This fall season threw its own unique curve ball to the foliage chasers. Things started as usual with a few cold nights but it quickly warmed back up and progress slowed down and almost stalled. Late summer and early fall were a bit dry too and it seemed like the leaves were drying up and falling before really reaching their colorful glory.
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Then it all mostly recovered though. Some rain, some more colder weather, and we got colors after all. Maybe not as bold as in some of the past years but beautiful to look at anyway. And I will admit, despite being a big fan of black and white photography, I do take a bit of a break from it in the fall and think color. It is hard not to as it is all around. It is also the last opportunity for a while. It's the opposite of "the silence before the storm". This is the storm before the silence. Once the last leaf falls we dive into the Season of Gray that can feel endless. At least here in Western New York it will be 6 months before we see the cheery greens and yellows of spring.
I may not enjoy getting up early but I do enjoy arriving at my chosen destination before sunrise and more importantly before other people. Having a beautiful slice of our world just to myself feels great and provides a great counterbalance to the hustle and bustle of our lives. And if it is still so dark that pulling out a camera is pointless it encourages quiet contemplation.
Glow of a cloudy dawn at Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora near Buffalo, NY
After a bit of walking, thinking, breathing, and just overall enjoyment of the surroundings the sun got things under way. And as it was a cloudy morning it played right into the mood of the morning. Clouds filter the light nicely and bathe the landscape in less contrasty diffused light that illuminates everything more evenly. The clouds themselves also provide for a nice moody backdrop too.
Colorful Knox Farm State Park Alley in the Fall, East Aurora, NY near Buffalo, NY
I really love this tree alley and the road going through but since I've been there so many times I also enjoy looking for new takes. Sometimes I find them, sometimes I leave satisfied with a variation or two on old ones. On this occasion I walked a little bit further down the road, turned around, and stepped to the side. An all new view emerged!
Fall Colors at Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora, NY near Buffalo, NY
So there you have it, that's what's still out there if you rush out quickly. Yes, we're now past peak and losing colors with each day but there is still plenty to enjoy. No worries, the couch will still be there next week!
Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy
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