Foliage, Waterfalls, & Covered Bridges: A Western Maine Adventure

On this multi-day adventure you will photograph the breathtaking autumn colors, the cascading waterfalls, and the distinguished covered bridges in an area that Yankee Magazine ranks among the top destinations for fall foliage.

Photo by Diane Nelson, 2016 participant

October 9-14, 2017  Fee $850, includes first and last nights dinners, (not including lodging & other meals, see below) (Discounts for non-photographing companions are offered on an individual basis.) Group size is limited to 16.

Your photography guide will lead you to the areas best shooting spots, help you with composition and camera handling techniques, and offer you ways to expand your photographic eye. There will be individual review of your images in the field and at the lodge, as well as many group discussions. All skill levels and all camera types are welcome.

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As you journey through the region on our daily scenic  excursions there will be other photo opportunities with meandering streams, stunning river valleys, impressive mountain vistas, gorges, farms, quaint New England villages, and possibly some wildlife. This area is on the eastern edge of the White Mountains and is rich in geographical beauty with the Mahoosuc Mountain Range, Grafton Notch, Maine Public Reserve Lands, and the Androscoggin River Valley.

Most of the waterfalls that you will visit have easy accessibility with only a couple that require a hike in. The longest being about 1-mile. Once you receive more detail information, participants can choose whether or not to engage in certain activities, however, none of the waterfalls hikes are highly difficult. They are all rated as easy to moderate.

There will be free-time planned into the schedule; explore or return to shooting locations on your own or; perhaps a drive into the town of Bethel to walk the national historic district, visit the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum or the Bethel Historical Society Museum, peruse the Maine-made craft shops, art galleries, and antique shops, or go apple picking, or drive over to Mt. Washington, or if a little rest is called for, spend some spa time at the lodge.

Registration: Contact us for a registration form. Fill it out and send along with a minimum deposit of $150. Your balance is due 90 days before the tour date. Payment can be in cash, check, or online with the Book Now button, which, requires 100% payment and will have a 3% convenience charge by the booking company. See below for lodging reservation information.

Cancellation Policy: If you have to cancel your registration more than 90 days before the start of the event, your tour fee will be refunded to you, minus a $150 processing fee. If you cancel less than 90 days before the start of the event, your tour fee (minus a $150 processing fee) will be refunded only if we are able to fill your slot in the program. We suggest that you purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Accommodations: Jordan Lodge at Sunday River Ski Resort, (1-800- 207-2365), is in a very remote, beautiful location with an extremely helpful staff. Amenities include; restaurant, café, pub, heated outdoor pool, 2 pool side hot tubs, sauna, steam room, exercise room, spa services such as massage for an extra fee.

Our very generous, special group rates for lodging start at $102 (plus tax) for a standard double queen room or studio, $124 (plus tax) for one bedroom suite. Other room options may be available. All hotel deposit and cancellation policies apply. Once you register for this multi-day adventure you will be given more lodging info and a code to use for making your reservation.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 – arrival, orientation, slide discussion, meet and greet dinner,

Day 2 – head out after breakfast to our furthest shooting location, lunch, explore villages, rivers, and covered bridges, dinner, downloading session

Day 3 –free time; private meetings with Dee, or explore, lunch, group discussion, shoot mid day and late afternoon light, dinner, social time

Day 4 – early morning shoot, breakfast out, more shooting, lunch, free time; shoot, download, or meetings with Dee, night shooting in town, dinner

Day 5 – breakfast, location shooting, late lunch, free time, group celebration & farewell dinner

Day 6 – breakfast, departure

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