Full autumn colours in the forest - Speulderbos
This year I was ready, mid autumn with full colours of the forest trees and leaves, because every year I seem to just miss the ideal few days where the colour is at its best. This year (2018) we had a particularly warm autumn, meaning that the trees kept their leaves much longer, so I was especially lucky. However it was also very wet! No excuses and just go!
As I left home heading towards Speulderbos it was raining and it was just starting to really chucking it down when I was in the surrounding areas. One advantage though, there was almost no one in the forest at that time. Even the car park was empty. Eventually when I returned to the car, the weather cleared and the parking lot was more than full.
Anyway I started my hike into the forest on the main path, seeing the golden, brown, orange leaves and green mossy trees. Just epic! This year I nailed the timing, haha. Moving away from the path you encounter what they call here “dancing trees”. A spectacle of old trees finding their way towards the light.
I took my trusty Fujifilm X-T2 and the 16-55mmF2.8 lens with me and just in case, the 55-200mm as well. Well in the end that was a lifesaver, as almost all the shots where taken with the 55-200. The compression and field of view just made more sense to me. Try it and you will be amazed how effective a telephoto lens can be in a forest or any landscape for that matter.
Heading deeper into the forest the landscape did not really change and I ended up with about 30-ish of the same photos, so I took my win and headed back to the car. At the end however I found some puddles and the reflections really stood out to me, so the last photo needed to be taken there. Epic!
All photos below, taken with the Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55F2.8 and the 55-200mm. Click to view larger in a light box and navigate with mouse or arrow keys. Enjoy!