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In Search of Color's Epicenter

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by Michael Jermyn

Everybody knows that New England has the most spectacular fall colors in the world. Every October here in Vermont we are treated to one of natures’ most dazzling displays, and each year I set out with my Nikon in search of the very epicenter of color. Some years we wait for the transformation, but the leaves don’t seem to peak, then they just dry up and fall off. Sometimes I get lucky, and find myself seemingly in the middle of a rapturous landscape painting by Jasper Cropsey, or the great American impressionist George Inness. This year was one of the great years. The colors were late in blooming. Blame it on global warming, or the summer-long drought, but when the peak hit, on Friday, Oct. 21, 3:37 p.m., even in the rain, it was nothing short of a miracle. I came home with a pocket full of rainbows.

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