Isle LaMotte October
I drove up to Vermont’s Champlain Islands for a meeting this week and was hoping to take some scenic photos along the way. Unfortunately, the weather turned rainy and gloomy as soon as I arrived. Still, the orange and yellow leaves against the gray sky looked so beautiful in Isle La Motte (top) and Grand Isle (bottom).

Fall Champlain Islands

3 Comments

  • Hello Erica;

    There was a period when I spent lots of time in Isle La Motte. The place I visited was site of the original island post office (also a tavern)for the island and in the years of open touring cars it became a summer destination for visitors from New York and Boston. The old pictures of men dressed in coats and ties heading out to fish and families sitting under tents eating meals at tables decked with china, silverware and crystal seemed odd for Vermont at that time.

    There was a barn on the property and when I first entered it, I questioned the rafters being packed with dried bean plants. I later found that the island was long ago known as Bean Island as a chief crop was beans grown during wartime.

    It was an island of large white pine trees when Samuel de Champlain arrived and I learned that these pines were often cut in the fall and then when the lake froze they were dragged onto the lake with horses, bound together and then in spring floated to Burlington to a growing lumber industry.

    There are many “little” places in Vermont that have great stories that I hope don’t get lost.

    George Africa
    The Vermont Gardener

  • Hi George,

    Isle La Motte is such a special place. It feels like a different world out there. I love the story about the pine trees being floated to Burlington. You’re right, there are so many incredible stories out there.

    Erica

  • Hi Erica, Love the top shot of the barn and awesome orange maple. I think you should create a watermark for your shots though because even though you tell them that they are copyright protected they still right click on them (the picture) and take them home.
    Also this wonderful picture is way to large and I could make a good 8×10 of it if I was so moved. Love the stories and the photography.
    I tend to blog about all of New England so I have trouble being so thorough. Good job…

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