The vivid colors of autumn foliage produce some of the most beautiful natural vistas for nature photography. Bold reds, brilliant yellows, rich browns, intense oranges, and even the occasional deep purple combine to create a vibrant landscape. The sights, sounds, and even smells of a fall landscape are vivid and evocative; the sight of autumn leaves falling immediately conjures a sense memory of this time of year.
The only downside to colorful autumn leaves is how ephemeral they are. Once they’ve hit peak color, they are gone in a matter of weeks. Fortunately, you can bring these beautiful fall colors into your home on a permanent basis with these colorful images from fine art photographer Max Foster’s fall nature photography gallery.
Taken in the Groton State Forest in Vermont, Birch Lane captures the beauty of early fall. The scarlet stripe of bright red leaves against the backdrop of unchanged green leaves highlights the vibrant dynamic between the complementary colors. The narrow white birch trunks snake through the background to create a sense of motion in the stillness. A fine art print of this photograph would look amazing at the end of a hallway and would create the illusion of extra height in a smaller room.
Beacon of Hope
Sun filters through the intense orange leaves blanketing the twisted boughs of a Japanese maple tree, the subject of Beacon of Hope. The ground is covered with a carpet of soft green moss, which reaches up to the ancient-looking trunk of the majestic tree. The contrast of fiery leaves with the soothing green ground gives a feeling of tranquility and contemplation.
As the branches reach for the sky, it’s not hard to feel the energy of this crisp autumn day. Taken in Portland, Oregon, Beacon of Hope captures the imagination– you can almost hear the wind rustling through the leaves and smell the rich, loamy aroma of the air.
Nature is full of color, no matter when and where you look. The delicate colors of sunset over water combine with the bolder colors of autumn leaves to create an image with perfectly balanced visual contrast. In Tower Hill, pearly clouds float above a bold landscape of maple trees, pine trees, birch trees, and other trees that make up a dense forest. Separated by the ethereal silver boundary of Minnesota lakes, Tower Hill perfectly encapsulates the majesty and grandeur of nature at its most beautiful.
The full glory of fall colors is on display in the Autumn Palette. This shot of Vermont’s Groton State Forest features orange, yellow, red, purple, and green to create an almost abstract vision of autumn leaves. Each individual tree plays a part in the dynamism of the forest; no two are precisely the same shade. The contrast of the warm colors of the changing leaves with the cooler greens creates a visually balanced composition that really captures the fact that this is a living forest; it’s ever-changing and bursting with life.
Sometimes some of the most dramatic colors of autumn leaves don’t actually come from trees. Often overlooked, shrubs and bushes like sumac, witch hazel, and sweetspire can turn dramatic shades of red and yellow– and in Catching Fire, these low-lying color changers are celebrated and highlighted.
Taken in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, some of the most dramatic colors in this image is actually on the ground. A background of delicate yellow-orange leaves, dark green pines, and white birch trunks allows the swaths of bright green, bold red, and near-golden leaves near the ground to stand out and demand notice.
For more spell-binding, spectacular images of fall, check out Max Foster’s Fall Nature Photography Gallery. Each of the photographs in this collection celebrates and encapsulates the dazzling colors that come and go with the changing of the seasons.