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07 Oct 2010

Vermont weather clears and foliage puts on a pretty show

A farm in Woodstock, Vermont is surrounded by colorful fall foliage. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A farm in Woodstock, Vermont is surrounded by colorful fall foliage.

The clouds and rain finally cleared this afternoon and I found a couple of new locations to photograph the fall foliage. I headed south from Woodstock to the town of Reading. Right on the border I saw this nice little farm tucked away on a small dirt road. I’ve driven past there many times but I hadn’t noticed it before. The light was right, so I stopped.

Colorful fall foliage covers the hills of Reading, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Colorful fall foliage covers the hills of Reading, Vermont.

I like foliage reflected in water, so I headed for a pond I haven’t been to. It was nice but the foliage wasn’t good, so I drove north on a dirt road. I wasn’t seeing much until I popped out of the trees and headed up a hill. Off to the right was a spectacular view of the region. It was nearly a 180-degree view. There was a small house sitting in the perfect spot. I’d cut off my left pinky to live there. The sunrise must be incredible.

Colorful fall foliage covers the hills of Reading, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Colorful fall foliage covers the hills of Reading, Vermont.

I was there over an hour waiting for the light to be right for the shot I wanted. There were lots of clouds and the shadows were bad most of the time. At one point I could see rain falling in the distant hills and the sun was shining on me. The light was constantly changing and made every picture look different.

05 Oct 2010

Red Vermont barns look good on a cloudy day

Yellow ferns grow in front or a red barn in Queechee, Vermont (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Yellow ferns grow in front or a red barn in Queechee, Vermont.

It was another cloudy Vermont day. There are people who say that taking pictures of colorful foliage when it is cloudy gives you good color saturation. That doesn’t fly with me. Sunshine makes for better photos. But I’m not going to see the sun shine for a couple of days so I’ll concentrate on other things. There is plenty in Vermont to shoot. Like barns.

A final autumn leaf holds on to a maple tree in Pomfret, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A final autumn leaf holds on to a maple tree in Pomfret, Vermont.

After photographing the barn, I went to my favorite tract in Pomfret. It is owned by a neighbor in Woodstock and I’ve been given permission to hike it anytime. There is a large stand of evergreen trees, so I hiked through there. It is pretty hilly and I was walking in deep needles and leaves. It was very soft and I could feel a good strain on my calves when climbing the hills. I saw a maple tree mixed in with the evergreens. One lone leaf clung to a branch. Even though most trees still have plenty of leaves, this tree is done for the season.

03 Oct 2010

Misty morning makes for nice Vermont photos

A cow waits to get into the barn at sunrise on a misty autumn morning in Woodstock, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A cow waits to get into the barn at sunrise on a misty autumn morning in Woodstock, Vermont.

When I got up this morning, there was a rather heavy fog covering Woodstock, Vermont. It happens fairly often in the fall, the fog seems to lay in through the valley that surrounds the village. Usually when I head east toward the Conneticut River, it gets worse. It isn’t the fun, pretty kind of fog, it is fairly high and pretty much just blocks the sun.

The sun rises on Fletcher Hill Road in Woodstock, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

The sun rises on Fletcher Hill Road in Woodstock, Vermont.

Today I went west and south hoping to escape the heavy fog. As I drove up some hills, I got away from the worst of the fog. As the sun was coming up shooting through the trees. I stopped along a dirt road for a nice scene and then came upon a farm on top of a hill.

Fog settles into the valley at sunrise below a farm in Woodstock, Vt. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Fog settles into the valley at sunrise below a farm in Woodstock, Vt.

There was a large barn and cows out in the field as misty fog floated in the hills. One of the cows was wanting to get in the barn and stopped to see what I was doing or she wanted to pose for some photos. Either way, she made some nice shots.

After I was done with the cows, I was standing along the road to see if the fog in the valley would make a photo. I thought being on a dirt road in the middle of Vermont would be lonely, but three other photographers showed up. They were nice and one, Judy Lombardi, is from Vermont and she was happy to tell me some other places that make nice photos.

19 Aug 2010

What’s good: Rolling with the fog

A horse looks out into the early morning fog from his stall in a Pomfret, Vermont, barn. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

A horse looks out into the early morning fog from his stall in a Woodstock, Vermont, barn.

It is never easy for me to get out of bed before the sun rises, but I know that is when I can make the best pictures. So I rolled out this morning and did my usual check of the sky to see if there any clouds. All clear, so I headed out along the Ottaquechee River in search of great light. I could see some fog in the distance and thought that could make good photos. The fog got heavier and by the time the sun was due to break through, I couldn’t see anything but fog. Sometimes it is hard for me to change gears, I was expecting and wanting a brilliant sunrise, but I got fog. I drove down a small dirt road that dead-ended at a farm. I didn’t see anything that made a good photo but I could hear coyotes crying in the valley. The fog carried the sound across the valley and up the hill. I couldn’t see them, but the sound was fun. About a mile away I saw a horse looking out of his barn into the fog. I didn’t get my pretty sunrise shot, but I like the horse.

16 Aug 2010

What’s good: A rafter of turkeys

Turkeys walk through a meadow in Woodstock, Vermont. (Loren Fisher/LorenPhotos.com)

Turkeys walk through a meadow in Woodstock, Vermont.

I was just thinking yesterday that I hadn’t photographed wild turkeys lately and I hadn’t seen any for a while. After a couple of morning thunderstorms, I went out searching for photos. Rain must bring out the turkeys because I saw five or six rafters of turkeys in fields. They were grazing in the fields, it looked like they were getting plenty of insects after the big rains.

