October 1, 2019 Magical Morning on the Kancamagus

I awoke to the sound of rain dancing on the roof of the motorhome, thinking I had yet another day of venturing out in nasty weather and being frustrated in my attempts to capture any decent foliage shots.

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My game plan today was to be out and headed across the Kancamagus Highway by first light, then break camp and drive down to Canaan, NH to stay a few days with my sister.

In spitting rain and patchy fog, I headed down Route 93 to the Kancamagus, stopping in a few places to get closeup foliage shots, the only kind available in the  inclement weather.

As you can see from the above photo, the fog showed little sign of lifting, yet it was possible to see that there was some great color along the highway.

As I progressed along the highway, despite the fog and drizzle, I had to stop often to get shots of the roadside colors …

… very brilliant colors, that often are made even more so by the soft white light of overhead fog.

For a short stretch, the fog lifted somewhat …

… then as I approached the highest point on the highway …

… I was back in dense fog, or was this a cloud? Whatever it was, it made it impossible to appreciate the colors along the road.

Over the highway’s highest point and the weather showed signs of giving me a reprieve.

Though the skies never did clear, at least the fog lifted enough to allow some more distant shots by the time I reached Willey Pond in Crawford Notch.

That row of colorful trees just above the pond was one of the most impressive sights along the highway and fortunately the weather improved enough for me to be able to capture a few images of this magical scene.

The rest of the trip was once again in and out of the fog, but the colors remained quite impressive.

The colorful hillside around the Silver Cascade Falls was just being revealed as I pulled off the road to get a shot of the Cascade.

Unfortunately, the dry fall, up until this point at least, made for a less than impressive image of this 300 foot waterfall.

After completing the loop of the Kancamagus, Bear Notch Road, and Route 302 back to my campsite, I figured I had time before noon to check out a pond I had noticed on Route 2 in Shelburne when I was driving through in the motorhome.

Pushing my way through the dense wet brush to get down to the shore, I looked up and saw what I thought were white plastic shopping bags ruining an otherwise nice autumn scene.

The white plastic shopping bags turned out to be a small flock of Canada Geese bobbing for food in what must have been about two to three feet of water!

Back to the campground by early afternoon and then on down to Canaan , NH and the Crescent Campground on Canaan Street Lake to spend a few days with my sister who has a seasonal rental there. Hopefully, there will be some improvement in the weather once there.


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