Report from this weekend in the NEK

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Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby abby » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:13 pm

The colors are coming along very nicely in parts of the NEK. I just got home from a very relaxing weekend with my husband and two of our friends. This wasn't a photography weekend, so the pictures that I am posting are just record shots to show you how the colors are looking.
The weather was beautiful. It was crisp, cool, and mostly sunny.

Saturday late morning we left our home in Barton and headed for Newport. The colors in Barton are coming along nicely. The colors look good ......I'd say about a 25-30% color change in Barton.....and by the end of this week into next weekend should be peak and vibrant. Lots of reds are starting to show and even at this early stage they are not looking to be muted. I think we are in for a vibrant season up in the NEK.

Here is Irasburg....just a quick shot out of the car window....on our way to Newport. There was still some of the glorious morning fog dancing in the air. I didn't add saturation or increase the colors because I want these pictures to give you an accurate example of the colors. I personally feel that although they are early, they are really coming along very nicely.

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We also stopped in Coventry. The colors in Coventry were pretty impressive. They are still early, but at some places I would say there was a decent color change. Here is the Orne Covered Bridge. Notice the good colors beginning to pop on the hillside behind the barn.

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Here is a beautiful hillside which had some beautiful color. This was not the norm........but every now and then we would see some excellent color such as this. Colors not enhanced, but I did adjust the contrast because these were taken in the bright almost mid day sun. Again, this was taken in Coventry.

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The color in Newport/Lake Memphremagog are very early. Maybe only about 10% color change.

We then headed to Wheeler Pond in Barton which is usually one of the first places for decent color change. Colors are coming along nicely here.

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From here we went to the Fall Foliage Festival in East Burke, which is always a fun time. The colors in East Burke are maybe 20-25% changed. We had a fun time at the festival......we arrived there around 2 PM and the weather was starting to become mostly cloudy and the temperature felt like it was dropping. There was a chill in the air for sure. From there, we went home, started a fire in the wood stove, and just enjoyed our company.

This morning, Sunday Sept 25th........I got up early and headed out by myself before sunrise. My car thermometer showed an external temperature of 34 degrees, and there were some areas of frost that I saw as I drove around. I went up to May Pond in Barton and got this just as the sun was rising. These colors are not enhanced. The warm morning light of the rising sun was just hitting this hillside. I was very impressed with the colors above May Pond!!

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The colors down at pond level were very early however.

After breakfast we headed up and over Hinton Hill Road in Westmore. Saw some very good color along this road.

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Colors in Brighton, East Haven and Newark along Rtes 114 and Rte 105 are coming along very very nicely. Some pockets of at least 40-50 % color change, and the colors look good!

This was shot through the car windshield.....but just want you to know the colors in person in this area look better than this picture shows.

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My impression: The NEK is coming along nicely. It's a little late this year, but as long as the weather cooperates, it should be peaking next weekend, in my opinion. The Lyndonville and St Johnsbury areas are not as far along as some of the areas that I mentioned just North of there. Trees look healthy and if things continue, I think it should be a beautiful vibrant season up in the NEK!!!!!

Carol


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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby ctyanky » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:38 pm

Carol! This is one amazing report! Loved your narrative and photos! Things are going to be great up there and I'm so looking forward to spending a week with you tooling around! This gives everyone hope that the foliage will rebound after this hard freeze tonight and the NEK is going to be awesome. See you a week from tomorrow in the late morning. Are you going up Sunday then, a week from today? Hugs, CT (I should say Louise, if that's who I am this trip! :mrgreen:)

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby abby » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:46 pm

Hi Louise,
Yes, I am working next weekend and will head up to VT as soon as I get out of work at 2:00 Sunday afternoon. I'll see you up there when you arrive on Monday morning. Don't be late........Thelma and Louise are going to hit the road as soon as you arrive. :D I will allow you to have a bathroom break but don't get too comfortable in the house. :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:
Looking forward to the adventures that await us.
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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby From_the_NEK » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:59 pm

Great report Carol. I concur with all of it. The widespread frost last should set up near peak or peak in some areas by this coming weekend. It looks like you and CT are going to have great conditions next week. :)

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby ctyanky » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:26 am

Geez Louise Carol (oh, that's me.... :? ). Do I have time to bring in my luggage at least? And put my stuffed moose on my bed pillow? :mrgreen:

Tim: I hope you can join Thelma and Louise on part of their journey! It would be great to meet you and I know you would have fun! Can you manage to slip away for a bit? I brought my magazine where you got the spread and was hoping for an autograph! :)

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby From_the_NEK » Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:07 pm

ctyanky wrote:Geez Louise Carol (oh, that's me.... :? ). Do I have time to bring in my luggage at least? And put my stuffed moose on my bed pillow? :mrgreen:

Tim: I hope you can join Thelma and Louise on part of their journey! It would be great to meet you and I know you would have fun! Can you manage to slip away for a bit? I brought my magazine where you got the spread and was hoping for an autograph! :)


I'm looking into taking all or at least part of next Wednesday off to wander around taking photos. If you two are out chasing color I'd love to meet up if you are in the area.

