On October 1, I left for New England for my third week-long fall foliage photography trip to Vermont in the past 10 years. I may be a jinx on Vermont foliage. In 2005, I cajoled my best friend, and fellow photographer, Rich to drive with me for the week. I had promised him for years that as good as our Northern Michigan fall color is, New England would “blow it away.” We have a governor here in Michigan who made that promise, too. Sadly, neither of us have been able to deliver. In 2005, color essentially never happened. The numerous Vermonters I know assure me it was the worst year ever. I went again in 2006 and while much better than 2005, it was still a lackluster year, with a strange tendency for early Maple leaf drop. 2007, I understand was incredible, as was 2009. So I headed East in 2010 with proverbial “great expectations.”
Once again, Mother Nature decided to test my resolve. Due to a variety of conditions, Vermont (indeed, it seems the whole Northeastern United States, from Minnesota to Maine, with the possible exception of the Adirondack region of New York) experience unusually early turning of the foliage and rapid and early leaf drop.
Fortunately, however, there were numerous pockets of good foliage. And with a little work, I was able to find some of it. With a network of friends and the help of the Scenes Of Vermont Foliage Forum, I chased the color around the state.