Speed Leaf Peeping

Yesterday morning before dawn, Jen and I got in the car and headed North. The plan? To drive The Kancamagus Highway and do some leaf peeping, while still getting home by lunch time. We invented a new craze: Speed Leaf Peeping

The sun wasn’t cooperating, as it was a bit on the gloomy side, and we think we were a little past the peak of the fall colors, but it was still beautiful and definitely worth the trip. We only got out of the car once, so there aren’t many pictures.

The side story of the day was definitely the crows. There were tons of them and they were everywhere. For the Watch, right Ollie?
Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Welcome to the White Mountains.
Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Can you spot the crow?
Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

Leaf Peeping on The Kancamagus Highway

Leaf Peeping on the The Kancamagus Highway

The New Rodent

At last, I have a picture of the new rodent living in our back yard. I’m not sure what kind of rodent it is. I thought either a groundhog or a gopher. I put two pictures on Flickr a few minutes ago and so far we have one vote for groundhog. Does the WordPress.com community agree?

What is this?  Is it a gopher?

What is this?  Is it a gopher?

So what do you think this little critter is?

Hampton Beach Sunrise

Usually I don’t go to the ocean for sunrise pics unless the forecast calls for nothing but sun. I don’t want any risk of driving all that way and then not being able to see the sun break the water. After a few successes though, I wanted to try going on a day with some clouds in the hopes of seeing how the sun makes the clouds change color. Sunday’s forecast called for partly cloudy.

It was almost a bust. “Partly” turned out to be “almost completely” except for a little band of sky right on the horizon. If not for that, I would have been screwed. As it was, I only had a few minutes with a visible sun before it hid behind the partly=completely.

Cloudy Sunrise

I may have mentioned it before, but I want to live in one of those houses that the windows light up when the sun rises. I’m sure that once I move into one of those houses it will not live up to expectations as the first time I walk into an East facing room during the sun rise I will have my retinas burned to a crisp and never see light again for the rest of my days.

Still want to live there though.

Hampton Beach Sunrise

Sunrise Windows

The whole point of the sunrise pics is to see the sun rise over the water. Just the water. Nothing else. In that respect, today’s trip was a complete and total failure. Stupid rocks sticking up out of the ocean directly due EastĀ of where I was standing.

Hampton Beach Sunrise

Denied