Pic of the Week 10/20/16: Ouachita Autumn
Date Taken: 11/8/14
Location: Sugarloaf Vista on Talimena Scenic Byway OK/AR
Fall is here and our peak color is just a few short weeks away. I am planning a trip to the Chikisaw National Recreation Area on October 30th. Weather permitting this should be during the peak of the fall color down here. As I was preparing for this trip I started to think back on some of my past fall foliage excursions. While I still haven't been to the northeast or Colorado for fall colors I did not come up short. One of my personal favorite trips was to eastern, OK and Arkansas along the Talimena Scenic Byway. The Talimena Scenic Byway (The Byway) is a 54 mile highway that rides along the crest of Winding Stair and Rich mountains in the Ouachita National Forest. It is well known for its spectacular autumn foliage. This particular photo was captured along a pull off near Dead Man vista. The colors right here were amazing. Trees of gold, orange, red were sprinkled between the evergreen trees following up along the hill. I shot a wider angle of the photo showing the top of the hill, but I didn't feel like it captured just how many different colors were in the forest. So I switched lenses and opted for a telephoto image. The lens choice brought the trees in the distance closer to the trees in the foreground, compressing the photo making the forest appear to go infinitely. It was a great trip and we followed the byway into Arkansas photographing the amazing panoramic views from mountain tops. I would love to return again.
Ouachita Autumn © Ben Jacobi