2016 Autumn Season, White Mountains – Today’s blog article is just a quick update on the autumn foliage here in the New Hampshire White Mountains. As the autumn season approached this year, some weather gurus were suggesting that it could be an off year for foliage in New England. Though the foliage seems to be behind this year in the White Mountains, this autumn season has turned out to be an excellent one. The foliage is incredible this year!
I have spent most of this week (October 3-7) in the field photographing the autumn foliage. Many areas in the White Mountains region, such as Carroll, Crawford Notch, Pinkham Notch, and the Zealand area are at peak right now. Franconia Notch and the Kancamagus Scenic Byway are also looking excellent. The real surprise this year is how vibrant the colors are. The reds are dominating most of the landscape.
East Branch of the Pemigewasset River – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Northeast Foliage season is in full swing – The New Hampshire White Mountains region is exploding with color! Every corner of the region is displaying color, so much it is overwhelming. The roads have been bumper to bumper with leaf peepers, and every scenic pull off is jammed packed with vehicles. If you are looking to get away from the crowds, exploring one of the Northeast's backroads may be you best bet.
I can not wait to see what the foliage looks like on a bright sunny day! We have not seen the sun for the last five days, and all shooting has been done in rain, fog and overcast conditions. Though the cloud cover has been a great natural diffuser, it is time for the sun. I would also like to dry off my rain gear at some point.
Lincoln Woods Suspension Bridge – Lincoln, New Hampshire
September 22, 2012 – Autumn season officially starts today! The colors of the season are starting to appear here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It is not peak foliage yet, but photographers visiting the region will have no problem finding something to shoot. Here are six locations I have photographed over the years you may want to consider for your foliage photographic journey.
It won't be long before New England is exploding with color! Here is a slideshow to get you in the mood for the autumn foliage season. If you prefer to view the above images in a gallery layout click here.
Will it be an excellent foliage season or a poor one is usually the topic of discussion around this time of year? Its fun reading all the predictions of when peak will be. Some experts are right on while others are way off. Though peak does fluctuate from year to year, I find September 30 – October 7 the best time photograph the foliage in the White Mountains region.
Some of the maples are starting to change here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but for the most part it is still very early. Appearance wise, the trees look a lot better right now than they did when Tropical Storm Irene came through in 2011. I think it is going to be a great foliage season!
Photographers planning to visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire only for peak foliage season should keep your camera gear packed and ready because when peak does arrive, more than likely it will not last long. The areas I suggest photographing are Crawford Notch, Franconia Notch and Pinkham Notch. All three locations offer excellent photo opportunities.
Week of October 10, 2011:
By now I am sure every photographer in New England is aware that the autumn foliage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is very spotty this year. The good news is foliage scenes can be found, it just requires the photographer to work a little harder than past years and venture off the everyday beaten paths.
Week of October 3, 2011:
Here is a slideshow of autumn foliage from around the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Even though the color is off and looks beat up this year from Tropical Storm Irene, some nice scenes still can be found.
I am not going to attempt to explain what is happening with this year's foliage, but will say it is very "off" when compared to other autumn seasons. Click on any image to view a lager preview.
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