Last Sunday I took a long overdue trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway to try to capture some fall colors. It was crowded but not as bad as I had worried that it would be. I'm not sure if I was a little early or a little late. There seemed to be no reds. I spotted this red tree out of the corner of my eye and had to drive a few miles and double back to get it. As I was coming up to the off road another car with a lady and two young girls, apparently doing senior portraits, pulled in and took advantage of the autumn scene. They were backlit and the photographer didn't seem to be doing anything to help that. Oh well.
The light in general was harsh as I managed to get there at the middle of the day. But backlighting seemed to make the autumn colors glow a little.
At the highest elevation that I visited there were few leaves. Around milepost 35 it seemed like I was lower down in the valley and the color picked up spectacularly. Unfortunately there were few opportunities to pull of the increasingly busy road. I would have liked to get inside the woods and catch the sun shining in on the yellows. But I got a few decent views and even one with people.
All in all it was a nice, pleasant drive and I got some scouting done for next year. Check out my gallery at HERE
Thanks, as always for looking.