Last one Today

Monday was the day I least look forward to each year, taking the boat out. We did have a super day to do it though, 60ish degrees and no wind.

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The color is fading up on the hills but

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looking across West Shore Rd. is still pretty nice.

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We were fortunate enough to find a couple friends though only one would pause for pictures. They were off West Shore Rd. Peter Mackey was also on the lake and reported seeing three off Sucker Brook so the season isn’t over yet for them. I also got a report that there was still at least one loon on Silver Lake.

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Fall at its best on West Shore Rd.

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and coming down the driveway on Lakeview Dr. Enjoy, Mike

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Bonus foliage photo, on West Shore Rd. just south of Waterhouses.

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Still Fall Foliage

All these are from the last several days. In front of the Marriott in Middlebury.

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Exchange St. in Middlebury.

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From Eric Houwen deep in South Cove.

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From Louise Salant deep in North Cove.

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Also from Louise, West Shore Rd. near Songa. This is a week ago but they still look good there.

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From Ira Lewis, the golf course at the college. They could use this in an ad.

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Sunrise here a few days ago. One more mailing is coming, so I can be caught up. M.

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Mostly Todays ride

Hi all, Color has really begun to pop around here and I’d recommend you get out for your foliage ride before the rain and wind come on Wednesday and bring leaves down.
Lets start with a couple pictures from Kathy Dick. The island is usually a good direction to point your camera but the eagle eyes in the group

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should be able to see the eagle in the above picture after looking at this one. What will our birds do when that dead tree finally falls.

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Here are a bunch I got today. All are in Salisbury, Cornwall, eastern Bridport, and Middlebury. Close to Champlain from Shoreham to Addison was just blah.

Having to go out on the bike to find foliage is a REALLY good job, and I thank you all for that. Mike

Last day of summer

Hi all, Many loon reports from Lake Dunmore folks indicate we have 5 or more loons on the lake at the moment. We were lucky enough to have a (our?) pair show up in front of our place and stick around long enough for us to float with them a while. They were both doing a lot of preening.

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The late season graying is obvious but it seems to me it’s not as bad as it is in years when they raise a chick or two. I guess kids will do that to you.

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The weather here has been picture perfect for the last week or more with the temperature getting into the 80’s today. We have spent more time floating in the last three days than we have in the last 6 weeks.

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This is coming in a couple nights ago but it could have been any night of the last several.

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I managed a couple hours on the motorcycle today too. The back roads are starting to look fallish, especially if you go uphill a little.

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In a stroke of good luck, I stepped out on the deck late afternoon in time to hear the rumble of radial engines above. Though common in the '40’s, through the ’60’s, you could still hear their distinctive sound regularly at night through the 70’s when WWII vintage airplanes were used to haul freight back and forth across the country. I was fortunate enough to do that in the early 80’s but by then the old airplanes still in service were being converted to turbine engines. This B-17 was giving passenger rides out of Rutland today. I stood a little mesmerized as it presented the perfect picture when it turned over the south end of the lake. By the time I woke up and grabbed a camera, all I got for you was proof it was here. It made my day though. Enjoy, Mike

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