Chasing Fall in New England


Mist rolling over the hills in Pomfret, VT

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

 L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables


One of the most photographed farms in the US–Jenne Farm, Reading, VT

It’s October in New England and it seems that no matter where you are in the Northeast, you can find spectacular displays of fall foliage.  The fiery reds, warm golds and lush greens of fall are popping up everywhere from New York to Maine.  Not wanting to miss out on a fall that was already being described as “vibrant” and “neon”, I booked a weekend with friends recently to explore the back roads of Vermont, a state that I had only seen under the cover of snow.

We set off on our two-day quest for fantastic fall foliage and weren’t disappointed.  Neither the throngs of fellow leaf-peepers nor the forecast for rain slowed us down.  We only had time to explore a few towns and villages during our short visit.  But we were able to capture images of so many classic New England icons from stone walls and covered bridges to church steeples and village greens all in the stunning backdrop of Autumn’s eye-popping palette.

For my friends below the Mason-Dixon line who have a while longer to wait for their fall “peep shows”, here are some moments from my weekend in Vermont to hold you over.  Happy leaf-peeping!


Stowe Community Church, Stowe, VT


The sun going down on Lake Champlain, Burlington, VT



Barn in Woodstock, VT


Shops along the village green in South Royalton, VT


Woodstock Middle Bridge, Woodstock, VT



Taftsville covered bridge right outside Woodstock, VT


Reflections of autumn in the North Hartland Lake near the Quechee Gorge in Quechee, VT


One of the many stone walls found in New England. This one lines the walkway of the Vermont Law School in South Royalton, VT


The Quechee Gorge drops down165 feet where the Ottauquechee River runs through. The river originates in the Green Mountains and flows through Killington and continues eastwardly in the Woodstock, Pomfret, Hartford and Hartland and Quechee.


Vibrant foliage surrounding buildings on the Vermont Law School Campus, South Royalton, VT


Photos by Susan Scarborough

Every New Beginning Comes From Some Other Beginning’s End

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Today is the official first day of fall. The signs of summer’s end have been around for a while now though. The days are shorter, the air is crisper, leaves are turning and falling from the trees.  As sad as I am to see summer end, autumn has always seemed like the season of change for me.  A time for new beginnings.

As the Roman philosopher, Seneca The Younger said (…or maybe it was the 90’s band, Semisonic…), “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

So before we completely close the door on summer and celebrate a new beginning, here’s one last look at some of Summer 2014’s finest moments.

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As soon as the kids were out of school, we kicked off summer with a trip to the Water Color and Seaside on the Gulf of Mexico. These white sands and emerald waters will always feel like home.

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Familiar walk in Seaside.

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Summer Concert Series at the Seaside Amphitheater with live music from The Dirty Guv’nahs

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Soaking in the view of Nantucket harbor before dinner.

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Madaket…everyone’s favorite beach!

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Great Point Light

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Summer memories being made with the best of friends.

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Company of the Cauldron

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Auld Lang Syne in ‘Sconset is one of the oldest (and sweetest) houses on Nantucket and was built around 1675.


Gorgeous sunset with friends in Chatham, MA


Photos by Evelyn Savage and Susan Scarborough 

Turning The Page


“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ahhh…school has started. The smell of sharpened pencils. The buzz of a new school year with old friends and fresh notebooks.

The first acorn has bounced off the hood of my car. Leaves are floating from the trees. The September sky is it’s brightest blue. And windows are cracked at night to let the brisk autumn air in.

The page has turned. Fall is here.

New England is great this time of year and I can’t wait to make my first loaf of pumpkin bread. But a proper good bye to a spectacular summer would be nice and here are a few photos to wrap it  up.








A New England Fall

I have lived in New England for a better part of five years. After living in a one-dimensional climate in Florida for years, I’m thrilled to have all four seasons again.

This time of year takes your breath away in New England.  The vista on the back roads of Connecticut is vibrant and the skies are the truest blue. The chill in the air gives you a charge that lasts almost long enough to get you through winter. Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  Football is on TV, soups are on the stove, and fires get lit for the first time in a year. Autumn in New England lives up to its billing and makes me nostalgic for a season I haven’t even experienced yet.

Photography by Evelyn Laws and Susan Scarborough.