Friday, October 24, 2014

Skyline Drive - Autumn Report #5

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 

Mountain overlooks can be breathtaking in person, but photos rarely capture the experience. For that reason I seldom bother to photograph from an overlook. This east facing overlook on the Skyline Drive with a field of autumn color in the foreground framing the distant valley shrouded in clouds provided the exception.

Hope you have a colorful weekend, and thanks for reading Photography In Place.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skyline Drive - Autumn Report #4

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 

The trail to Dark Hollow Falls follows Hogcamp Branch, a small mountain stream that creates the falls. It is an easy hike, less than a mile and a half round trip from the Skyline Drive.

There were plenty of people on the trail with cameras, and a couple of serious photographers with professional looking equipment carrying tripods. It struck me as curious that not one person stopped to look or photograph along the trail. They were interested in the falls, their destination, not the path to it.  I never made it to the falls. The woods and stream along the trail were so beautiful that I stopped to take pictures every few feet until I ran out of time and had to turn back. Dark Hollow Falls will be there for me another day.

 Hogcamp Branch

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Skyline Drive - Autumn Report #3

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

The predominate colors along the Skyline Drive were yellow, orange and gold the afternoon I was there. Very little red was visible. These maple leaves are in the process of turning from green to yellow to red. I expect to be back in the mountains during the next couple of days. Maybe I'll see more red.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Skyline Drive - Autumn Report #1

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

My first stop, after entering the Skyline Drive at the Swift Run Gap entrance which is close to my home, was an east facing overlook where this tree in full autumn color caught my eye. The afternoon was cloudy with sun poking through now and again, creating some nice lighting. Last week and weekend were probably the peak of the fall colors on the mountain, although there is still plenty of green in the lower elevations. The past couple of days have been windy, and a lot of leaves have come down.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn colors

Greene County, Virginia 

The photo above was taken day before yesterday (Tuesday) just as it was starting to rain. We have had plenty of rain here the past couple of weeks, and along with the cooler weather the leaves are putting out their fall colors.

In the higher elevations, where it is cooler, the leaves are even more colorful so yesterday I drove up the mountain and spent the afternoon along the Skyline Drive photographing the foliage. The leaves in this part of the Shenandoah National Park are near their peak, and the trees were gorgeous.

Next week I will be reporting on the autumn colors on the Skyline Drive. Hope you will stop in for a visit. Thanks for reading Photography In Place.