Date: 01st - 12th October 2016
This two state tour gives you the opportunity to see the very best of New England’s varied landscape in a single journey.
We start in the ‘green mountain state’ of Vermont, a place that is certainly beautiful in any season, but in early October the riotous colour provided by the fall foliage turns the region into a landscape photographer’s paradise.
Add to this mouth-watering backdrop the elegant white churches, covered bridges, rolling hillsides, solid red barns and secluded ponds and back roads, and you have a recipe for endless happy hours of photography.
During the trip we will have ample opportunity to explore the hidden parts of the state that are well off the beaten track, as well as visiting several beautiful, quintessentially New England villages such as Peacham, East Corinth and Woodstock. Many of our best locations will be found along the back roads where we will discover such enticing subjects as a group of trees with a barn to set them off, or perhaps an avenue of golden leaved trees stretching into the distance. Water will be a crucial element in many of our images; vibrant reflections in lakes, ponds and reservoirs effectively double the impact of the colourful trees around them. The best results come from the calm conditions around dawn when rising mist adds a sense of mystery to the quiet atmosphere among the trees. Whether lit by sunlight or softened by mist, the trees are endlessly photogenic and beautiful, a tapestry of foliage with shades varying from green through yellow and orange to red.
As well as the awe inspiring ‘big views’ of acres of dazzling foliage we will also spend time searching out those small details that just cry out ‘Vermont in the fall’. Pumpkins on doorsteps (almost every house has a Halloween pumpkin outside, even in early October), bunches of Indian corn, a single leaf on a moss covered rock, abstract reflections in crystal clear pools - the possibilities are endless!
After six nights you will move on to the north east coast of Maine, just 50 miles from the Canadian border, to Mount Desert Island, home to Acadia National Park, one of the 10 most visited parks in the United States.
Acadia encompasses almost 47,000 acres of granite-domed mountains, woodlands, lakes and ponds, and ocean shoreline. Such diverse habitats create striking scenery and make the park a haven for wildlife and plants. Within this compact and easily accessible area we will have excellent access to the 26 mountains, 20 Glacial lakes and ponds, 50 miles of spectacular coastline. And all set against the spectacular fall display for which New England is renowned; red maples in swampy areas turn scarlet; aspens and beech turn golden; sugar maples become a spectacular mix of orange, yellow and brilliant red.
Cadillac Mountain, at 1530 feet, is the highest mountain on the eastern seaboard, and from October to March is the first place in the entire country to greet the sunrise. A road leads all the way to the summit allowing easy access to the remarkable panorama of mountains, forest, coastline and islands that stretch in all directions.
To the northeast of Mount Desert Island, lies the long granite finger of the Schoodic Peninsula. A further 2000 acres and five miles of spectacular coastline here were acquired by Acadia in 1929. From the peninsula we can look back at the Mount Desert Mountains and explore the rocky cliffs, tide pools and inshore islands.
The diversity of the region also gives us an opportunity to explore parts of the ‘mainland’. The brilliant orange and red colours of the blueberry crop are breathtaking and will provide many photographic opportunities.
There are few tours that can offer such varied subject matter – spectacular mountain views, rocky surf-pounded coastline, serene lakes and ponds, fishing boats and lighthouses - and all painted with the rich colours of the New England fall.
Long term Light & Land devotee, Clive Minnitt is one of our most experienced leaders. Photography became his passion following a two and a half year back-packing adventure around the world during the late 1980’s. His love of the outdoors coupled...
It was a great trip, largely due to all the work you both put in beforehand and during our stay. Many thanks
Thank you both for a fantastic tour. The locations were great, the humour and banter spot on, and the group dynamics worked really well, in no small part due to your abilities to make everyone feel relaxed and included. The constructive criticism, tuition and suggestions were also most appreciated. Have spent most of the afternoon downloading images but will now ignore them for a week or so before starting the editing process. I don't usually do much post-processing but I suspect that a copy of Lightroom will be ordered fairly shortly having heard such good things about it from everyone! Do please take this as permission to circulate my email address; it's always nice to hear how others in the group are getting on especially those who aren't on social media. I'm looking forward to joining you both on another tour at some point, hopefully Venice but if not I'm sure there will be something else. All the best for your trip to Bhutan, really looking forward to seeing the images from that one.
Thanks for the email and yes I did really enjoy the tour (even the 5am starts......eventually). I've learnt a great deal from both you and Phil though quality of jokes needs some work! I also learnt a lot from the others on the tour. I'll endeavour to put some images up on the L and L site once I've sorted through them though I have 30gb worth of raw files to work through so it could be a little while. Finally unless there is war, pestilence or meteorite strike in the mean time I will defiantly come on another tour in the future. Best wishes
Thanks for sending the photos and thank you and Phil for such an enjoyable trip, this was probably the best photo tour I have ever been on and the organisation was certainly the best I have experienced. Just catching up now having had a 12 hour sleep. Best Wishes
Thank you for writing with the photos and especially for guiding us so expertly through the New England forests and ponds. I really enjoyed the tour and appreciate all the effort (and good humour) you both put into it. Today was such a gorgeous day, I forgot all the photographic rules and could not restrain myself from snapping away in full contrast and sunlight…ah well, it’s only digital after all and I have 6 more days to perfect things. All the best to you both and bon voyages for your next trips Tamara x
Thank you both again for such an inspiring workshop. You provided us with great locations, much needed help and support and lots of fun and laughter. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. This was my first workshop with Light and Land and, based on this tour, will definitely book again. Thanks too for the feedback on my images. It's always very daunting, especially after seeing everyone else's wonderful work, but a very useful part of the workshop. Thanks for the great photos - something to remember this lovely group by. Kind regards
Many thanks for the very prompt email and photos. I hope you both had a good journey home as I had and are ready for your next adventure. I am most grateful to you both for such a wonderful trip. As I said on Tuesday night, your professionalism and superb organisation really shone through over our two weeks and I honestly can't think of one negative aspect of the trip. It was all I had hoped for and more, and I very much appreciate all the hard work you both put in to ensure its success. Good luck to you both in your forthcoming tours and I very much hope I can join you again before too long. With grateful thanks and best wishes.
Phil and Clive were extremely patient, attentive and professional in their handling of all aspects.
This was a superb tour, well organised in every way. I have absolutely no negative comments to make.
Overall a very enjoyable and well researched itinerary. Tutors very enthusiastic and pleasant.
I've been on several photography holidays although this was my first with Light and Land. The level of organisation and planning that went into this was the best I have ever experienced and the photographic skills of the two leaders was again better than I have ever seen.
Both Clive and Phil went out of their way to ensure that we all had has much tuition/assistance as we needed. I now know how to use my ND grads properly (thanks Clive) and Phil gave some great advice on composition. As a result I feel much more comfortable taking risks with my images.
Fantastic tour, possibly the best I've been on. The locations were great with choices given at some points for those who didn't want to hike uphill or scramble over rocks. Really enjoyed the two different areas, so much to see and photograph in both. Acadia in the fog nudged it for me but the car graveyard was a close second. Tuition was brilliant, both Clive and Phil made sure that everyone got 1-2-1 time.
It was a life changing experience, without a doubt, due to Phil and Clive, and for the better!!!!