Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fall Color

I had planned on taking the third week of October off. We were going to do some day trips to view the autumn leaves. Typically around the 3rd week in October is the peak time. However, the last minute trip to China changed those plans. So Saturday we packed up the cameras and drove to Pine Mountain State Park to see what color we could find.

Rachael gets into the spirit too. Since Kristin and I both enjoy taking pictures we got a little (pink) camera for Rachael last Christmas. She enjoys it, and does a pretty good job of mimicking her mother and father when they are taking photos.

Although her favorite part of the day was stopping at the playground for a while.

There was still a lot of green. Pictures of the mountainsides show some color, but not yet at the peak when entire hills are nothing but red, orange, and yellow.

I did a few pictures of trees showing some color. When a single tree could be isolated from the green background the pictures turned out better.

This was a shot that I did not have high expectations for, but I am quite pleased with the results.

The best photos came from closeups of the leaves themselves. There were patches of vibrant color and textures. And the blue sky made for an excellent background.

And finally, during one stop we were looking out over a ridge. There were several Turkey Vultures flying around. That is not uncommon in this area, we see these birds often. I liked this shot showing the bird flying in front of the colored mountainside.

It was a nice way to spend the day. April and October are my favorite months in Kentucky. Unfortunately I will be gone most of October this year. At least we had one day before I leave to get out and take in the beauty of the area.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Beautiful time of year. Our leaves are at their peak now, too. So pretty. You know, they've probably outlawed those 1982 lawsuit-waiting playground slides everywhere except Kentucky now. :-p