18 Jul 2010

What’s good: A field of sunflowers

A fleld of sunflowers near Flemington, NJ

Another heatwave settled into New Jersey, so I went looking for sunflowers. Several years ago I saw a field of them while riding my bicycle in Hunterdon County, so I went there. The field has corn in it this year but across the street were sunflowers! I thought sunflowers followed the sun across the sky, but all them were pointed away from the sun. Maybe they don’t like heatwaves either.

18 Jul 2010

Alaska photo adventure slideshow


Alaska – Images by Loren Fisher

These are some of my favorite photos from my trip to Alaska.

14 Jul 2010

What’s good: Sandhill cranes bid us goodbye from Alaska

Sandhill cranes in Fairbanks, Alaska

After eight days of fun and awe in Alaska, it is time to head home. Our last stop was the Creamer’s Field State Wildlife Sanctuary in Fairbanks. The preserve is known as a haven for sandhill cranes after their migration to their summer home. Cranes like open fields, like airports, so they put out plenty of food at the preserve so the cranes aren’t tempted to fly over to the airport. Cranes have a funny mating dance but they weren’t in the mood today. We have been keeping track of how many critters we could identify. The cranes let us hit our goal of 50.

Birch trees and fireweed surround a Fairbanks, Alaska field.

On our way to the field, we drove past a grove of birch trees behind a grassy field that was lined with the ever-present fireweed. A beautiful end to a great trip.

Read more at Walter’s blog.

02 Jul 2010

What’s good: Sunset on the work week

The sun sets in Hillsborough, NJ

I stopped by my friend Walter Choroszewski’s house this evening to go over final plans for our Alaska trip next week. After we wrapped up, I drove through the country keeping an eye on the setting sun. I came across these trees on the other side of a field just as the sun set and the colors lit up the sky.

18 Jun 2010

What’s good: A field of beans and deer

Deer browse in a bean field in Readington, NJ.

I took a little drive this evening and the deer were out in full force. They were in yards, walking in the roads, wandering through woods and enjoying a field of beans.

15 Jun 2010

What’s good: Seeing the farm

Farm after sunset in South Branch, NJ.

When I first came to New Jersey for a job interview in 1987, I wasn’t too sure about leaving the Midwest for N.J. I’d been through the state a couple of times, the last being on a bus while I was at USA Today and we came up to play a softball game against David Letterman in Central Park. The bus came up the NJ Turnpike, which is packed with cars and goes past tons of oil refineries. Not where I want to be. I drove around a lot after the job interview and soon came upon two grain silos. That was a good sign for me. It is great to see that 23 years later the silos are still there on the working farm.

11 Jun 2010

What’s good: Hay in the field

Hay sits in a field in Bedminster, NJ.

After a long week of too many meetings, it felt good to head out into the countryside this evening. I spent about 45 minutes stalking three young bucks playing in a field but they were too far away to make a good picture. I headed over to my favorite hill where I made a pretty fence photo back in April. The hill has a meadow and some unique trees and a great views. You’ll see a picture of the trees some day when the light is right. Tonight the setting sun was hitting rolls of hay and the color of the light on the hay really contrasted the green grass.

06 Jun 2010

What’s good: Foxes and heron

Fox kits cross a field in Hillsborough, NJ

It looked like there would be some nasty thunderstorms late this afternoon, so I hopped in the Jeep and headed out. I was driving along the South Branch of the Raritan River and saw a Great Blue Heron on the opposite bank. I pulled over and as I climbed down the bank, the bird flew farther down the river. Then he walked out on a log in the river at a bend and posed from some shots. The storm didn’t really happen, there was a short rain and some clouds, but they cleared. I started to head for home and noticed something running in a plowed field. It was red tail fox kits and they were casually crossing the open field.

A Great Blue Heron fishes in the South Branch of the Raritan River.

16 May 2010

What’s good: The sun sets on a beautiful weekend

Colors take over after the sun sets.

The weather doesn’t get any better than this weekend was. It has to rank in the top five of the year. I got in two good bicycle rides, did some bird photography in the Great Swamp, had a dog shoot this afternoon and finished it off with dinner on my sister-in-law Penny’s deck with Robin.

My favorite time of day is the 30 minutes or so after the sun sets and the sky takes on beautiful colors. I like that time period before the sun rises also, but I rarely drag my butt out of bed in time to see it. Tonight I thought it might be especially colorful because there were a nice layer of thin clouds in the west. It wasn’t great, but it was nice.

01 May 2010

What’s good: Getting a greeting from a real horse

A horse poses outside of Ringoes, NJ.

Yesterday I photographed the strange horse statue, today it is a real horse. I was on a grueling bike ride with Kathy Johnson through the Hunterdon County countryside. We are training for the upcoming MS Coast the Coast ride in three weeks. Please donate! It was over 95 degrees, which I’m not acclimated to and we were planning on doing 35-40 miles but I could barely make 25.

The horse had an interest in my camera.

As we were heading back to the cars, I saw two horses in a field. They looked nice, so I stopped to photograph them. I took some shots of them grazing and they came over to the fence. One was very friendly and it posed for a photo. It was a curious horse and wanted to check out the camera.

The horse had an interest in my bicycle

Then it obviously had an interest in carbon fiber and it went over to my bicycle to give it a lick.