This past month I had the opportunity to travel all over the state of Maryland, and even PA. From the eastern shore of MD to the south west corner of Pennsylvania, I experienced the best that this amazingly short season has to offer, and of course I brought my camera with me so I could share it here.
My first taste of fall this year was on a drive from to my brother's house in Pennsylvania at Kooser State Park. Sloane and I were on our way to meet our newest niece Amelia, and help celebrate her sisters second birthday with the family. The sun was rising behind us as we drove west, and with stormy skies way off in the distance, the show was fantastic. I first noticed some color as we approached the foothill mountains, near Hagerstown MD. The colors became more vibrant as we headed north into Pennsylvania. We pulled into to my brother's place just as it began to snow.
I had an assignment for a client early in morning in Cumberland MD, so I decided to drive out the night before and camp at Rocky Gap State Park for the night, which was about 5 miles away from where I was needed in the AM. This park has a huge camping area, 279 campsites and cabins. It was almost completely empty, aside from a few RV's and travel trailers. I had an entire loop to myself, and grabbed a spot down near the shore of lake Habeeb.
I had never been here before, but I read that there was a great view from the top of the ridge behind the campsite. So I packed the some dinner and my camera and set out to find it.
After I had eaten, I packed up the gear, turned on the flashlights, and headed back down the mountain. 3.5 miles in the dark takes some time, but it was worth it as always.
I was up early the following morning to catch the sunrise from an overlook a few miles away, this one I was able to drive to. Dan's Rock overlook is part of Dan's Mountain State Park and has an incredible view of the mountains in western Maryland.
On my way back, I stopped at Green Ridge State Forest, to check out some camping spots and see the colors from an overlook on the Potomac river.
The following day I was in Cambridge, MD on the eastern shore to photograph another event. I brought along the Folbot and was able to get a few hours of paddling in on some tidal water. It was fantastic to be in a small, snaking estuary again. It was very reminiscent of paddling around Charleston, although a bit colder.
The last weekend in October, Sloane and I took a ride to northern Maryland to hike at Rocks State Park, and see some more fall colors. We stopped at Killgore falls, the second highest free falling waterfall in MD, which is only 17ft. This park is very accessible, so of course there were lots of people, but I was able to get some shots with out any folks in them.
Afterwards we took a hike up a small mountain to an overlook that had a pretty spectacular view.