We just returned from a whirlwind trip to Montreal/Quebec City with Len followed by a visit to Main, Vermont, New Hampshire with Fall Photo Trips.
It was definitely a situation of sensory overload. The colors had peaked in Canada and were truly breath taking. Len stated he was a leaf peeper from way back and this reminded him of his childhood in Ohio.
The folks in Quebec weren’t as happy with the splendor as we were and laughingly stated that it just reminded them that winter was coming.
We visited sections of the Laurentians region, including Parc National de La Maurcie, a vast natural territory with it’s beautiful foliage and many hiking trails.
I was especially impressed with the architecture and cobblestone streets in Quebec City. The best view point was on the on/off bus as we were able to do the complete circle more than once. Most of our time however was done walking. Everything within the city is pretty accessible by foot allowing you a better feeling of the history.
50 minutes from Montreal, was PARC RÉGIONAL DE LA RIVIÈRE DONCASTER which had it all. Water rushing, leaves falling and trees garbed in full color.I would venture to say that this was my favorite stop of the Parks.
At the end of the week, Len boarded a plane to come home while I took a greyhound bus ride from Montreal to New Hampshire where I was to start the second half of my trip. The bus ride was just a bit longer than the flight and comparing $37.00 to $300— well it was a no brainer. With munchies on hand, a kindle in case I got bored I was set. I have to say it was a day well spent. The transitions of scenery and color could not be seen from the air!
We then met up April of Fall Photo Tours in New Hampshire who orchestrated a sampling of the Maine, Vermont area. Maine was my biggest surprise. They sure know how to celebrate the lobster and go all out with seasonal decorations. It was almost like going down Willow Glen and looking at the Christmas Lights. The signs storekeepers put out were hysterical and so catchy. I think the coop de Grau was the sign in front of the cemetery-Ocean Scenic View— I mean would the residents care? One of the favorite spots however was the B&B “The Farm Inn” in Woodstock Vermont. I highly recommend it. The comfort, quaintness, and culinary skills are simply wonderful.
So what about the scenery?
Fall is my favorite time of the year. My color palette even says so! This trip I decided to try something different with ‘creative’ blur shots. Actually that is kind of funny as when I started out in photography 5 out of 10 of my shots were blurs. While I passed them off as creative they were just bad focusing. This time, the exercise was intentional. The only problem being that when I went to review the shots I forgot what my goal was and out of habit deleted some before catching myself. You’ll see a few of these “intriguing creations” in the video below.
That aside, there really is nothing than can beat the purity of nature and the chance to just take a deep breath and embrace the glory! We are already looking forward to planning a fall trip next year!