The fall colors are an obviously popular part of the New England landscape, and while theres so much hype and they bring in all the tourists, i’ll always admit that it sure is a beautiful time of the years. This is a view from above within the historic Crawford Notch area which is a stretch of some of the most rugged terrain in the Northeast and these tracks used to do the brunt of the passenger transit back when the grand hotels ruled the area in a much different era than now.
With all the strangeness of these virus times we have been living in this summer i’ve put a lot of thought and emphasis into one of my favorite picture projects that i’ve worked on over the past few years, the waterfalls of New England. It’s something I never get tired of doing and in a time when everything about crowds is different than before, these hidden gems are what I think of as my favorite hiding spots within the land. Fall is right around the corner as I type this and I will always remember this rainy autumn morning within the leaf blanketed forests of Stowe when I made this picture.
The old and worn in architecture and surrounding landscape of the Woodstock area make for some of New England’s finest scenery, and this farmhouse has all the elements of tradition within it’s construction. Shutters and fireplaces and even some swans as an entryway greeting, this old home is everything that I think of when picturing New England living.
It’s the time of the year where it feels like summer flew by, and from the looks of things in Vermont just a few days ago, fall is here. The colors descend upon the Vermont landscape a bit sooner than elsewhere in New England with the cooler temperatures around the Green Mountain landscape, and this barn and birch tree sure had it all for an early autumn landscape scene. It’s one of my favorite times of the year within the landscape, and catching the scenery while still vibrant but changing at the same time is one of my favorite times for making pictures around here.
There is so much to love within the rugged and vintage landscape of Vermont and when I am up there I find myself driving from spot to spot with a limitless availability of spots to explore. The history and tradition of the barns nested on the lands is fascinating as well as pivotal to our history here in the New England area, and while most of the barns have a weather beaten and worn in look to them, it’s precisely why they shine with so much architectural beauty and they have become a staple of the landscape of the area.
The machines and equipment that help farmers create a successful harvest of the land deserve all the appreciation in the world. This International 1066 tractor has probably seen at least 50 winters come and looks ready for many more years to come. They are a staple of the New England farm landscape and this one was parked with a stunning barn backdrop atop the green grassland’s before the colder days settle in soon.
As autumn approaches the harvesting of fields has been in full swing within the rolling hills of Vermont, and I was lucky to catch some of the field work going on finishing up the production of hay for the winter months. This late afternoon scene had a farmer running a John Deere tedder along the green hills with shades of fall foliage beginning to appear on the surround trees.
Barns and farms are just so beautiful in both form and function and they are one of the hallmarks of the New England landscape. Vermont has a whole bunch of them range wildly in age yet almost always have a cool story behind them, they are the essence of a construction that has seen a lot of stuff and made a difference within our local communities as centerpieces of the farmland. This one was shining in all it’s glory in late day sunshine and made for a classic New England scene.
Working within the landscape of Vermont this summer has surely been one of my highlights of the past few months. As much as people feel magnetized by the autumn colors, I have say that personally I feel the full of life feeling that the landscape has within the summer months is probably my favorite season. I did a lot of land and farm scenery during my travels, and there were several days that had morning light more magical than my own dreams of landscape imagery.
Summer mornings in New England have a special quality of light to them especially with the warm days of summertime. I was out exploring a few days ago and came upon this scene of stark contrast between the rising sun and layers of cloud inversions within the valley’s of Vermont. The contrast between the darkness and light was striking and provided a summer scene filled with mood and attitude.