Washington State isn’t known for a lot of fall colors. The flora isn’t primo and the weather usually doesn’t cooperate. But vine maple provides a lot of color on a reliable basis. Just in a smaller dosage than (for instance) the forests of New England.
The Olympic National Park is great habitat for many types of fern. One of my favorites is the Maidenhair Fern. A nice mix of delicate and elegant.
The typical fall colors are red, yellow, orange and browns (more browns around the Pacific Northwest, I’m afraid). Once in a while there is a splash of color that is jarring. This image shows some pond scum (algae of some kind) at the Nisqually-Billy Frank Jr National Wildlife Refuge in one of the beaver dams. Quite dramatic.
I found this clump of mushrooms on top of Mt Walker recently. I had driven up to see what the view was like (too much haze) … and was heading back to the truck when I noticed these little guys. The only lenses I had with me were zoom and neither one able to focus close up. Fortunately, I did have my tripod. So I set up with the lens that let me get closest and took a series of 60+ images while moving the focus point out. Once I got home, I combined them in HeliconFocus and then did some minor edits (including cropping).
Not sure of the botanical identification of this lovely seed head I found in North Central Oregon. Probably a member of the sunflower family. Regardless, I was struck by its ability to maintain its shape while the wind was blowing pretty hard. It must not have been quite ready to spread itself yet.