Over the last couple of years, my lovely wife has begun taking a "girls" trip with some of her friends to Cancun, Mexico in mid-November. So while she's basking in the sun on the beach, I'm stuck here in dreary stick season in East Central Indiana. What's a poor temporary-bachelor photographer to do? Uh-huh. Road Trip.
Since the landscape around here is in that dead time between fall colors and winter's snows, I thought perhaps I could find a little fall color left a little further south, so I first headed for the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and the Natural Bridge State Resort Park. I visited there last year in mid-October and felt like I should have waited about another week or two to catch the fall peak colors. So it seemed like mid-November might be a little late, but there should still be some fall color, right? Not really.
[caption id="attachment_38" align="alignnone" width="590" caption="Late fall color from Lookout Point in the Natural Bridge State Resort Park"][/caption]
Yeah, there were some oranges and reds left in the trees, along with a little green, but it sure wasn't what I was looking for. Many of the trees had no leaves left at all, reminding me of the sticks I had left behind in Indiana.
Well, another of the park's features are the sandstone cliffs and rock faces carved by the Red River over the last several hundred thousand years. I took the Laurel Ridge Trail from Lookout Point to the Needle's Eye Stairway, which was built in 1934 by the CCC. Climbing down the Stairway, I noticed the interplay of light and shadow in the clefts and ridges of the sandstone and found one in particular that caught my eye.
[caption id="attachment_39" align="alignnone" width="590" caption="Sandstone and Light: Rock Formations Along the Needle's Eye Stairway"][/caption]
Not bad. At this point, however, I felt like I was ready to move on. I could have — and perhaps, should have — stayed and worked these massive rock walls and ravines more, but something else was tugging at me.
After all, it was a road trip.