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Leaf Peeping

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October 8 - 11, 2001

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It's amazing to me how much the trees are changing every day now. We notice the difference every morning during the drive to work, and even on the afternoon drive home, if just from the change in lighting. Some trees are dreamy and pastel, while others stick out like psychedelic sore thumbs they are so bright and brilliant.
We timed our leaving Portland with the turning of the leaves. We wanted to be drenched in the colorful leaves, so we headed to New Hampshire and drove down the Kancamagus Highway, a scenic drive through the White Mountains offering some of the best leaf peeping spots in the area.

The morning we left Portland and headed toward the White Mountains was cloudy and breezy. Once again, what my limited mind perceived of as being negative (not having blue skies) turned out to be a blessing. With no competition from a sunny sky, the trees really showed off.

Don said he had heard that photographers prefer to shoot the trees on cloudy days because the colors look crisper. So I became grateful for the clouds and the breeze blowing just enough to shoot the leaves across the highway like chips of cracked rainbows.

With a windshield as big as mine, at times it looked like iridescent snow flurries - some were brazen while others offered just an ethereal, translucent hint of color - an absolutely amazing sight!

I have never been so thankful for the gift of sight than I have been during this trip. The drive through the changing foliage was one of the most incredible and unforgettable things I have ever seen in my life.

I began to wonder if God got tired of hearing me say thank you...

For more leaf peeping, take train ride to Crawford's Notch
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