Helpful Travel Stories
Vermont's Fall Foliage
Reprinted courtesy of the Vermont
Chamber of Commerce
Get the Picture
Fall foliage in Vermont is most effected by the length of daylight.
As the end of August approaches the day light hours get shorter
and in turn signal the trees to slow the production of chlorophyll.
The yellow, orange and red colors which were always present in
the leaves are revealed as the dominant green breaks down. Beeches
and elms turn yellow, sugar maples change orange and red, and ashes
and hickory show red or purple. This in combination with unique
rolling hills and valleys result in the spectacular color found
only in Vermont.
The usual peak foliage viewing occurs from the last week in September
through the Columbus Day weekend. Peak viewing begins on the Canadian
border and progresses South.
Vermont's fall foliage is a phenomenon that simply begs to be photographed.
Here are some tips to make sure your shots will capture some of
the magic that occurs across the state each autumn.
Fall Foliage Photo Tips
The vistas are stunning in real life, but don't always carry over
the same to a 4X6 print. Often the most evocative images of fall
are close-ups: a single leaf against a contrasting background,
pumpkins on a wooden wagon, cornstalks against a red barn.
Pick Your Spot and Get Lost
It seems that great vantage points for photos are everywhere you
turn in Vermont. But just a few extra steps can reward you with
an out-of-this-world shot. Go off the beaten path and discover
something new. Vermont is full of backwoods that lead to amazing
scenery, and amazing people. Check with locals for pockets where
the colors are particularly vibrant.
Don't Put Your Camera Away
In addition to the magic hour, the best times for shooting the
autumn colors is when its cloudy and/or rainy. While the sky may
be dark and dreary, you will notice that all the colors really
pop out. Some of the richest color can be found when leaves are
wet, standing out in front of dark, wet tree trunks. It's also
smart to keep your camera handy at all times, because you never
know when a great photo opportunity will present itself.
Break the Rules
Rules are made to be broken. While these tips should help you on
your way to better photographs, sometimes doing something altogether
different or "wrong" will produce the best and most creative results.
Most important is to let your creative juices flow and have fun!
"Photo Tips" courtesy of www.VermontVacation.com
Information provided by Bruce Amsden.