Fall color in 2014 off of Hwy. 51 north of Marble Hill, MO. (Source: Mary Rowe)
This is a beautiful time of year in the Heartland. The weather is cooler and less humid. The lawns and chores are finally slowing down, and the leaves are beginning to take on their autumn colors.
As a landscape photographer I've been to the Rockies, to Upper Michigan of course to the Smoky Mountains in search of fall color. But there are plenty of fall "photo ops" right here in our area too.
Among the best locations I've found are Heron Pond in the Cache River region of southern Illinois and the Wild and Scenic Rivers of southeast Missouri.
Another spot that deserves a look is Reelfoot Lake in northwest Tennessee. The cypress trees, which are always interesting, turn a bright rust color which contrasts nicely with the cool colors of the lake itself.
Although we all love sunny fall days, as a photographer I prefer days with calm winds (so the leaves don't move) and clouds (to reduce contrast.)
If you've got a favorite fall color spot, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org (if you don't mind sharing your secret).