Oregon Brook, Northest Kingdom, Vermont
December 14th, 2011
While in Vermont this past fall I took the opportunity to visit a little known brook in the Northeast Kingdom that I discovered almost 10 years ago. I first photographed this stream when I was still shooting large format film, and I have dreamed of visiting ever since then hoping to get the right water levels mixed with vibrant autumn color. Well I got my wish this year! After leaving my house at 3:30am a few days in advance of my Vermont Autumn Photo Workshop, I made the long haul drive of over 650 miles to the extreme Northeast corner of Vermont just a stones throw from the Canadian border. My first stop was to Lyndonville for a much needed cup of coffee and to meet up with fellow photographers Alex Mody and Chris Kayler. We immediately headed for this location. After turning off onto the dirt road, we parked our cars at the one and only pull out and descended the steep ravine in route to the brook below. The color was blazing along the banks of the brook and a light rain provided the perfect conditions for shooting stream scenics.
After arriving on the edge of the stream, we all set off in our own search of compositions. I settled on this one of many because I was drawn to the current of the cascades in the foreground and the tunnel of color expanding into the distant frame. The stream was in such good condition and the color so phenomenal that we spent the next day shooting along it’s banks once again. When you find an area that is promising it’s best to spend some time working it until you’ve exhausted all of the photographic possibilities!