You need to see Niagara Falls this Autumn. Wow! Put on those dark glasses, the color is blinding.
It was an overcast day, yet the sun did peek through the clouds to give a warm golden glow to Niagara Falls State Parks. Shadows were soft and the color vibrated. I only had my P510 along since I was not expecting to see such color in the trees.
You might live near a place where leaf peeping tourism helps stimulate the local economy. I never really viewed Niagara Falls as that type of place, but this year is a different story. See the peepers?
I was not even sure after coming back from Pennsylvania where Autumn leaves draw visitors from around the country, that with our horrendous drought this spring and summer we would even have an autumn show. Look at the garden below at Whirlpool Park’s visitors center. That is some color. My own garden is glowing and still has many flowers.
I guess I was wrong about us not getting a Fall show because these leaves turned almost overnight. I was talking to another photographer (shown with his camera and tripod above) and he said the same thing, they weren’t like this yesterday.
While traveling around Europe the last three years, I did notice that they seem to have fewer deciduous species of trees than do we in the US. I have been to Europe at this time of year in 2014 and 2015, and never have seen colors as bright or vibrant.
Global warming does have an effect on our trees in the Northern hemisphere in that “rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere delay the usual autumn spectacle of changing colors and falling leaves in northern hardwood forests, and increase forest productivity.” (source)
We are lucky up here in the North Eastern US because we have the best states to go leaf-peeping with the most brightly colored autumn leaf changes. Western NY has better places to visit like The Lake Erie Wine Trail, but just having returned from there, I can’t say it compares with what we have here this year. Also the Finger Lakes area and Letchworth are a popular spot. See where I was in western NY and PA on Nature and Wildlife Pics. You might pick up some photography tips.
Many go on up to Canada, shown above, but as you see in this post, we are the same as across the bridge.
Drive through upstate NY, the fall foliage paints the landscape with vibrant yellows, oranges and reds, creating picturesque settings throughout the region. With colorful mountains stretching for miles Upstate, there are plenty of places to experience fall foliage in New York.
The Adirondacks are spectacular. It has 6 million square miles, over 3000 lakes with one of my favorite, Lake George. My husband worked here for months. The Adirondacks have miles and miles of rivers and streams with viewing spots atop mountains where one can see for miles. It is an impressive show in the Adirondacks for sure.
Of course, NY has the Catskills where one can visit the five state lookout and see into New Hampshire, Vermont, NY, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. I lived up in New England for a time and this is a spectacular viewing place since all those states get great color too.
While we get nice Autumn color, we don’t have the mountains and lakes of other parts of New York.
They also list Central and Western New York. I have always wanted to take that balloon ride at Letchworth in Western New York. I can bet that would be quite exhilarating.
In the next post, we are still looking at Autumn color, but with my D750 and a macro lens. We are also looking at fall leaves in a different way. Then the following post I use a wide-angle lens on the D750. What do you think changes?