Morning fog rolls over an autumnal forest in Maine's Acadia National Park. The park is one of the nation's smallest, but can see upwards of three million visitors a year.

Autumn Forest

Morning fog rolls over an autumnal forest in Maine's Acadia National Park. The park is one of the nation's smallest, but can see upwards of three million visitors a year.
Photograph by Michael Melford, Nat Geo Image Collection

31 pictures from the Nat Geo archives that capture the beauty of our world

Parts of the Western Hemisphere have enjoyed the beauty of fall over the past several weeks, squeezing in their last gatherings outside in the crisp air before winter settles in.

Growing up, I loved bundling up, stepping out the front door and breathing in the freshness. Fall in the U.S. Northeast, in particular, conjures up images of clear blue skies, fall foliage, and occasionally fog. Michael Melford captured this foggy scene beautifully in Maine's Acadia National Park, the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States.

As a child, my classmates and I would ditch our jackets around noon as the sun shone bright in the sky. It was the perfect weather for outdoor exploration with friends—our last moments outside before breaking out the mittens and winter coats. I associate the fall months with some of my favorite memories: bountiful harvests and jumping from hay barrel to hay barrel, similar to the girls featured in Kitra Cahana’s photograph from the January 2017 issue.

Each October, a symphony of colors emerges. Those hues inspired the photographs selected this month. 

Alexandra Moreo is the editor for Photo of the Day. Melody Rowell writes and researches the captions.

Read This Next

These are the best compact cameras for travelers in 2022
Dramatic photos show La Palma volcano’s ongoing eruption
How to have a COVID-safe Thanksgiving gathering

Go Further

Subscriber Exclusive Content

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet

Why are people so dang obsessed with Mars?

How viruses shape our world

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

See how NASA’s new Mars rover will explore the red planet