Trips: 16 Days In Shenandoah - Autumn 2011

The majestic fall season in Shenandoah National Park can give way quickly to winter. Here are some photos that reflect that transformation, from the early colors of the berry bushes in Big Meadows, to the fall splendor in White Oak Canyon, to an early snow even as fall's last leaves flash their splendor. At the right elevation color can still be found even after a 9 inch snow along Skyline Drive. Here is a sampling of what Shenandoah offered from October 14 to November 1, 2011.

A heavy layer of fog shrouds Big Meadows, saturating the rich red colors of the huckleberry, blueberry and deerberry bushes that...

A heavy layer of fog shrouds Big Meadows, saturating the rich red colors of the huckleberry, blueberry and deerberry bushes that have taken root in Big Meadows. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

In autumn, the berry bushes that nourish birds and wildlife in summer, provide a rich red carpet in autumn.

In autumn, the berry bushes that nourish birds and wildlife in summer, provide a rich red carpet in autumn. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A fallen tree decays slowly among the berry bushes that color Big Meadows in autumn.

A fallen tree decays slowly among the berry bushes that color Big Meadows in autumn. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

There are few more magical experiences than an autumn hike to the numerous waterfalls along the Whiteoak Canyon trail during...

There are few more magical experiences than an autumn hike to the numerous waterfalls along the Whiteoak Canyon trail during peak foliage and following heavy rains. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

One of my my popular photographs, Whiteoak Fall, features a rushing cascade of high water and the rich autumn yellows of witch...

One of my my popular photographs, Whiteoak Fall, features a rushing cascade of high water and the rich autumn yellows of witch hazel, maple and beech that epitomize the beauty of Shenandoah National Park in fall. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Fall's Rush Along the Whiteoak Canyon.

Fall's Rush Along the Whiteoak Canyon. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

After a week of heavy rain, Whiteoak Waterfalls roars through and down this autumn canyon surrounded by autumn's fading colors...

After a week of heavy rain, Whiteoak Waterfalls roars through and down this autumn canyon surrounded by autumn's fading colors. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A red maple glows in the autumn light by Hazel Mountain Overlook.

A red maple glows in the autumn light by Hazel Mountain Overlook. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Layers of colorful trees create a sense of unending color.  But in only a few days, the temperatures will drop significantly...

Layers of colorful trees create a sense of unending color. But in only a few days, the temperatures will drop significantly and strong winds will take their toll. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Attractive in every season, this great maple stands guard along Skyline Drive.

Attractive in every season, this great maple stands guard along Skyline Drive. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Layers of light and shadow cross the mountain vista to the west of the Point overlook.

Layers of light and shadow cross the mountain vista to the west of the Point overlook. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Hogcamp Branch of the Rose River offers a small but beautiful waterfall in the fading fall.

Hogcamp Branch of the Rose River offers a small but beautiful waterfall in the fading fall. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The waters may have diminished but the fall foliage that adorns this gorge below Dark Hollow Falls makes this a serene and beautiful...

The waters may have diminished but the fall foliage that adorns this gorge below Dark Hollow Falls makes this a serene and beautiful place to pause and think. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

The grasses below the oak on Tanner Ridge provide a hint of color on this foggy late autumn day.

The grasses below the oak on Tanner Ridge provide a hint of color on this foggy late autumn day. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A heavy layer of fog has settled over the drive into Lewis Mountain as just a few of fall's oak leaves remain.

A heavy layer of fog has settled over the drive into Lewis Mountain as just a few of fall's oak leaves remain. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A red maple holds onto just a few of its final colorful leaves, a final reminder of fall, as winter's first snow arrives.

A red maple holds onto just a few of its final colorful leaves, a final reminder of fall, as winter's first snow arrives. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A long hike through the deepenig snow to Baldface Mountain Overlook is a study in serenity and the awareness that comes from...

A long hike through the deepenig snow to Baldface Mountain Overlook is a study in serenity and the awareness that comes from being entirely alone. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

 

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A dusting of snow covers the autumn branches.

A dusting of snow covers the autumn branches. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

A dusting of snow hangs on the branches, highlighting falls' final colorful splash.

A dusting of snow hangs on the branches, highlighting falls' final colorful splash. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Autumn's colorful foliage clings to the trees in the valleys and slopes west of the Point Overlook below Shenandoah's peaks...

Autumn's colorful foliage clings to the trees in the valleys and slopes west of the Point Overlook below Shenandoah's peaks, accented by last night's surprise snow. Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.

Photo © copyright by Ed Fuhr.