The Foliage is in full swing in Northern Vermont. In some sections of the Northeast Kingdom (NEK) is it the best anyone can remember in years. I started my annual end of September trek to the NEK on Friday the 28th and stayed in St. Johnsbury. St. Johnsbury is a good location to start if your goal is see most of the NEK. The reports are correct, the color in sections is outstanding. The reds are very vibrant this year and all species of trees seem to be peaking at the same time, which is important. The best color right now is east of route 100 and north of route 2 although the color is spreading fast with most of the state reporting colors about a week early that average.
My problem was the weather, for most of September the weather has been perfect for good color foliage development – warm sunny days and cool crisp nights. That changed as soon as I arrived. All my time was spent in rain and lots of thick fog, this makes for tough photography conditions. The rain is challenging for my equipment and the fog makes for very bright conditions and the dreaded “white sky” in all the photos. A bright white sky can flatten vibrant colors in a photograph and rob it of its punch. Both my equipment and myself did the best we could with the situation at hand. At least I got to see great color. It is my hope that these wonderful colors will develop in the central and southern parts of the state over the next week to 10 days.