Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Autumn Colors


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The rain is pounding the roof again tonight as I think back about yesterday afternoon's trip with Alex and Karl the Wonder Dog, looking at foliage from some of our favorite vantage points. Foliage this year has been about a week earlier than usual but as spectacular as I can ever remember. The colors have been so vivid that you don't want to leave one point of view for the next.

Alex and I had dedicated a couple hours to be with Karl and travel around but I was late getting back from work and we had to modify our schedule a little. We headed down to Osmore Pond in hopes of spotting a moose along the way but the trip was mooseless. The pond was as beautiful as ever but quiet this time with no loons to be seen or heard.

We back tracked to the village for some gas and a soda and headed up past the waterfalls and onto the Lanesboro Road. This is a favorite with us--the old Montpelier to Wells River, Vermont Railroad, thrown up in the early 50's and now an excellent place to drive, enjoy the scenery and the wildlife which abounds. We stopped at Marshfield Pond which I photograph several times a

year. This is a small kettle pond surrounded by some great wildflowers in spring and lots of life the rest of the year. The granite head wall on the back is still on my list of things to hike to but I still haven't made it.

We exited the road at the corner of Lanesboro and Ethan Allen Corner and then drove part way up Owl's Head and then home. The foliage was something we didn't want to leave but evening chores beckoned.


The predominant tree in these photos is the maple. There are red maples, sugar maples and some Norway maples but all are colorful. As the leaves of these trees fall around our house, I use the leaf vac to pick them up and shred them for next year's gardens. Maples have a very long root system and they store important minerals in the leaves. In the spring I'll spread an inch or so on all the new gardens at our nursery and begin the process of improving our garden beds, a little at a time.


Writing from the mountain above Peacham Pond where day time visitors from around the world will stop and click photos of fall foliage so they can talk about it forever. Vermont is a great state and it always looks better on the return trip. Come visit!

Best autumn wishes,

George Africa
The Vermont Gardener

Vermont Flower Farm
Vermont Gardens


10 comments:

garden girl said...

Breathtaking!

Beautiful photos of my favorite season.

joey said...

How lovely, George ~ stunning photos. Just returned from a tour of (beginning to peak)breathtaking northern Michigan.

Becky said...

Thank you once again for sharing your "spot in time" with this Iowa gardener. Alas, we don't have much but cornfields to see on our walks, so we make sure we head up to the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota for sparkling lakes and gorgeous foliage, as often as possible.

However, one can find the subtle beauty in an Iowa autumn, but it takes patience and practice.

Becky said...

Thank you once again for sharing your "spot in time" with this Iowa gardener. Alas, we don't have much but cornfields to see on our walks, so we make sure we head up to the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota for sparkling lakes and gorgeous foliage, as often as possible.

However, one can find the subtle beauty in an Iowa autumn, but it takes patience and practice.

Shady Gardener said...

Hello! You have shared some beautiful photographs. :-) I have always loved oriental poppies.

Enjoy your fall!! I'll return to view more of Vermont.

Dave said...

Those are some spectacular shots of your countryside. The lakes and mountains are beautiful!

JCharlier said...

I passed up a chance to go to visit friends outside of Stowe for a trip to the Bahamas next week The foliage won't be better, but the snorkeling will.

tina said...

I just got back to Tennessee from Maine and I will have to agree your New England colors are extra brilliant and beautiful! Much nicer than in my neck of the woods. Love those maples. Thanks for the great pictures, I bet in person it was awe inspiring.

Nancy J. Bond said...

A sea of brilliant maples -- how lovely! Thanks for sharing this colorful trip with us.

Sarah Laurence said...

Lovely photos! New Hampshire looks quite like Maine. It's grey and wet here today too. Glad to find your blog through Dave.