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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Colorful Foliage & Pumpkins

Thursday, October 3, 2013

All my life I have seen photos of 
New England
l l    e.
But nothing prepared me for 
the brilliance of the breathtaking views 
around every bend, 
each more spectacular than the last.

As brilliant as the photos are, including this one taken in New Hampshire, 
they do not capture the clarity of the colors seen in real time.  

The camera does not capture the true color. 
The photos show red-ish trees. 
Red trees are truly red! 
Not red-ish, not almost red, not brownish red...

But brilliant RED! 

On edges of lakes and 

in back yards. 

Then there are the legendary covered bridges...
Which seemed to be around every bend in New Hampshire,  
nestled in stunning fall foliage... 

Our fall foliage leaf-peeping tour was not planned to include 
covered bridges, but there they were, 
unexpectedly popping up regularly just a 
short drive from the main road. 

Each day of our trip was more amazing than the previous one. 
Each day brought more and more smiles and laughter at seeing 
the beauty of nature and the unexpected.
 Another covered bridge...just ten minutes from us...
should we take the quick side trip to see this one? 
Why not? We're here! Let's go! 

Most of the bridges are still used to cross mountain rushing streams 
flanked by the ever-present colorful foliage. 
And we drove across them just for the fun of it! 
Turned around on the other side and 
crossed again, headed back on our original path... 

Other side-trips? 
For sure... to see pumpkin fields and pumpkin displays...

The color of the landscape is larger than life...
 and the size of the pumpkins in the area farmer's markets 
is also larger than life. 

Fall decorations at a well-known historical hotel
included the largest pumpkins to be found. 

That fuschia-clothed arm leaning on the mammoth pumpkin 
belongs to my sister and gives a good reference about how huge the 
pumpkin is.   

Fall foliage and huge pumpkins...
sure to bring smiles... 
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  1. The fall colors are breathtaking. We are planning a trip on the lake to see all of the fall color next week-can't wait. These pictures are wonderful--the bridges especially in the autumn splendor.

  2. So pretty in the New England area. Unfortunately, I've only been there in the summer...still beautiful though. Your pictures look like postcards. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We did the New England fall several years ago in mid October. It was spectacular. We had no plans and took side roads from one state to the next. We loved all the color and so many people told us it was too bad we missed the turning of the leaves.

    Fall changes to us on the beach mean changes in the sand and the jetties.

  4. You certainly make a case for tempting people to visit New England in autumn. I would love to tour the area at any time of year and find your views shared, breathtaking. The one covered bridge looks pretty worn, I think I'd be apprehensive of crossing it.

  5. What fabulous Autumn color! We have traveled in New England in the Fall and it is always breathtaking! ENJOY!

  6. Your photos are breathtaking! I love that one of the stream with the mountain in the back. It's truly beautiful. How fortunate you are to take such a journey.

  7. Your photos are breathtaking! I love that one of the stream with the mountain in the back. It's truly beautiful. How fortunate you are to take such a journey.

  8. Gorgeous photos and only you know the colors aren't quite true! My trips to New England have never been in the Fall, so I've missed the color there. Fortunately, I've lived in at least 3 states that had gorgeous Fall color! The covered bridges are wonderful! Enjoy your trip!

  9. Only God can make such beauty...Thank you for sharing these truly wonderful photos of his work. STUNNING!!! is all I can say.
    Marie Antoinette

  10. Judith!
    How beautiful!
    I have never been to New England. With your permission, I would like to pin a couple of your beautiful images to my Pinterest board titled " r e t i r e !"

  11. SO beautiful!! The foliage is amazing and covered bridges are my favorite!! =)

  12. I'm so envious. I have yet to go see fall in New England. Your photos show me that I won't be disappointed.

  13. What gorgeous pictures! Amazing views! Never been in that part of the country. Love the bridges. It reminded me of that movie "The bridges of Madison County". How pretty!

  14. Ohhh, ahhh. So pretty!

    I host a weekly link party called Seasonal Sundays and would love to have you link your post. The post goes up at 7 pm EST on Saturday evening.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Beautiful! I cant wait to take a ride up to the mountains to see the trees soon.

  16. Somehow I missed these recent posts. Sorry to arrive late!
    I was like you, the first time I actually experienced New England in the fall, I was in total awe. Never did I imagine the brilliance that was aglow all around us. Every turn offered a quaint picture perfect scene. Thanks for sharing your photos.


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