I just returned from 10 days in New England; taking in the spectacular fall foliage in New Hampshire, a quick stop to catch up with high school classmates in Boston, and visiting with family in New York. It was the longest stretch of silence I have taken on this blog in nearly 6 years, and it was a welcome breather. My self-imposed two-month “hiatus”, which really wasn’t a hiatus, but rather a noticeable slowdown in entries, is nearly coming to an end. I am still unsure whether my next step is to pursue a book or other published media or not. Meanwhile, I am posting a selection of photos from my recent trip while I deal with jetlag… :)
Autumn or Fall is possibly my favorite season of all. I enjoy the brisk temperatures, crystal clear blue skies, the natural light and the promise of the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year). I find the amazing foliage in the Northeast United States (and parts of Canada I would imagine) makes this one of the best regions on the planet to get a “breath of fall”. A few days at the “peak” of the season is truly good for the soul. It makes so much more sense that Fall colors typically run the range of oranges to deep reds, burgundies and purples, given what nature has on display… Drives down sparsely inhabited back roads lead to unexpected vistas of riotous color, sometimes best displayed on hillsides or by dark ponds of water. While I could probably venture to see the pyramids once, I would be more inclined to visit Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine & Massachusetts at the peak of the Fall foliage season a dozen times in my lifetime if I could…
These photos were taken over several days, some sunny, some overcast and a few on days after a mild Nor’easter (a storm similar to a weak typhoon). Maples, oaks and aspens are just some of the trees that turn a tremendous range of colors from yellow to orange to red. And there are lots of other plants and bushes that shed their leaves before the winter comes. A walk through a wooded area alone or with loved ones while admiring the foliage is a simple activity that I enjoy immensely. It sounds boring, but if you have ever been to the Northeast and managed to catch the foliage at their peak, I think you would understand…
The contrast of orange leaves against a stunningly blue sky was spectacular. The winds were gusting up to 30-40 mph on some days so the leaves might just be a blurr… but you get the picture. :)
A small stand of Aspens (I think these are Aspens, with the white trunks, or are they birch?) are just starting to turn and if you have enought trees planted near each other, the burst of yellow leaves is amazing…
What better way to make “paseo” or wander through the back roads or quaint towns than in a nice Range Rover with big windows and a higher vantage point on the road.
I was looking up so often, I had a minor pain in the neck. :)
A private country road, and simple gate.
Marketman at the pond in the Boston commons, where the leaves were just starting to turn, probably a week or two before they got really nice.
Thanks for hanging around everyone. More posts to come soon. But first, an early morning breakfast of corned beef, rice and fried egg. With ketchup. :)