Texas is not known for Fall color, but there are some pretty unique pockets in East Texas, the Hill Country, and out west, especially in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Guadalupe NP is an ecological overlap zone, with at least three different ecosystems – Chihuahuan desert, high mountain pines and fir trees, and in between, isolated canyons with maple trees and other hardwoods that go nuts with fall color. Of these, McKittrick Canyon is the best. You can have the biggest yucca you have ever seen next to a sugar maple. It’s like Vermont and Big Bend got together for a weekend fling and McKittrick Canyon was their love child.
I took this image in McKittrick Canyon a few years back. There is a small stream that runs through the valley floor, and you sometimes get fallen leaves weaving their way through.
Canon 1DS, ISO 200, f/11. .8 seconds. Canon 70-200 mm lens at 200mm. I used a polarizer to cut down glare and reflections, as well as slow down the shutter 2 stops (i.e. from .2 seconds to .8 seconds). And a tripod. Always a tripod. Tripods complete me.
These kinds of images were mighty tough in slide film days, but with digital, you just keep shooting and adjusting your shutter speed (and exposure) until it works. I like this image because of the the combination of some visible leaves mixed with in with the blurs of color.