Since you are going there I'll mention a somewhat awkward situation the happened to me when walking across the field from the fire station to take the pic shown on the first post. I was very careful not to walk over any farmed land but nevertheless a man came out of the house on the left, close to hill and looked at me in a not so friendly way. He had a dog with him and stayed put until I left, looking all the time like he had a peptic ulcer or worse. He would have made a perfect Heathcliff! I have seen the same photo of Peacham so many times over the years that I thought it was ok to go there. I even asked one of the firemen before going into the field and he said "no problem at all, take all the photos you want". He was super friendly and later gave us some tips about going across the road to the cemetery for more pics, but the ogre on the hill left me with an unpleasant feeling.
I got the photo, though.
I have photographed there a few times over the years and have never encountered anyone with a problem. A couple times there were several photographers, tripods, etc. there at the same time and we often arrive early and wait for the light. Again, I haven't noted any problem.
I did hear some grumblings in town once from one of the locals. They are a very small village and I suspect, during 11 months of the year, quiet with few outside visitors. Her comment was she couldn't wait for the leaves to be gone, and the leaf-peepers along with them. I also heard a story about somebody walking through a private yard and even peering in windows of one of the residential homes. As you know, since you have been there, the farm field from which this image is usually made, slopes up a hill to the treeline and there are a couple of residential homes and yards up just the other side of the field. So I totally get that there may be some animosity from some of them.
It is just as likely, however that none of them own the field and there has never been any reports that the owner wants to exclude photographers. Like the fireman said (though he probably didn't have any authority to do so), mostly I have hear it is no problem.
Of course, it is important to respect landowners. I have been there when there were actually growing crops and I was careful to remain up around the tree line and not traipse through the field. Usually it has had a corn crop and usually by October, has been harvested, so you really aren't doing any damage to be on it then.
Of all my trips there, I have never been when I would consider it "peak." It has usually seemed a bit early and undeveloped. One problem is that the various species so often experience leaf drop at different times, so finding the "riot" of color - while possible - is a challenge. Of all my trips there, I think my best "take" was my first trip there, in 2005, even though the color was not very good anywhere in the state that year.[img]https://www.lightcentricphotography.com ... /i-2s5kWGq[/img]
If it sounds too good to be true, its probably . . . .
Since I've been going to Vermont, I have never had any discomfort with townsfolk taking pictures but again, I never ventured off a roadway. Plus, I've mostly been in my friends' VT cars so that may have stymied any situations...………
I do recall someone from this forum a few years back claiming he was harassed on Kelly Stand Road by folks living out there in some of the more remote sections. Just be careful and extremely respectful at all times.
It was a weird season though.
Fall is approaching, get ready everyone! However, this year we won't be able to come to Vermont from Philly, because our first daughter was born a month ago... Hopefully next year!
P.S. I love my sons as well!