Above the New England Landscape: October’s Kaleidoscopic Splendor . . .

October 6th, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

Aerial View of Autumn Above Lake Whitingham, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com Above Lake Whitingham, Wilmington, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

It goes without saying that autumn in New England is simply beautiful. But this year —perhaps because of the abundant rainfall or lack of high winds or delayed frost— is one of the most spectacular foliage seasons that I can remember. The blazing scarlet and brilliant orange maples, clear-gold birch and poplar, and technicolor ash trees are absolutely amazing in Southern Vermont and Northwestern Massachusetts this fall. My autumn planting schedule has been truly wild, but I promised myself some time in the air and I got it this past week. Clear, blue skies and peak autumn hues made for a stunning hour-long flight above the valley. Here’s a bit of what I saw, and couldn’t help but share: October in New England, from inside the sky . . .

Punctuated Autumn Landscape - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.comPunctuated Autumn Landscape, Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Pumpkin Harvest - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Pumpkin Harvest, Deerfield, Massachusetts Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Heart of the Field - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com  Heart of the Field, Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Keyhole Swamp, Vernon, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com Keyhole Swamp, Vernon, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Golden River Bank - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Golden River Bank, Northfield, Massachusetts  Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Autumn Color Bands, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com Autumn Color Bands, Above Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Autumn Colorbands ll, Above Guilford, Vermont - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.com  Autumn Color Bands II, Above Guilford, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Autumn Color and Farm Fields, Above Deerfield, Massachusetts - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Streaked Fields, Deerfield, Massachusetts Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Tractor and Autumn Fields, Above Massachusetts - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com Autumn Above the Fields, Northfield, Massachusetts Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

October Blue, Newfane, Vermont - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com October’s Inky Blue Heart, Newfane, Vermont Ⓒ 2013 Michaela M. Harlow

Photography & Text ⓒ Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All images, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without asking first. Thank you! 

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Scott Farm’s Springtime Renaissance: Above the Orchard, Beauty in Full Bloom

May 15th, 2013 § 4 comments § permalink

Scott_Farm_Orchard_Apple_Blossom_Aerial_2013_Michaela_Medina_Harlow_thegardenerseden.comBeauty in Full Bloom: Above the Apple Orchard, Scott Farm, Vermont

It’s apple blossom season at Scott Farm in Dummerston, Vermont, and the orchard is in full, fragrant glory. Having posted many articles here on The Gardener’s Eden about the Scott Farm orchard —both during the springtime bloom and again during the autumn apple harvest— I decided to do something a bit different this year. Change is in the air at Scott Farm, and inspired by the uplifting mood, I took to the sky for a fresh, symbolic perspective on this beautiful, Vermont treasure.

Scott_Farm_Aerial_One_2013_Michaela_Medina_Harlow_thegardenerseden.comRow upon row of heirloom fruit trees —including apples, quince, peaches, plums and pears, as well as berries—  fill the orchard at Scott Farm

With Tristam Johnson now serving as interim executive director at Landmark Trust, the springtime excitement at Scott Farm has reached an all-time high. Kelly Carlin, office manager, has been updating Scott Farm’s website, and long-time orchard manager and heirloom fruit tree expert, Ezekiel Goodband has recently begun blogging; journaling about day-to-day orchard keeping, as well as posting updates on fruit tree sales, educational programs and community activities at the farm. There’s a springtime renaissance happening at Scott Farm, and the entire orchard is buzzing with the lively energy of a newly invigorated hive. Be sure to visit the Scott Farm website throughout the growing season for information about the availability of ecologically grown orchard fruit and berries, as well as seasonal events and educational opportunities at Scott Farm.

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A heart-felt thank you goes out to Landmark Trust’s new, Executive Director, Tristam Johnson, Scott Farm’s Office Manager, Kelly Carlin and Scott Farm Orchard Manager, Ezekiel Goodband for extending a warm welcome on my visits, both aerial and terrestrial. Wishing everyone at Scott Farm a bright and happy new growing season!

And a very special note of thanks to William Bonnette, offering flight training, photo flights and aerial photography services in New England, and beyond. Thank you so much for donating your time, expertise and use of your aircraft for this flight! Click on image below for more information or to schedule your own flight above New England!

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Photography & Text ⓒ Michaela Medina Harlow/The Gardener’s Eden. All images, articles and content on this site (with noted exceptions), are the original, copyrighted property of The Gardener’s Eden and may not be reposted, reproduced or used in any way without prior written consent. Contact information is in the left side bar. Please do not take my photographs without asking first. Thank you! 

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