For the past 18 years, I have hungered to see fall colors in the wilds; their natural habitats, rather than simply in planted trees as it is here in the Dallas area.
So over the past weekend, my wife and I embarked on a Fall Color Chase expedition.
The strategies are both similar to and opposite from regular storm chasing. Similar because it truly involves estimating the best position in a region to intercept the best peak colors for that date.
Opposite, because of course, regular storm chasing entails getting out of the trees and hills to view our vast open sky. Peak leaf chasing entails going into the hills and woods to see the colors.
After contacting both Southern Oklahoma and Fayetteville AR Chambers of Commerce, I estimated the area just NW of Mena, AR to have the best possibility.
So, on Saturday, we spent most of the day savoring a most sacred beauty. Following are more catches:
Making love with fiery maple leaves – near Mena AR
Merging Colors – Queen Wilhelmina State Park, AR
Queen Wilhelmina State Park, AR
Along the Talimena National Parkway, OK
Talimena National Park, OK
Amazing Array of Color, Along Talimena National Byway, OK
What a joy it was to see this amazing splashing of colors in the wilds. Captured along the Queen Wilhelmina Park Road, AR
Trees look frosted with gold, as Oaks turn color. View looks back on the road we took to get to this point as it cuts across the mountain. Filmed in Talimena National Byway, OK.
In this breath taking view, various fall colors pepper the mountain side. Photo taken on Talimena National Byway, OK