Fall foliage season is upon us. It’s time to share some tips so you can head to your favorite grove of deciduous trees and capture them in all their glory. The sound of shutters will temporarily interfere with the whistling of gentle breezes that cause leaves to detach themselves from their summer homes. It’s a time of year when landscape photographers feel their adrenalin pump and await the arrival of reds, yellows, oranges and a morning chill in the air. If you’ve read this far, capturing nature’s arboreal fireworks is of interest to you. Read on to see what you can do to make your autumn captures as spectacular as the displays of color you’ll encounter.
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Journey to North Carolina in autumn, and follow our fall color across the state. Take America’s Favorite Drive on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway or enjoy some fishing from our historic piers and tranquil surf. See vibrant colors soar above you at the Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville or swirl around you at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh. You can even sample local color and delicacies at the Lexington Barbecue Festival. No matter what you do, you’ll find our fall color reaches far beyond the towering trees.
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Each fall a wave of brilliant colors starts in the mountains, rolls across central, urban landscapes and eventually washes out at the coast. If you time it right, you can surf its entire length. Leaf-peeping season usually starts mid-September in the mountains and can last into November on the coast. In all regions, the first trees you’ll see turn color are usually sourwoods and black gums, but what color you’ll see is up to chance. Sweet gums may be reddish-purple or yellow while sassafras may be yellow, red, orange or even purple. Regardless of the color, your best views will come from hiking trails.
via Fall Foliage Hikes.