Our Favorite Fall Photos of the Week

10-03-2013 // Rachel Faulkner

Each week our editors pick a nature photo from entries in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest and share it online. Since autumn is such a stunning season for photography, we wanted to share some of the most popular fall-themed Photo Of The Week picks from the past few years.


A Study In Scarlet

Fall Sweetgum tree in Illinois

David Hammond had watched every day for two weeks for this sweet gum tree in Ferne Clyffe State Park, Illinois, to be in prime color. "It finally happened one evening after a shower," he says. "The light was just right for about 15 minutes." Hammond went back the following day and the branches were nearly bare. The Illinois resident used a Canon PowerShot G9 with a tripod and ball head.


Silent Hunter

Owl, Grand Teton National Park

While at Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, one late fall day, pro photographer Dave Bouton noticed this owl striking some prey it spotted on the ground. "The amazing thing was that, while this was a very large bird, the owl made no sound as it passed within 25-30 feet of me," the North Carolina resident writes. "Fortunately, it returned to this tree after the meal, allowing for this shot." Bouton used a Nikon D2x and a 200-400mm lens.


Aspen Sky


Late September in the Rockies means aspens in all their fall glory. Stu Hagen found these colorful trees just outside the southern boundary of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Aspens are one of the most widely distributed trees in North America, ranging from Alaska to Newfoundland and down the western mountains to Mexico. The California photographer used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 16-35mm lens.


Tail Up

Cedar Waxwing on Crabapple

Cara Litberg was photographing a large flock of cedar waxwings feeding on crabapples in the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, Illinois. One bird reached way down, making his tail go way up and providing a very different feeding shot for the Chicago resident. "It reminds me of the little drinking bird toys, the ones that dip up and down on a pivot," she says. Litberg used a Canon EOS Rebel XSi and a 300mm lens.


Ontario Orange

Fall trees in Ontario

Ontario is known for its spectacular fall colors. Don Johnston came across this hillside of maples and spruces near Dorset in the Muskoka region of the province, southwest of Algonquin Provincial Park. He quickly photographed the scene while wispy clouds hugged the treetops. "There are plenty of photo opportunities in this area," the Ontario resident says. He used a Nikon D3x and a 200-400mm lens.


Frolicking Foxes

Two red foxes playing by Dee Ann Pederson

Pro photographer Dee Ann Pederson captured these two red foxes frolicking on a cold autumn morning in Denali National Park, Alaska. The Texas resident used a Nikon D3 and a 200-400mm lens.


Teton Autumn

Fall foliage in Oxbox Bend by Brett Deacon

The view of Mount Moran at Oxbow Bend is one of the classic photographic views in Grand Teton National Park, especially if it’s accented by September’s brilliant fall colors. Changing weather can make the scene even more striking. Wyoming resident Brett Deacon writes, “A clearing thunderstorm added dramatic lighting.” Deacon used a Sony A900 camera on a tripod.


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