Autumn Stroll through Caleb Smith State Park

I've passed Caleb Smith State Park dozens of times on my way to Sweetbriar Nature Center. Until today, I've never checked it out. This morning, Sue and I headed over and I'm glad we did. Once you get a few hundred feet into the park the hum of the highway disappears, and many miles of trails unfold before you.

The first thing photographers should know, is that the gates are locked at sunrise. You can not get in until 8am. This makes it a perfect spot for cloudy days. Although the foliage wasn't at its peak, there was some beautiful fall color around the pond. There were also an abundance of incredible spider webs complete with glistening morning dew.

Here are a few of my favorites along with the camera settings I used with my Canon 4oD.


17-40mm, ISO 100, f22, 2.5 sec



100mm, ISO 100, f10, 1/10th



17-40mm, ISO 100, f8, 1/20th



400mm, ISO 400, f7.1, 1/100


17-40mm, ISO 100, f13, 1.6 secs


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