October Fall Foliage Gallery Deep Creek Lake. Here are some fall photos that I have taken over the last few days. The weather has been pleasant in the high 60’s and lower 70’s over the last few days. Friday we will see a drop into the mid 50’s. What a fine October it has been here at Deep Creek Lake. We are inching past the fall foliage peak here so be sure and pay us a visit here soon before winter plays her hand.
“In the other gardens
And all up the vale,
From the autumn bonfires
See the smoke trail!
Pleasant summer over
And all the summer flowers,
The red fire blazes,
the grey smoke towers.
Sing a song of seasons!
Something bright in all,
Flowers in the summer
Fires in the fall! “
– Robert Louis Stevenson, Autumn Fires
Throughout the last couple of years as the focus shifts to the upcoming fall foliage season, I have found the most spectacular and soothing way to experience this sought after season via paddleboard. The visitors have slimmed down to next to nothing and the lake shifts from being a physical playground for activities to a visual backdrop for nature’s art. The season also brings calm days mixed in with traditional windy fall days. It is on these calm days that you can witness a spectacular visual ever-lasting gumdrop of emotions that will take you from pure elation to a centered mental calm. It is experiences like these that elevate the lake to spiritual status.
To see the mountains gleaming with fire and glowing with rich hues of the fall season is only magnified when you see a double image reflection mirroring off the lake. These powerful reflections bring the water alive as they transform into a three-dimensional bouquet of seasonal colors. The paddleboard becomes your soul mobile as Deep Creek Lake takes you down a peaceful highway that will recharge your faith in nature. Each quiet dip of the paddle propels you across an amazing and colorful glass-lake, virgin of ripples. The horizon slowly inches toward you like an out-of-reach oasis which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the dreamy conveyor belt that only a few have experienced.
Our nationally respected and loved Fall spectacle is an event here at the lake that a lot of folks have been lucky enough to experience year after year. This year I encourage and challenge you to try it from a different cockpit vantage point. The end of summer does not mean the end of paddleboarding or enjoying an intimate relationship with the lake. Set sail this autumn with your favorite non-powered watercraft and experience the hallowed ground at Deep Creek Lake that is worshiped by only a handful.
Deep Creek Lake-Perseid Meteor Shower. Last night I took my camera and tripod out on the back porch trying to catch a photo of the much anticipated perseid meteor shower that has been all over the news this week. Skies were crystal clear, which made me very hopeful of catching this event using long exposure photography techniques. My eyes took about ten minutes to adjust and to finally get an in-depth view of the billions stars of the Milky Way that exploded overhead. I bumped up my ISO’s and reduced my aperture and focused in on the 219 bridge below with the sky playing background to this special event. Time and time again I randomly pulled the trigger on the camera hoping to be lucky enough to catch a meteor screaming across the sky at light speed. Like clockwork, as soon as the camera finished shooting the shot I would see a brilliant light but MISSING THE SHOWER PHOTO! It was cat and mouse all night trying to get just one photo. At the end of the night the mouse got away with the cheese and I was left with only the memories of this fantastic event and a lot of pictures of airplanes that littered the skies all night. I tried to convince myself that the airplane pics may have been a meteor photo but the dotted red lights where a dead giveaway that I failed. I have one more opportunity tonight to redeem myself and catch one image. Either way, I will be thankful to have another opportunity to do what I did as a child growing up and that is to lie on my back and stare up at the stars with childhood wonder trying to imagine where the universe starts and stops, if there is other life out there, and if the universe goes on for infinity, then what’s after that…?
DAY TWO UPDATE…After clocking 6 + hours of wonderful sky watching, I finally got a few photo’s showing bits of the meteor show! See below my best two efforts… I hope you didn’t miss the show!
Fall Foliage Deep Creek Lake. I sit reflecting on the fall season looking across a still mirror lake that reflects off the water the last remaining leaves on the stubborn oak trees that seem determined not to give into old man winter. Looking back a few weeks ago we were fortunate to experience a stellar fall foliage spectacle here at Deep Creek Lake. This particular season seemed to hinge on perfection as every hue of nature’s color spectrum flexed magnificently around the lake and Garrett County. Fisherman out to capitalize on the fall bite witnessed a spectacle from their boats on God’s canvas here in the great mountains of Maryland. Leave the stress of life behind and join us next year for the brilliant fall foliage experience at Maryland’s favorite get away destination.