I have a lot of fall color photography from the last 35 years. Great groups of aspens on a mountainside, full frame images of hillsides in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, aspen lined canyons in the Oregon desert, and much more from many places.
On my last trip to the Great Smoky Mountains teaching a photography workshop with my friend Lewis Kemper during fall color, it was a warm, wet fall and the big landscapes weren’t that great.
I have been here to this overlook at Dallas Divide in Colorado many times and it is amazing….and usually crowded in fall.
During my visits the weather has been ‘perfect’ and other times sunny. What I mean is that one time the sky was so clear, it was hot, and it just was not that great compared to this visit when a storm was passing through and even leaving a dusting of snow on the mountains.
I love photographing in crappy weather! Some of my best or maybe favorite images happened when the weather sucked.
When it is overcast or even raining, specular highlights created by the sun give way to diffused highlights from the overcast. Scene contrast is lowered and colors become more vibrant.
Photographing this image made me realize that fall color that we all love and cherish photographing, is not all about trees.
While I was photographing the amazing aspens in Colorado, I found amazing color closer to the ground.
These plant species, as best as I recall, were not more than 5-6″ across from left side the right side and literally were ground cover.
I dont know what they are but it look to me that they were having their own fall color transformation. The icing on the cake so to speak, literally, is that light coating of frost that added the edges and some white sparkles to the leaves.