October 2015

My favorite images from October have to be the first two seen below. Who isn't a sucker for fall foliage? Most photographers scan maps from the Department of Natural Resources to see which weekend is the most color abundant in their area. This year however, I felt like there was a shortened time window for some reason. Colors quickly went from green to fallen very quickly so I felt challenged to create at least one frame I loved before trees became bare.

A biker rides along the Great Allegheny Passage over the Youghiogheny River and fall foliage in Ohiopyle State Park on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

A biker rides along the Great Allegheny Passage over the Youghiogheny River and fall foliage in Ohiopyle State Park on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

A biker rides along the Great Allegheny Passage past fall foliage in Ohiopyle State Park on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

A biker rides along the Great Allegheny Passage past fall foliage in Ohiopyle State Park on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015.

A Greensburg Salem runner races during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Westmoreland County Community College.

A Greensburg Salem runner races during the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Westmoreland County Community College.

Two members of Penn-Trafford collapse after the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Westmoreland County Community College.

Two members of Penn-Trafford collapse after the Westmoreland County Coaches Association cross country meet on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 at Westmoreland County Community College.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Brad Caric looks back to Riley Slike, right, during a victory slide after beating Serra Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Greensburg Central Catholic. GCC won 3-0.

Greensburg Central Catholic's Brad Caric looks back to Riley Slike, right, during a victory slide after beating Serra Catholic on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 at Greensburg Central Catholic. GCC won 3-0.

The braid of Armstrong's Ali Bowers partially blocks her view of a ball she missed returning against Connellsville on Oct. 28, 2015 at Hempfield Area High School. Armstrong won 3-0.

The braid of Armstrong's Ali Bowers partially blocks her view of a ball she missed returning against Connellsville on Oct. 28, 2015 at Hempfield Area High School. Armstrong won 3-0.

Latrobe's Jason Armstrong (6) is pushed out of bounds by Hempfield's Colin Critchfield (22) just short of a touchdown during a football game on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at Hempfield Area High School. Hempfield won 62-12.

Latrobe's Jason Armstrong (6) is pushed out of bounds by Hempfield's Colin Critchfield (22) just short of a touchdown during a football game on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at Hempfield Area High School. Hempfield won 62-12.

Hempfield's Emma Pevarnik receives a hug from Gabby Holmberg after beating Penn-Trafford during a volleyball game on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at Penn-Trafford High School. Hempfield won.

Hempfield's Emma Pevarnik receives a hug from Gabby Holmberg after beating Penn-Trafford during a volleyball game on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 at Penn-Trafford High School. Hempfield won.

Mt. Pleasant's Dom Monstrola celebrates his team's win against Greensburg Salem on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant won 1-0.

Mt. Pleasant's Dom Monstrola celebrates his team's win against Greensburg Salem on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant. Mt. Pleasant won 1-0.

Penns Manor's Bailey Mumau hoists the Heritage Conference plaque as Zach Hnatko reacts after beating Ligonier Valley during a football game on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in Ligonier. Penns Manor won 19-12.

Penns Manor's Bailey Mumau hoists the Heritage Conference plaque as Zach Hnatko reacts after beating Ligonier Valley during a football game on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in Ligonier. Penns Manor won 19-12.

West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood (4) fumbles the ball near the end zone against Oklahoma State  on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma State won 33-26 in overtime.

West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood (4) fumbles the ball near the end zone against Oklahoma State  on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma State won 33-26 in overtime.

West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) rushes past Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns (13) on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma State won 33-26 in overtime.

West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) rushes past Oklahoma State safety Jordan Sterns (13) on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma State won 33-26 in overtime.

West Virginia offensive lineman Adam Pankey (57) amps up with his team before playing Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma State won 33-26 in overtime.

West Virginia offensive lineman Adam Pankey (57) amps up with his team before playing Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma State won 33-26 in overtime.

John Weaver of North Braddock shares a moment with his 12-year-old macaw Drew Barrymore during the OHPA bird fair on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at the Circleville Volunteer Fire Department near Irwin. Three more events are planning for Pittsburgh in 2016.

John Weaver of North Braddock shares a moment with his 12-year-old macaw Drew Barrymore during the OHPA bird fair on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 at the Circleville Volunteer Fire Department near Irwin. Three more events are planning for Pittsburgh in 2016.

Mary Thompson, 51, poses for a portrait with a photograph of her sister Teala on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at her home in Pitcairn. Thompson believes the unidentified body being exhumed at Potter's Field in Hempfield is Teala, who was 13 when she went missing on in 1967.

Mary Thompson, 51, poses for a portrait with a photograph of her sister Teala on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015 at her home in Pitcairn. Thompson believes the unidentified body being exhumed at Potter's Field in Hempfield is Teala, who was 13 when she went missing on in 1967.

A firefighter looks out of a Halloween decorated window while extinguishing a house fire along Garfield Avenue in Scottdale on Wednesday. Oct. 21, 2015.

A firefighter looks out of a Halloween decorated window while extinguishing a house fire along Garfield Avenue in Scottdale on Wednesday. Oct. 21, 2015.

Dave Leiendecker of Plum, impersonating a member of Proctor's Militia, adjusts his hat in the wind during Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna’s Townon Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. The event continues Sunday.

Dave Leiendecker of Plum, impersonating a member of Proctor's Militia, adjusts his hat in the wind during Fall Family Day at Historic Hanna’s Townon Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. The event continues Sunday.

Maren Newcaster, 4, of Jeannette sleeps on her mother Amber as the choir sings "Be Still My Soul" during the third Diocese of Greensburg's First Responders Prayer Service at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Newcaster is the daughter of Lt. Nick Newcaster of the state police.

Maren Newcaster, 4, of Jeannette sleeps on her mother Amber as the choir sings "Be Still My Soul" during the third Diocese of Greensburg's First Responders Prayer Service at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. Newcaster is the daughter of Lt. Nick Newcaster of the state police.

Kokilaben Patel of India closes her eyes and holds up her right hand as she takes an oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Kovalchick Convention Center-Toretti Auditorium. The ceremony granted citizenship for 101 candidates from 44 countries, who live in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Kokilaben Patel of India closes her eyes and holds up her right hand as she takes an oath of allegiance during a naturalization ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Kovalchick Convention Center-Toretti Auditorium. The ceremony granted citizenship for 101 candidates from 44 countries, who live in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Eryn Doerue, 2, of Liberia uses a flag as a pacifier after a naturalization ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Kovalchick Convention Center-Toretti Auditorium. The ceremony granted citizenship for 101 candidates from 44 countries, who live in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Eryn Doerue, 2, of Liberia uses a flag as a pacifier after a naturalization ceremony on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Kovalchick Convention Center-Toretti Auditorium. The ceremony granted citizenship for 101 candidates from 44 countries, who live in the greater Pittsburgh area.

A pedestrian blends into a wall along Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg during a rain shower on Oct. 28, 2015.

A pedestrian blends into a wall along Pennsylvania Avenue in Greensburg during a rain shower on Oct. 28, 2015.