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby Utah Baker » Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:29 pm

Thanks for the pictures Carol, looking good! Have a wonderful time you two, sooo looking forward to your reports. And pictures,pictures, pictures!!! :D

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby ctyanky » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:30 pm

Hey Janice, I'm really sorry I will miss you again this year! Carol has quite a schedule for me for the week. I'm exhausted just listening to her. She is letting me lounge one morning only to get on the road at 9 for breakfast. I'm so grateful! :shock: I love watching her in her element, shooting away! We are going to Dog Mountain in St. J's before I leave and I'm very excited as I have never been there. Other than that we are tooling about the back roads here, there and everywhere in the NEK. Thelma and Louise are in for quite a week and we will post daily on our excursions. Stay tuned!

Tim: We are in Killington on Wednesday. Carol will fill you in on the schedule when she pops in here. I just know I'm going on the Killington Gondola if weather permits. The last three years it either rained, was fogged in or closed for construction! I have only 2 lift rids left out of 8 in my bucket list and I truly want this to happen! :D

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Postby abby » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:53 pm

Janice: I'm sorry I will miss you too. One of these years I'm hoping we can meet in person.

Tim: Yes, CT is correct. We have a full day planned for Wednesday, and you are welcome to join us if you would like to. We will be leaving Barton around 5:30 am and heading to Leffert's Pond in Chittenden where we will be meeting up with some forum members......(bm, and MMVT) From there we will hit some of the high back roads in the area for some views, and then make our way up to Killington for the rest of the day. It certainly would be a good chance for you to meet some of the regulars here on the forum if you decide to join us. If not, perhaps you could join me on Friday evening for a Milky Way shoot in the NEK? CT will have gone by then so it would just be me. Keep me posted on your thoughts on any of this, ok?
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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby ctyanky » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:12 pm

Leaving at 5:30????? I thought we were getting "up" at 5:30. The roosters are not even up yet then! Oh dear. I hope you have breakfast treats, coffee and a pillow waiting for me in the car and the heated seats going. (I have a blanket packed). I'm not sure how far you will get in helping me become a changed woman, but I'll try. :roll: Just poke me when the sun rises. :lol:

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Postby abby » Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:18 pm

ctyanky wrote:Leaving at 5:30????? I thought we were getting "up" at 5:30. The roosters are not even up yet then! Oh dear. I hope you have breakfast treats, coffee and a pillow waiting for me in the car and the heated seats going. (I have a blanket packed). I'm not sure how far you will get in helping me become a changed woman, but I'll try. :roll: Just poke me when the sun rises. :lol:


Trust me. You will survive. :lol: You're going to love seeing the sun rise. :wink:
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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby ctyanky » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:59 pm

Is this the day we are going to hear the call of the loons at May Pond? I'm trying to kill two birds with one stone. Meaning, one 5:30 rising may be all I can take! :shock:

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Postby abby » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:09 pm

ctyanky wrote:Is this the day we are going to hear the call of the loons at May Pond? I'm trying to kill two birds with one stone. Meaning, one 5:30 rising may be all I can take! :shock:


Oh Jeeze. I forgot I promised you that we would do that. No, it won't be on that day because I want to go directly to Lefferts Pond for the good light. Won't have time to go to May Pond that morning. We can possibly fit it in on Thursday morning before we go to Jeffersonville/Cambridge areas for the day. We could leave the house by 6:30. OR..........we can go there on Friday morning. Let's see how things play out ok?

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby Kerry29 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:44 pm

FWIW, I saw two different pairs of loons today, one duo this morning in the splash pool below Smalls Falls, about 15 miles south of Rangeley, Maine, and the other this afternoon at Sandy River Pond. If the AM pairing called out it was inaudible given the noise from the falls, but the two at SRP absolutely let out their mournful call, multiple times. It was quite an idyllic experience. It's not the first time I've seen loons, but it was the first time I've heard their call.

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Re: Report from this weekend in the NEK

Postby ctyanky » Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:24 am

Hi Kerry! I just got goosebumps reading that you heard their mournful call. I hope the experience works out for me as well! Glad you got to hear them for the first time.



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