In doing some reconnaissance online, i've been looking at some vermont photos and then trying to figure out where people were standing when they took them. I found several nice pics of Peacham, but noticed that they all appeared to be taken in a field on private property.
For example, these photos appear to be taken from somewhere in this field (https://goo.gl/maps/pSRHSixgCMU2)
https://500px.com/photo/70603073/pink-m ... blanchette
https://500px.com/photo/85622339/rural- ... blanchette
https://500px.com/photo/116897877/cow-u ... blanchette
https://500px.com/photo/244731857/moonl ... wayne-rene
https://500px.com/photo/218538863/a-pic ... hotography
Is this common in Vermont? In Texas, you would have the cops called on you for trespassing. I noticed even in Kaplan's yellow book, there are some photo locations where he tells you to walk across a field (Corinth, if i remember correctly).
I don't think we'll make it up there to Peacham, but my curiosity was getting to me.
Unfortunately, the masses seem to have forgotten manners and courtesy in many instances, as we are beginning to see more and more on our travels virtually everywhere in the world. I overheard one of the Peacham residents talking to another in the store a couple years back, saying she couldn't wait until the foliage was gone (and the tourists too). She recounted how a couple of viewers walked through her back yard (which I learned from her after engaging her in conversation, was up behind the field we are talking about), and walked right up and looked into her windows. Really?
My feeling has always been, when in doubt, ask permission, or just don't go there.
BTW, Margie, you are basically right about being within your rights to photograph the sunflower field from the public road. The only thing that would be "protected" would be copyrighted materials (like architecture) in some very limited instances, and persons' rights to privacy. Even then, the copyright issue isn't one of prohibition to photograph. it is what you do with it afterward. I have a really nice image of the NBC building in Chicago. One of my favorites. But I don't believe I could ever sell or license it because the NBC logo is such a prominent part of the image. But there was certainly nothing to stop me from making the photograph legally.
Americans can be very protective of their property. So again, use common sense. I would have done just as you did. I cannot think of a photo that is worth the grief
If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .