A number of years ago Singapore Airlines assigned me to photograph Canada for them so I took the opportunity to go in the autumn, rent helicopters and shoot the spectacular fall colours. The assignment made such an impression on me that last year I went back to do it all over again.
The east coast is generally known for the best show of colours but I couldn't resist a stopover in the Canadian Rockies where I had worked as a young photographer at the Banff Springs Hotel. I wasn't thinking of fall colours but I happened to be there unexpectedly when the alpine larches turned a golden yellow making spectacular mountain scenery even more beautiful. Who would have thought conifers could look so colourful - if only for a week or so?
In early October I visited Quebec where some of the best Canadian colour foliage occurs. North of Montreal and then eastward along the St. Lawrence river to Quebec City and beyond are favourite areas for what the Americans voyeuristically describe as 'leaf peeping'.
The heart of the trip though was New England. I was able to gauge where the colours were best from online reports and spent time in favourite areas such as Smuggler's Notch in Vermont, the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Acadia National Park in Maine.
Timing is everything for fall colours and even then a degree of luck is required to avoid rainy weather and even early winter snowfalls. The cool weather and lack of crowds though makes this a special time of year for hiking, exploring and discovering a world of fleeting colour.