Autumn at Falls Lake

Autumn shoreline at Falls Lake North Carolina

I’m back after a week looking for a solid image of an autumn at Falls Lake North Carolina. The colors weren’t quite what I expected, but the message is there.

Now’s a great time to get out with the camera, friends and family. Social distancing is easy, even around the campfire.

I’ll post more as I process them, but thought I’d give you a glimpse of the waterway. Broad daylight wasn’t ideal, but there are times it works, like when the sun peeks between clouds. They were scarce last week, unfortunately.


The campground I stayed at closes Nov. 1, which is disappointing. Give it a couple weeks and the color will be spectacular.

It’s interesting to see all the new faces outdoors during the pandemic, too. That’s a good thing, although the battalions of untested tents and gear were sort of worrisome.

The lake’s proximity to Raleigh and Durham, however, makes it a great destination if you’re just testing the camping waters. If you own or rent a trailer, the sites are level, well developed and most have water and electric hookups. There’s also plenty of space between sites.

Dog Friendly Falls Lake

Fall camping with a Yorkie

If you have a “best friend” of the canine variety, like my Yorkie above, it’s a welcome visitor. The campgrounds are dog friendly, although keeping them on a leash is required, along with cleaning up after their morning and afternoon constitutionals.

Flash, my dog that shadows my every move, was obviously exhausted every night. Those early slumbers are about the only chance I get to take photos. He’s always on the move and refuses to pose.

More Autumn at Falls Lake

Let me know what you think about my autumn at Falls lake photo with a comment or two. I used a wide angle lens and no tripod, if you’re wondering.

In the meantime, stay tuned, lots more to come—just wait until you see my new mobile studio.