Vermont Village

Waits River, Vermont is one the quaint villages I was seeking when I visited the area earlier this fall.  It’s one of those locations that you need to know about in advance, however, as you risk driving right through it without noticing much more than the nice church as you pass by.  In order to get a good angle and composition that includes the various buildings, you need to turn down this narrow road to get the view back up towards the church.  Advanced research and scouting of the area was definitely key on this trip.

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts about this trip, I was really lucky to get these foggy mornings which when timed right, can provide beautiful light as the fog lifts.  When I first passed though the area before sunrise, I couldn’t see the church as I stood right in front of it.  But later that morning as the fog started to clear, I was treated to some beautiful, almost ethereal, light.  The fog was still obscuring most of the colorful foliage in the background, but for this particular image, I didn’t really care – I had the shot I wanted.


Foggy Path

Vermont is filled with scenes like this one.  Trees turning color, fog in the morning, and an old dirt road leading somewhere interesting. I love to find spots like this while out exploring or on my way to a another location.  On this particular morning, the fog was incredibly think in the low-lying areas of central Vermont, and many of the places I was hoping to shoot were blanketed with too much fog to create images.  So instead, I spent the morning driving around with no agenda, other than to look for scenes just like this.  This spot caught my eye while turning around on a small side street, and I set up a composition that would include the dirt road as a leading line through the image, while also getting in the trees and a bit of foggy background. A simple scene, but one that I really like.


 

Jenne Farm

This is the Jenne Farm in Reading, VT.  You may know it as one of the most photographed farms in New England, if not the United States. And you know what? I was thrilled to finally get there and make some images, exactly as many, many photographers have done before me.  There was a time when I wanted to avoid the most photographed ______ in the country or world, thinking that how could I possibly create something that no one else has before.  What I’ve discovered is that I don’t always need to create something new and different from everyone else’s images of a location.  These places are the most photographed _______ for good reason, which is typically the sheer beauty of them.  So why not get there and make some magic.

The Jenne Farm is no exception.  It is the quintessential New England farm – especially in the fall – and I couldn’t be happier with the images I made there, regardless of how similar they may be to others.  Now after saying all that, I was fortunate to have the cows feeding right in front me, which is an added bonus that I haven’t seen in too many other images.  A happy accident I was happy to come across.  Had the cows not been there, however, I would’ve been just as satisfied with the shot.


 

Vermont Foliage From Above

As I’m sure is the case with many photographers, fall in New England is my absolute favorite season.  Both for photography, and for just about everything else.  Cool, crisp air and beautiful foliage makes it an enjoyable time of year to be outside exploring. And Vermont is one of my favorite places to be during the season.  I spent two days in north central Vermont last week taking in as much of it as I possibly could, and came away with some images I’ll be sharing here on the blog.

Some online scouting resulted in the location for today’s image.  It’s a fantastic spot with unbelievable views of Cabot and the surrounding area.  The hike up is reasonably short, but is definitely a bit strenuous, climbing 300-400 feet in elevation over roughly half a mile.  Once at the top, however, the climb up becomes totally worthwhile.  To get this specific vantage point requires standing on a narrow rock ledge with a sheer vertical drop to the forest below, and is definitely not for anyone with a fear of heights.  I had hiked up hoping for a colorful sunset, but unfortunately the clouds were not present that evening.  With that said, the foliage below was stunning (and almost at peak), and the setting sun added some additional interest.  This will definitely be on my list to visit in the future whenever I get back to Vermont.


Autumn Marsh

Although I didn’t get in very much shooting this fall, I did manage to squeeze in a few brief trips around the local area to see what I could find.  This particular marsh area is one I’ve driven by thousands of times, but never stopped to photograph it.  Mainly because it’s on a very busy road, and I’m always going somewhere with no time to stop.

So I finally decided to head over a few weeks ago.  I had to park at a restaurant and walk along the road to get to the spot I wanted, but it was certainly worth it.  The colors were amazing, and there were a few birch tree trunks to provide a little contrast.

I’m once again ending this fall season as I’ve done virtually every year, telling myself… next fall I need to shoot more.  🙂


Fall Desperation

I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m a photographer who lives in New England.   Embarrassed because I have beautiful foliage surrounding me everywhere I look at the moment, and I’ve hardly done any shooting whatsoever to capture any of it.

So feeling desperate after a storm passed the other day, I grabbed my camera and jumped in my car hoping to find foliage inspiration.   I didn’t have the success I was hoping for, but did manage to capture a few shots I liked.  This barn is one of them.

There is still a week or two left of good color, so I’m still hopeful that I’ll get out at least one more time for some more foliage goodness.



Natural Bridge

I’m taking a break from the mill images today, and going back to an image I made this fall.  Most of the shots I captured of Moss Glen Falls in Vermont were wide-angle shots taking in the grandeur of the the entire waterfall, but I did manage to grab a few detail shots as well.  This log that had fallen over a section of the falls caught my eye, and I moved in close to get a tighter view.  I just love long-exposure waterfall shots, whether they’re intimate close-ups like this one, or broad sweeping views.  It’s just me and my best friend, Mr. B+W ND10.


Tree Lined

I’ve really been drawn to tree-lined paths and roads this fall, and have found myself seeking them out quite a bit.  While I haven’t been able to make many images of them that I like, I was able to capture this one at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA.  In addition to the tree-lined dirt road, I was also able to incorporate the welcome center house in the background framed by one of these beautiful trees.

Most of the leaves have fallen now, but overall it was a pretty nice fall season.  I’m saving some colorful foliage images to post in the future on some of the cold and snowy days that unfortunately aren’t too far away.

Have a great weekend.