Sedona Fall Color – West Fork Trail
Photographers (and tourists) flock to West Fork Trail in the Fall. It is located in Oak Creek Canyon and has a special micro-climate that is perfect for Maple trees which are a treat to see in Arizona. CLICK HERE to see the species of this Maple.
Sumac Trees on Hwy 89a across from the entrance to the Trail. (Fuji X E-1)
Weather has been very strange this year. As it was in Flagstaff, some trees turned color very early while others took a few weeks more. Hit and miss color but still plenty of photos opportunities. On my first day (Oct 16), I found much of the back part of the West Fork trail was still green. Thirteen days and a couple of windstorms later, the trees had turned beautiful shades of red and orange and ultimately dropped the majority of their leaves. Here are my favorite photos from my many visits to the trail this trip:
Capturing a “people free” bridge is very difficult in fall! Get there early. (smartphone)
Apple Tree and Dried Wildflowers. An overcast day is the time to photograph weeds! (Fuji X E-1)
Oak Creek Canyon Reflections. (Fuji X E-1)
Maple Trees starting to turn. This is a little alcove high above the trail. (smartphone).
Red Maples are increasing in number a week later. (smartphone)
Red Maples seen through Yellow Maples. (Fuji X E-1)
There were still many wildflowers in the Canyon including this Canada Violet. (smartphone)
Maples in Motion. (Fuji X E-1)
I wasn’t able to get the great red reflections of years past but a little color is better than none! (Fuji X E-1)
It seemed the Maple leaves were falling almost as quickly as they were turning color! (Fuji X E-1)
Oak Leaf hanging on. Captured with my 55-200mm lens at 200mm, (Fuji X E-1)
Freshly fallen Maple Leaves. One of my last photos from West Fork. (Smartphone)