A friend and I drove down to Allegany State Park this past weekend. Of course, our expectations were to photograph the wonderful fall foliage that you would expect this time of year. Nothing could have been further from the truth. It seems like such a strange year for color this fall.
As we took the two hour drive down to the park, we observed everything from the leaves hardly changing, to "near peak", to past peak, to blah. But none of the vibrant reds and oranges that we had set out for.
Instead of calling it a wash and a complete disappointment, we made the best of what we were dealt. We made a stop and wandered around the Zippo / Case Museum located in Bradford, PA. (I almost bought a new pocket knife, but resisted the temptation). Had a nice lunch while we were down there, and of course talked about photography and the like.
The day wasn't a total bust photographically either. Since there wasn't any foliage to speak of, we just needed to switch gears a bit. The image below was taken at a little stream we stopped at en route to the park:
And another shot I'm fond of is the covered pedestrian bridge located in the park:
So even when things don't go as planned, make the best of it.