Best National Parks For Fall Foliage Viewing

Wednesday, October 13, 2010National Park Foundation

Washington, D.C. (October 13, 2010) – Today, the National Park Foundation announced the 2010 ‘Top National Parks for Fall Foliage’ list. Each national park location offers unique ways in which visitors can view the colorful foliage. Whether by water, foot, bicycle or car, however, the dramatic colors of the season are not to be missed.

This year’s list, and the optimal times for foliage viewing, includes:

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - Peak colors are expected through Thanksgiving
Fire Island National Seashore – Peak colors covering the dunes and beach plants expected late October
Flight 93 National Memorial – Peak colors expected second and third week of October
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Peak colors are expected through the third week of October
Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve- Peak colors for Fall wild flowers expected through November
Minute Man National Historical Park - Peak colors expected Columbus Day weekend through October
Olympic National Park - Peak colors expected through October
Timpanogos Cave National Monument - Peak colors expected through October
Yosemite National Park – Peak colors expected late October into November
Blue Ridge Parkway – Peak colors expected mid-to-late October.

Fall foliage seen among the mountains at Yosemite

The announcement is made in partnership with Olympus, the proud sponsor of the Share the Experience photo contest. Submissions are currently being accepted for this year’s best photo of national parks. The grand prize winning photo will be featured on next year’s Federal Recreation Lands Pass and will receive an Olympus PEN E-P2 Digital Camera.

To help amateur photographers make the most of both the Share the Experience contest and individual fall foliage photo documenting, Olympus offered the following tips to park visitors: • Sun hiding behind the clouds? Don’t be disappointed. Colors can often appear more vibrant on an overcast day. This type of even lighting is also great for displaying shadow details.

• Consider different perspectives for each photo. Look up toward the sky and down toward your feet. You’ll be amazed by the number of interesting subjects available beyond eye level.
• Look for the small details. The landscape vistas will be beautiful with fall colors but close-up photos of small objects such as a single leaf or cluster of fall berries can also make for a striking photo.
• Think about backlighting your subjects on a sunny day. Backlighting is when you intentionally place the main light source behind your subject. Pictures of colorful leaves can be very striking when photographed this way. Also, don’t let the sun shine directly into your lens.
• Bring a lens cleaning cloth. When capturing images outside, dust and moisture in the air can build up on the lens’ glass surface. You’ll want to keep it clean so that the light can pass through evenly.

Amateur photographers interested in participating in the contest are invited to submit up to three photos to the Share the Experience website through December 31, 2010. In addition, at the end of the submission period the public will be invited to vote for their favorite photo. Enter by visiting or pick up a brochure and entry form while visiting a Federal Recreation Land this year. Great prizes include: Olympus digital cameras, trips to a federal recreation area, Federal Recreation Lands Passes and more.

ABOUT SHARE THE EXPERIENCE Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America’s national parks and federal recreation lands. Sponsored by Olympus and the National Park Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the Share the Experience Photo Contest showcases the more than 500 million acres of Federal Lands and draws entries from all across the United States.

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