The last of the Autumn foliage

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 by admin  | Comments (2)

We are well into stick season in Central Vermont. However as I travel into the valley areas, particularly in the western part of the state, I'm still finding remnants of the Fall colors. For the most part though, the hills have transformed to umber, dappled with dark green, burnt orange and occasional splashes of brilliant gold.

Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I find the cool crisp air invigorating, and while autumn signifies the beginning of the end of the cycle of life, I've always felt a sense of excitement. Perhaps for what lies ahead; holidays, Winter, which since I started skiing as a child I've always loved, followed by new beginnings, the new year and the coming of Spring.

This year, I set out to get as much out of the foliage season as possible. By starting out in the Northeast Kingdom, working my way through the Champlain Valley into the southern part of the state, I managed to photograph 40 towns during this year's month long foliage season.

Since I started coming to Vermont on a regular basis eighteen years ago, I've grown to appreciate Vermont during all of the seasons. While I used to avoid visiting during the months of November and April, living here year-round, I've grown to appreciate Vermont's other two seasons; stick season and mud season. As a photographer, I've always believed that weather and seasons notwithstanding, there's always something interesting to photograph. So for me, this project is about holding myself to that challenge. And while I wish I could photograph every Vermont town in the Fall, I'm looking forward to shifting my focus to all of the seasons of Vermont's landscape.

Comments (2)

  1. Loren Danaher:
    Oct 31, 2012 at 06:57 PM

    Great site and an original idea that I hope to eventually see in book form. I'm intrigued by Stick season - I knew Vermont had five seasons (winter, mud, spring, a summer that is short, but not too snowy, and fall), but this one is new!


  2. mike:
    Dec 27, 2012 at 04:53 AM

    Good luck Melanie! Ambitious sure, but why not?
    Will you be canoeing or cycling on any segments of your tour?
    Yes, fall is a special season, but they are all unique - safe journeys to you.
    Cheers from Royalton,


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