September 29, 2019 Twin Mountain, New Hampshire

Boats, Blueberry Barrens, and New Hampshire Foliage

Since I woke up at 3 AM this morning, I sorted through some more of the images from my stay in the Jonesport, Maine area. As you can see from the image immediately above, my search for foliage in New Hampshire began as soon as it got light.

Still fascinated by the bright colors of the lobstermen’s wharves on Beal Island.

Interesting what I discover when working on these images on the computer.

I certainly didn’t notice him at the time I took the shot, but sitting way up there in the top of a tree on the small island is a bald eagle.

Can’y say it actually adds anything to the image, I just found it interesting to discover it when processing the image.

More from the blueberry barrens in Cherryfield, Maine.

Still am fascinated and love the colors …

… and the patterns out here.

On to New Hampshire

Around 6 AM there was enough light to start out on my hunt for foliage.

These first several images were taken in near darkness as I waited for the fog and/or light cloud cover to move out.

By 9 o’clock the sun made it’s appearance.

After reading the foliage reports, I wasn’t sure what I would find today and was pleasantly surprised to find as much color as I did.

Color at the higher elevations is probably close to peak right now while at the lower elevations, it still has a ways to go.

I might make note of the fact that a Sunday morning, with blue skies and areas of great foliage brings with it some serious traffic! And everyone is either cruising slowly rubbernecking for foliage or blowing by people at 80 mph, making for some very dangerous driving.

I plan on heading back out and retracing my path from this morning after watching the Patriots/Bills game. By duplicating my trip, I will get to see what the light from the West reveals as opposed to this morning’s light from the East.

September 26, 2019 Addison, Maine

 Downeast Shots

I was up and out at the crack of dawn today as the clear skies at the campground promised me a chance to get some early morning boat shots. Only 6 miles later, as I turned into Jonesport and waited to cross the bridge to Beal Island, in came the fog.

As always, right clicking on a photo will open a larger image in a separate window or tab.

I was a little disheartened by the sudden loss of good light, but proceeded across the bridge anyhow to at least check out the lobstermen’s wharves and I am so glad I did. Ended up getting some nice moody, fog shots before the skies cleared.

Just had to go back to the blueberry barrens to see if the color there had intensified any after a week.

Again, I was just amazed at the colors.

I had planned to leave here Saturday morning and head to the White Mountains to see if there was any color there yet, but I am torn since I am enjoying myself so much here in Addison.

I meant to take pictures of my amazing lobster dinner here at the campground the other night, but instead just sat down and dug in when the two pound and three quarter lobsters were delivered to my door. For $6.50 a pound, my hosts here at the Pleasant River RV Park, will let you pick out your own lobster (s) from their onsite lobster pound, then cook it (them) and deliver it (them) to your door. How can you beat that? You can’t even buy fresh lobster for $6.50/lb, much less have it cooked and delivered to you. The campground owner catches these lobsters himself, so you know they are fresh … and they also were delicious!

September 21, 2019 Jonesport, Maine

 

Pearl Exploring the Blueberry Barrens

Blueberry Barrens Forever

I arrived at the Pleasant River RV Park in Addison Saturday afternoon after a long (expensive) trip north on the Maine Turnpike. Having never stayed here before, and reading that there were only 6 campsites here, I was pleasantly surprised to get this very nice spot with full hookups and a nice view.

Sunrise the next morning!

I came through some startling colors in vast blueberry fields, I think they are called barrens, on the way down to the campground. So soon as I was settled in, I drove back out to see if I could get any decent late afternoon shots. These wood ducks merit a return to the side road I found them on, but my noisy approach, as I was not expecting to see wood ducks, spooked an entire flock of them.

There is some color here and there on roadsides, with some vivid colors in the wetlands and around the pond edges. Certainly not peak foliage here yet, but the blueberry barrens are another story!

I went back Sunday morning to see if I could get some better color with the early morning light.

Driving the narrow, very dusty gravel roads through the barrens, I had to just keep shooting away, so, once again, I apologize for the number of photos, but the colors fascinated me.

Incredibly, looking at images of these blueberry barrens online, I don’t believe these are at peak color yet, but still impressive to me as I have never encountered  them before.

The fields are picked clean this time of year, but on a few little steep hillsides heading into the woods, there are areas that the mechanical harvesters probably can’t access, leaving a few berries here and there. Being a commercial operation, I did not get out and pick any of these, though I was tempted!