Sometimes, the best images are made in totally unexpected places that had never been part of the itinerary. We had been scouting on a secondary road in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont (USA) when we passed these beautiful hills that featured some of the most vibrant colors we had seen so far on our foliage search.
The Northeast Kingdom (known locally as NEK) represents over 2,000 square miles of Vermont and is home to some of the state's most scenic and undisturbed locations. The Kingdom is bordered by Canada on one side and New Hampshire on the other.
I was joined by four good friends who had travelled far to the northeast USA in hopes of witnessing and photographing the peak colors of fall foliage. Although 2023 was not a banner year in much of New England due to the excess rain that had fallen over the wet summer months, parts of northern Vermont were pleasantly ablaze with color. So it was a great pleasure to stumble upon these hills wearing peak color near the Canadian border.
We immediately pulled the vehicle over to photograph the impressive hillside with his variegated autumn colors that included plenty of deep red hues — a color we value highly in foliage photography. A lone birch tree stood at the base of the hill sporting its yellow leaves, so I chose to make it the centrepiece of the image with a backdrop of colorful trees. The birch tree's white trunk was well-lit, offering some color and exposure contrast with the trees. I used a 70-200mm lens to compress the scene and emphasize the birch tree.
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