Friday, October 28, 2016

Macro shots of fall foliage in Shenandoah National Park

Last weekend we took a trip out to Front Royal, Virginia to take a ride down Skyline Drive. The fall foliage was said to be peaking in various areas and we try not to miss it every year. The views were stunning and many of the areas of the park were indeed ablaze with color. 

In addition to taking photos of the overlook and roadside views and milkweed seeds, I also wanted to try some macros and other close up shots. These are some of the results:

Not sure what kind of tree this is, but the leaves were bright yellow.

These were turning red and burgundy, so pretty

Flower seems to be a bit out of focus on this one

Amazing how things change along the ride. Some of the thistles were still purple, others had gone to sleep for the winter

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Snapping pics of milkweed in Shenandoah National Park

There is an abundance of milkweed in the Shenandoah National Park. In the summer it attracts beautiful bugs and butterflies. In the fall, the milkweed starts to go to seed. 

While there are still some bugs and caterpillars around, as the cooler temps come in, there is a lot less activity than there was in the summer. While the milkweed turns brown and dries out, I find it to be so beautiful.

Related posts:

Chasing butterflies on Skyline Drive (part 1)
Chasing butterflies on Skyline Drive (part 2)