My foliage run started early this year with mixed up dates for the Vermonster. It was too early for the fall colors in the area but fun talking pictures anyway.
I had a turkey encounter when taking pictures of this round barn. The side of the road is around 8 feet higher than the field with a narrow path between the bank and a wire fence. I went down the bank standing next to the post when these turkeys came down the bank and walked right up to me. Only a couple feet away! The Tom’s came to the front of the line, puffed up and spread their tail feathers. Was that a threat?? I think they felt I was blocking their path to the field. I took a couple more pictures and moved back a bit. They seemed happy about that and continued to the field …
The following Saturday I had CERT training. Late that afternoon I connected with Mike, Rick, Steve, Doug, Adam, and Frank in Vermont for dinner. My plan was to stay the night, get up early, and take pictures.
The next morning … rain, overcast, grey and white sky … blah ... I thought there would have been more color in the area. Guess I was still too far south. AND WHERE IS THE SUN AND THE BLUE SKY???
One of the roads I was going to take was closed from bad flooding the month before so I took a different route. I ended up in Bethel, VT and thought I would make my way to Woodstock. Driving the back roads for a couple hours I got turned around and actually ended up back in Bethel. A big loop was not what I had planned. Guess I should have done the GPS thing!! I took the highway south heading toward Woodstock when the rain came down. At that point I decided to head home.
After another weekend of uncooperative weather it finally happened. The colors popped in the area, sun, and blue sky. Up at 5:15AM on Saturday and headed out staying in southern New Hampshire. I took my tripod so I could experiment with low light. The colors of the subjects are very different at low light and long exposures. Once the sun came up I continued my drive.
I stopped at Monson Village on my way home for a quick 2 mile hike. As I was speaking to Russ, this juvenile Red-Tail Hawk came in low from the field landing in a nearby tree. I saw it coming in. I must be rusty from not having a camera for a few months as I stood there watching instead of taking pictures. Russ had just mowed the field making it easier to hunt for mice.
I continued my walk to the beaver pond. The empty Heron nest had a pretty backdrop. On the way back I spotted the Red- Tail again in the corner of the field disappearing into the woods. If I had more time I would have liked to sit and wait for another sighting. I love Fall Foliage in New England …