07 Oct 15 . Took a trip over Hwy 2 today to get some fruit from a farm we visit annually for apples for applesauce, and this year also pears, just outside Leavenworth, WA. $33 in gas and $28.50 in ferry fares to get $40 of fruit. I think we may need to re-evaluate the economy of this approach. In the process I also shot a couple hundred frames of fall color one of which I'm sharing today and a few dozen of spawning salmon, plus a set of a pair of waterfalls, the pair being upper and lower. Now, just for those of you in western WA, the colors on the eastern side of Stevens Pass, between the summit and Leavenworth, are between peak and past peak, and in some areas spent. But if you make the trip in the next couple of days you will find it worth the drive. In addition, the Wenatchee River is full of spawning salmon and if you are patient you can enjoy a real show in the extreme shallows. The shot for today was taken at roadside of Nason Creek Pond, walking distance from the only rest stop between the summit and Leavenworth There is no warning for the pond and one can drive right by it and never see it, but we "discovered" it about 8 years ago and have been photographing it yearly since. This pond is at peak color, and to show off what can be seen if your timing is right, this is virtually straight from the camera. Not all the area is in such color, and one of the things I've tried to shoot each year, the ground cover on the mountainsides was way past peak, with the majority of the mountainsides mostly bare plants although there were spots here and there that still had some acceptable color. Fall has apparently come earlier than normal this year but that has also been the case for Spring and Summer, so we should have taken that into consideration and made are annual trip 7 - 10 days ago.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality and that was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/125 sec @ f / 8.