I've been in Vermont in October in each of the last 7 years and this is clearly the best color I've seen.
I think the color of the leaves for all the different trees have reached the far end of each of their color spectrum for sure! Just taking a walk around my neighborhood this early evening, I have seen apricots, pinks, pumpkin oranges, scarlet, bright yellow and more. This is mother nature at her best!
A year to be reckoned with!
Have a great trip!
We did take some detours from I89. Stopped in Sharon but the church there was being renovated with scaffolding around the steeple. We went to the Quechee Gorge which was OK but a lot of leaves had fallen from the trees. Our best photo op was at the Calvin Coolidge State Park. The color was very good except that it was almost exclusively yellow. Few reds or oranges.
The color in Southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut was still pretty good.
I will be done working in Hartford by 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. My wife arrives in Manchester, NH at 5:00 and I am on vacation. I'm still hopeful that there will be some good color along the Maine coast.
I know Andy and Carol are thinking about doing Maine next year so here are some suggestions. First, go to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and buy the book "The Photographer's Guide to the Maine Coast" This is a book by David Middleton. That book led me to all kinds of places I wouldn't have found on my own. It is an absolute must.
The Bass Harbor Light area was great. Not only the lighthouse but the rocky coast there generated some great photo ops and we ate at Thurston's in Bernard, on the other side of the bay from Bass Harbor. A great place to eat fresh lobster. I got some really nice shots at the little village of New Harbor. I added a couple of photos from there to my site. One of some colorful ropes and another of a wharf.
I know this is the Vermont site so if any of you want to continue this conversation, just send me an e-mail.
What I glean from my research is that you could spend a lifetime photographing in Maine and still not scratch the surface. I'll have a week. We'll hope for good weather.
It is a Vermont site, but we all have a common bond - we all love Vermont and those of us who don't live there, travel there whenever we are able. I would be glad to entertain photos and discussions by the members here of all of their photographs and photographic travels over on the photography site. I know there is a way to tie them to Vermont -- if not for "compare and contrast" purposes.
If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .