By all accounts, this is going to be an autumn of spectacular foliage in New England. As the Globe's Beth Daley reported late last month, the wet summer we had earlier and the crisp, clear weather we're having now are the perfect recipe for fantastic and widespread color.
Apparently all that rain caused the region’s maple, ash, oak, and other trees to grow bushy with broad green leaves, which are providing larger-than-normal canvases for color. Now that the trees are starting to shut down for the winter, they're not producing chlorophyll, which masks yellows. And the sunny weather we've been having allows the leaves to produce another pigment that's the source of vivid reds, purples, and crimsons.
In other words, get out your cameras and hit the road!
We ran a Foliage Photo Challenge on RAW last fall, but what the heck -- if this really is THE year for great color, let's see if we can't outdo ourselves.
If you'll indulge me, I'd like to try out a new photo gallery upload tool we have on Boston.com. You'll have to be registered on Boston.com to use it, but I assume most of you are already anyway. If you're not, or if you don't have a Boston.com screen name yet, feel free to use your Flickr screen name so the RAW community can recognize you.
Here's the link for the gallery. Just click the "Add it here" button, then return to the Gallery to view everybody else's photos. Click on any photo to launch a slideshow that you advance manually by clicking the "Next" and "Previous" buttons.
By using this tool, you won't have to wait for me to download your photos, resize them, and put them in a gallery. Plus you can leave a comment on individual photos.
Speaking of comments, let me know what you think of the upload tool by leaving a note below.
Okay, here are some resources for you ....
First, here are some tips on shooting:
Next, suggestions on where to go:
Boston.com's Travel producers put together a gallery of good foliage drives in all six New England states.
About.com also lists some scenic drives you may find helpful.
Several websites are tracking the spread of peak foliage color:
Foliage Vermont (with a neat Foliage Meter)
And finally, we can revisit the essay written for RAW last fall by our friend Arnold John Kaplan from Cape Cod, who has written a book on good "scenics" in Vermont. His advice and tips are timeless.
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