Fall foliage in Maine


It’s that time of year again. The mornings and evenings are noticeably crisper and cooler, and the colors of fall are becoming more evident every day. The vibrancy of fall foliage in Maine truly can be a sight to behold, and as always, I’m looking forward to visiting some of my favorite locations.

One of those favorite locations for fall color is the Jordan Pond Stream which runs from Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park to the Atlantic Ocean at Seal Harbor. A rich variety of trees scattered along the stream side trail usually makes for a blaze of color that just begs to be photographed. A wide gravel path follows the stream downhill from the Jordan Pond House for about a quarter of a mile, and as you cross a rustic looking bridge, you can then jump off that path onto a trail that hugs the right hand side of the stream. There are many, many opportunities to enjoy amazing – albeit intimate – landscapes along this trail, and if you stick with it for about a mile, you get rewarded with views of Cobblestone Bridge, probably the most picturesque of the many carriage road bridges in the park.

My guess is that up north around Mount Katahdin the colors are already nearing peak, but it usually takes a little longer for the swath of color to stretch down toward the coastline. The image above of Jordan Pond Stream was made last year on October 14th, and in my experience, that’s usually around the time fall foliage in Acadia peaks. I’ll be checking the weather forecast in the next few weeks looking for misty, rainy, dull and overcast days… days when the subdued light and wet leaves make the colors pop even more than normal. If you are out and about with your camera in search of fall foliage colors, here’s hoping you find what you’re looking for.


25 thoughts on “Fall foliage in Maine

  1. I’m taking that elusive photography class that I’ve been promising myself for so long. I inherited a Nikon D7000 over the summer and I must say that it’s taken just 2 classes to become utterly obsessed. And the more I know the more stunning your photos become, David.

    • David Patterson

      Thanks Cynthia. I totally understand your new obsession… there’s something about being able to take the technical knowledge of what the camera is capable of and translating your creative vision into something tangible. I will look forward to seeing the results 🙂

  2. Throughout the week, leaves were really beginning to change. Was hiking up around Ampitheater earlier in the week, and already quite a bit of color. Another 7 – 10 days and colors should be popping. Hope the rain and wind isn’t too heavy this wkend. :-(.

    • David Patterson

      Carol… thanks for the update. Based on what I have been seeing on my drive to work (and your observations), it looks like we might be about a week ahead of schedule this year.

  3. justinmbutler

    This is a truly stunning piece of work. The colours “hang” in time, the branches and leaves suspended in a splash of autumnal glory while the small stream fizzes right through the middle. Fantastic.

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