few more photos I took the Third Week of October.

Blow-me-down Wood Ducks

I was photographing the fall foliage yesterday along Blow-me-down Brook in Cornish with a wide angle lens on a tripod.  Fortunately I had a second camera body with slightly longer lens around my neck.  Suddenly a group of perhaps 6 wood ducks took off from the brook a bit behind me and flew past.  I shot furiously.  Then a few seconds later another group, then another.  I didn’t get a count, but I’m guessing there were more than a dozen.

Here are a few photos that are almost sharp enough for the web.

Here is a photo I took in this spot with a wide angle lens.



Second Week of October 2016


During the second week of October the foliage remained spectacular west, north, and east of the Upper Valley — I did not venture south of Hanover.  Well, I did make a short trip to Lebanon for some maple and birch photos.

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I didn’t have to leave my Etna yard to make some motion blurs of white birch.



On Monday morning I headed to Norwich, Vermont to check out a few favorite spots. The foliage had not yet reached peak there, but it was quite nice in the early light.

Next up was Pomfret where I photographed some structures. The farm with the silo was Raymond’s. He was a great maple sugar artist before he passed away. I was once in his extremely modest sugar shack when a person came to stock up on syrup.  He drove from Downeast Maine each year just to buy from Raymond.  A sunset photo I took of Raymond’s Farm was used on a magazine cover years ago.

The sky and colors were nice in Barnard, VT.

Next morning was an early trip to Sugar Hill.

In Franconia I found a witch on a broomstick in the old Stone Iron Furnace.


The area around the Basin in Franconia Notch didn’t have bold reds, but it did have some nice lines and leaves.

In Woodstock, NH, I stopped at Beaver Pond — always a beautiful spot.


Birch, a stone wall, and a horse greeted me in Easton.

North Haverhill had some color around several farms just beyond the small town.

Heading south to Orford, I found some pleasing farm scenes.

In Lyme, a sailboat sat peacefully in Post Pond reflections.


On Wednesday, a friend and I toured some spots in central NH that few people visit and few photographers know about.  Our first stops were in Dorchester where we found many nice scenes.

We stopped in Piermont, NH before heading back east.

We spent quite a bit of time in Rumney, NH walking slowly around Quincy Bog. This is a wonderful spot for birds at the right time of year.

In Ellsworth there was a waterfall in the sun.  But no matter, it was actually only a water trickle.


Our final stop of the day was in Campton at a very nice pond that looks like it is worth a future kayak trip.

I ended the week with Jann.  We watched to conclusion of a race on the Connecticut River.  Then we visited the best farmer’s market around, in Norwich, VT. Finally a beautiful hike in the village of Norwich.

Here are some of the other photos I took during the Second Week of October during a great foliage season.

First Week of October 2016

I spent parts of October 3, 5, and 7 at various places along and near Routes 4 and 4A in New Hampshire. The foliage was beautiful and very vivid. Some folks predicted our dry summer and fall would lead to dull colors, but this has been the best foliage season in memory.  I’ve long believed that predictions about fall foliage are about as reliable as weather predictions two weeks in advance.


My longest day of photography was October 3 when I did a loop east on Rt 4A then back west on Route 4.  My first stop was the best local area for early fall reds — the Enfield Wildlife Management Area. Fog was hanging low over the hills and shielding the sun, but it promised to be a sunny day.


Thirty minutes later down the road a bit, the fog had cleared over McDaniel’s Marsh.


I headed to a series of wetlands in Springfield and saw a Northern Harrier across a marsh.  I was able to get a few distant shots before it departed, circling high overhead in a thermal from the nearby hills.


Down 4A just a short distance I got this photo.


I stopped in North Wilmot to get some photos for an article I am writing and photographing. I’m not showing those photos here, but this is a shot from this small village of white buildings.


I turned a short distance off 4A and stopped at a spot I had bypassed numerous times before. This proved the old photo rule — it is hard to find photos while driving.  You really need to stop —  almost anywhere — and walk around to really see the possibilities. This is Cascade Brook, a beautiful stream I had photographed many times before in summer and winter, but at a location somewhat to the east.


I walked across the road and got this photo just upstream of the photo above.


Looping back, I got this photo about 1/8 mile from 4A.


A short distance off Route 4A this scene revealed a mirror-like Blackwater River with Ragged Mountain in the background.


Across from the SE end of 4A is the Cilleyville Bog Bridge. It is closed to traffic, and there is a picnic table inside it.


My two favorite mountains in the area for hiking are Mount Kearsarge and Mount Sunapee. Here is Mount Kearsarge from South Danbury.


At the dam end of Danbury Bog is this scene. I decided to not try out the rope swing.


This is the scene just below the dam.


About a mile south of the dam is this view of Danbury Bog from the road.


The other side of the road looked like this.


A short hike from this spot revealed a nice view through the trees.


Back to the road, a couple with a young child had arrived to fish.  That is Ragged Mountain ski area in the background.


Heading NW, I photographed Tilton Pond from the side of Route 4.

On October 5, my wife and I took an early morning hike in Enfield just across the new Shaker Bridge from Route 4A. The early fog created some nice soft light.


After our hike I checked out a site where I have been commissioned to create an image that can be printed very large. I decided conditions were not right so I decided to wait some days. I then drove to the Packard Hill Covered Bridge in Lebanon which is located less than two miles from the NW end of 4A as the crow flies.  One can walk the Northern Rail Trail along the Mascoma River from 4A to this bridge passing some beautiful areas conserved by the Upper Valley Land Trust.

I met a young woman at the bridge who was taking photos for her photography class at Colby Sawyer College. After chatting with her and telling her about Route 4A, I made this photo, silently thanking the city for cutting the brush that had been hiding the bridge from this spot for a long time.


Heading home, the fog still provided soft light at this spot about a mile from my house.


I stayed home October 6 to get caught up on many items that were being neglected. But I did get a shot of a dramatic maple in my yard with the moon. A polarizer helped the colors pop in the bright late afternoon sun.


October 7 found my wife and me in Canaan, NH a bit north of Route 4. We were there for a hike, but of course I used this as an opportunity to take more photos. A slight breeze was already pulling leaves off this maple.


Looking in the other direction I got this view.  What a great spot.


On the way home we drove by Goose Pond.


We concluded the week today with a hike in Hanover Center. Here are two from early this morning.



Here are some of the other photos I took the first week of October 2016.

If you would like to see photos from along Route 4A the last week of September 2016, click HERE.

If you would like to see photos from along Route 4A and read a description of this wonderful short road that almost no one drives, click HERE.