Drought effect on Autumn in New England

My first thoughts on the drought and how it will affect the New England fall colors.

First! Don’t worry be happy!

I’m reading blogs and news reports of the forest services in MA, VT, NH and the general consensus is that depending on where you are this will be a normal or above normal year.

Everybody wearing their fall foliage smiley face?

Ok, deep breath, the drought affects different trees in different ways… (not the solid answer you want right? read on…)

New England fall foliage in Massachusetts
Blue heron fishing in a very dry pond 2012

I know that doesn’t sound good because you have laid out big bucks for your fall foliage vacation.

I hear this a lot, “I’m looking for perfect fall colors and if I’m not guaranteed of perfect colors I’m cancelling” (slight paraphrase).

My advice for someone like this is simple. STAY HOME! It will never be perfect.

I’ve never seen “perfect” fall color everywhere across an entire region. Have I seen “peak” sure but I’ve seen much more wonderful fall colors that doesn’t come close to the mythical “peak”.

The Guildhall grist mill sits on the old Crawford farm homestead. there is a splitrail fence surrounding the property.
The Guildhall gristmill on the Crawford farm

If I find 50% of the trees are at full color, I’m happy, If I find 75% of the trees are at full color, I’m ready to have a heart attack. If I do see an area that does look like “peak”, then I’ve died and gone to heaven…

Just for the record, I’ve seen peak 5% of the past 15+ seasons. I’ve seen 75% of full color about 55% of the same time frame. I’ve seen 50% of full color around 95% of the same time frame.

What to do about my plans?

Well check Jeff_Foliage.com for current updates and leave your questions on the current articles.

Next don’t worry about the fall colors as much as planning to explore and find all the wonderful things to do in New England

I hope this was helpful.. a little šŸ™‚

Jeff Folger

Peacham, a Scenic Vermont village

The Peacham Vermont view

Mention Ā “Vermont village” in a conversation and you could be describing anywhere in Vermont. There are many that fit that description. But if you ask a Vermonter about what they think exemplifiesĀ  a Vermont village, most likely they will answer, Peacham.

Peacham village in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in autumn, showing New England fall foliage
Visit this image on FAA – Peacham, a scenic Vermont Village

There is something about Peacham that draws me back each year. It might be that there is little in the way of business in the town center. Outside of a couple of small stores there is little to indicate much business going on there.

If you spend time there though, you will find that small home businesses are going on. from artist’s galleries to boutique maple producers, folks are being productive. Many people work outside of Peacham in larger neighboring towns. Danville is just the other side of a few hills and there is a college there and a full downtown.

How to find the Peacham view

If you want the Peacham view the go up the church road and park next to the fire company. Then walk across the open field and look back towards the town center… and there you have the Peacham view.

If you want to see my digital painting of the “Peacham view” then click the image below.

Photography Prints

I have more New England fall foliage at this link. and if I don’t have what you are looking for I have several photographer friends that I can ask and see If they do.

If you have any questions about fine art photography, please leave a comment below and if you have a question about New England fall foliage (when and where it shows up) then please feel free to visit my fall foliage website. www.jeff-foliage.com

Jeff "Foliage" FolgerĀ 
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Exploring Fall Foliage in New England

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