Festival of Leaves 2021 ~ Week # 1 The Dogwoods First

For week number one there is not much color. If you check out The Fall Foliage Prediction Map (see link at the end of this post) you will notice that in our area of Virginia there is minimal color for week one. But this is only the second day of autumn, so I feel confident we will get there. I only had yesterday to capture images for week #1 so I was rather limited. On top of everything else it poured down rain for most of the day.

I had a doctors appointment and near my doctor is the entrance to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park so I hopped on to try to find a trace amount of color for today’s post but The Drive was so loaded with debris, from what I assume was a micro-burst that it made traveling and stopping difficult. I had to sway from one lane to another to avoid the downed branches. Fortunately it was a rainy Wednesday in September not any day in October, so the traffic was extremely light and, for the most part, I could drive in whichever lane had the least debris.

I did notice on my outing, that as always, the dogwood and the walnut trees are among the first to lose their green.

I love autumn so I am hosting the 2021 Festival of Leaves Challenge. I will post every Thursday and I invite everyone to join in any time through the week for any or all weeks.

This challenge usually runs about 10-12 weeks, with the last week being a wrap up. You can link up here or on any of the individual weeks. Be sure to tag your post Festival of Leaves so it is easy to find in the reader.

See more of my autumn images by clicking here:A Lingering Look at Autumn

To help guide you through the season check out these helpful links:
Fall Foliage Prediction Map

Techniques for Fall Color Photography

26 thoughts on “Festival of Leaves 2021 ~ Week # 1 The Dogwoods First

  1. Yay for the official start to the festival of leaves, Dawn! Once the temps get consistently close to 30s. the sap stops running and the leaf fall begins. In Sacramento, it was always a slow start and the Autumn peak was around Thanksgiving. Here in Spokane, WA, the peak is in mid-October. I’ll link up Sunday with “Signs of Autumn” for Sunday Stills. Thanks for hosting again!


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  3. Hi Tina

    Your masthead image for this challenge is amazing – so vibrant and alive with light! All of your other selections have a very painterly vibe which I really really like. The stained glass from Israel is especially shimmery. Well done.

    Here’s my offering with Mute Swans and artificial light, but not in the same photo:

    Mute Swan Pair Flying in Tandem

    Best, Babsje


  4. Ok. Let me see if my computer still has that original comment. If not I can recreate it when I’m back on the laptop. Working on the second cup of coffee so it should be safe to comment. 😊


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  7. Hi Dawn

    I’m happy that you are once again hosting the annual Festival of Leaves. Thank you for hosting!

    I adore your lead photo of the Monarch Butterfly on the yellow flowers and I especially like the tunnel-like effect in your photo of the Dogwood and Walnut trees.. Well captured!

    The is my Festival of Leaves offering, with a Great Blue Heron, a big fish, and water:

    Beautiful Great Blue Heron in Autumn and a Large Mouth Bass

    (Also, I’m sorry that my comment from Saturday’s posting went awol!)

    Best, Babsje


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  9. How lovely that you are hosting this once more. Cornwall doesn’t really do autumn well, there aren’t many trees especially around me and it is usually wet and windy. Saying that I shall see what I can find.


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