We end our Bench View Series with images of the Spring, Fall and Winter seasons. Hope you enjoyed the unusual perspectives.
A Japanese lantern against a backdrop of Fall colors in Japan circa 1985.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains pictured on a cloudy Fall day
Remnants of Fall colors on trees growing on the side of the hill
The Fall colors are even more enhanced with natural back lighting
Fall colors enhance the dark tree trunks in Smoky Mountains National Park
The branch of a tree creates a natural frame for Fall colors at Smoky Mountain National Park
A river flows through Smoky Mountains National Park in the midst of Fall colors
Fall colors decorate the mountains in Smoky Mountains National Park
The “smoke” from the Smoky Mountains is actually fog that comes from the area’s vegetation. Plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Plants also exhale something called “volatile organic compounds”, or VOCs.
VOCs may sound scary, but when they are released from plants, they are completely natural.
In addition to causing various scents and odors, a high concentration of VOCs can also cause fog. VOCs are chemicals that have a high vapor pressure, which means that they can easily form vapors at room temperature. The millions of trees, bushes, and other plants in the Great Smoky Mountains all give off vapor, which comes together to create the fog that gives the mountains their signature smoky look.
The colors of Fall contrast nicely against the “smoke.”
Driving through Smoky Mountains National Park in Fall is quite colorful
A river, Fall colors, mountains and blue sky with clouds create a nice composition at Smoky Mountains National Park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail.
A drive through the Park in late Fall with remnants of color …
Changing color of leaves as Fall arrives in Minneapolis
Fall colors against a blue sky during a visit to Minneapolis
Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, seen yearly by millions of visitors to Yosemite National Park. The waterfall is 188 meters (617 ft) in height and flows year round.
Back to a series of images from United States. One of the most recognized natural landscape images – entrance to the valley in Yosemite National Park in California. The iconic Half Dome sandwiched between El Capitan on the left and Bridalveil Fall on the right.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, lakes, mountains, glaciers, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness.
The name “Yosemite” (meaning “killer” in Miwok) originally referred to the name of a renegade tribe which was driven out of the area (and possibly annihilated) by the Mariposa Battalion. Before then the area was called “Ahwahnee” (“big mouth”) by indigenous people.
Red leaves of Fall in North Carolina ….
What a delightful sight to see Fall colors from the window …..
Some colorful leaves still remain on the trees in a North Carolina Fall