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The Fleeting Fall Colors

The fleeting fall colors

It seems that fall colors are not as brilliant as they were 60 years ago. We no longer seem to have the rain in September and the cold crisp days to build the colors in the leaves. Fortunately, there are some persimmon trees that ripen before a frost!

Searching for fall colors

I started searching for color in early October and found only a few hints of color, but the potential for a colorful fall seemed good. We had traveled to the Tell City area and the trees were starting to turn, but a trip a week later to the Evansville area to photograph some more trees for our book found very little color. I ventured to Brown County State Park one morning in early October and found a hint of color at Ogle Lake.

The colors did not seem to progress at a steady rate although we had some rain, but it was probably too late to affect fall colors. My next trip to Brown County was at the end of October when I discovered the trees were turning, but still they were not at their peak. These three photos show the developing the colors. You can see that different parts of the park were progressing faster than others.

The promise of fall Brown County SP IN
The promise of fall Brown County SP IN
A changing of color in the valley Brown County SP IN
A changing of color in the valley Brown County SP IN

A backroad adventure

After talking to a painter at a gallery who had visited the area around Williams a few days earlier, I decided to plot a trip south. I found a road called Ridge Road. If the name were true, I should find some great photo opportunities from a ridge top. I drove a good distance from near Avoca to Williams on backroads, but never saw enough color to pull off the road and shoot. I explored around the Williams dam and then decided to head south on Highway 450 that is quite twisty and runs along a ridge top through Trinity Springs. Again, no color. I arrived at the Shoals Overlook and found some color along the river. There were also some white sycamore trees against the fall colors that caught my attention. I love sycamore trees as they used to line Leatherwood Creek where I played with my friends and fished with my dad.

Sycamores against fall colors Martin County IN
Sycamores against fall colors Martin County IN
Fall color on the East Fork of the White RIver Martin County IN
Fall color on the East Fork of the White RIver Martin County IN

Disappointed, I decided to return home, but first a stop at Applacres to replenish our supply of pumpkin butter! I was hoping they would have some Melrose apples, but it must be too early. A candy apple was very tempting, but decided it would be too messy to eat in the car. I had thoughts of making a few more stops on my way home, so I also passed on some fresh apple cider ̶ the sacrifices one must make for a photograph!

Peak Colors!

It seems that all fall the weather was either cloudy or rainy. I decided to venture out one last time to Brown County State Park on a day that was supposed to have plenty of sunshine. It was cloudy, but not a solid gray as I had found on most days. The trees were in peak color throughout the park. Unfortunately, we had some heavy rain the next few days and lost of most of the leaves.

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Waiting…

Now, it is a waiting game for hoar frost and snow. I will still search for some interesting photos in the naked forest and I will turn my attention to photographing Sandhill Cranes. They are moving south and I love to watch and photograph them.

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