Autumn in Shenandoah National Park

Last week, I set out to Shenandoah National Park to capture the area during peak autumn conditions. The park definitely delivered some epic views, both grand in nature and others that took a deeper inspection.

Here is just one day in the park, starting out at the lookouts and White Oak Canyon in the north end of the park.

 

Autumn colored trees shake in the wind and cover the hills leading towards the Shenandoah Valley

Autumn colored trees shake in the wind and cover the hills leading towards the Shenandoah Valley

 

The sun basks the hills of the Shenandoah during an autumn sunrise

The sun basks the hills of the Shenandoah during an autumn sunrise

After sunrise, the sun continued to softly light the scene. These sun rays highlighted distant peaks that look like small undulations when viewed from far away:

Rays of sun beam down on distant Shenandoah hills just past sunrise in Shenandoah National Park

Rays of sun beam down on distant Shenandoah hills just past sunrise in Shenandoah National Park

 

I then ventured into White Oak Canyon to shoot some of the waterfalls and streams. I purposefully waited for the late afternoon when light mists filled the forest. This helped to cool down the highlights from the sun and saturate the foliage:

Rapids from White Oak Canyon find separate ways through the rock before reconnecting

Rapids from White Oak Canyon find separate ways through the rock before reconnecting

 

Eddies are commonly found in waterfalls as water collects in sidepaths on its way down the canyon. White Oak is no exception. I used some creative perspective techniques and threw in some leaves to fill the blank canvas in the middle of the frame:

Water spins leaves in circles as it rushes down the Lower Falls of White Oak Canyon

Water spins leaves in circles as it rushes down the Lower Falls of White Oak Canyon

 

 

The top of Lower Falls of White Oak Canyon is calm in water flow, but daunting as one looks over the edge. Nevertheless, a gorgeous sight as the river tumbles down the edge and towards the autumn-colored forest.

A gorgeous view of fall foliage from the top of Lower Falls of White Oak Canyon, Shenandoah National Park

A gorgeous view of fall foliage from the top of Lower Falls of White Oak Canyon, Shenandoah National Park

On my way out of the park, it continued raining and storming. I love the brooding look of storm clouds and mist and had to pull over to capture these ubiquitous but undeniably moving scenes. I really hope to own a house in mountains like these one day:

Storm Clouds in Shenandoah

Storm Clouds in Shenandoah

 

Thanks for looking, and I appreciate your comments 🙂 Happy autumn!

 

One thought on “Autumn in Shenandoah National Park

  1. so lovely! hope you are stiayng grounded in this winter weather … we just had more snow and talk is for another storm on sunday. sigh. all we can do is make snowmen and drink cocoa!much lovelis

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