Each year around the end of September I start watching fall foliage reports. I suspect that most landscape photographers do the same. I usually plan to start my fall photography in the Canaan Valley area around the end of the first week in October. When I checked the West Virginia Foliage Report, I noticed that area of the state was peaking on October 1st, literally 2 days later. I canceled my plans to participate in a Photowalk here in town and quickly changed my hotel reservations. The weather forecast for the weekend was snow, rain, and some fog as a bonus!
The first stop upon arrival and lunch at a favorite location was Dolly Sods. Near the top of the mountain the rain turned to snow and what a treat. In the wooded setting above this was a beautiful sight! At Bear Rocks on the other hand the snow was blowing at about 30mph. Combine that with the Gray Sky of Death and Bear Rocks was not the most photogenic place.
The conditions in Canaan Valley were peak color but certainly not the best color. I’m hoping other areas will have stronger color this year.