Got a camera and an appreciation for autumnal beauty? The quaint town of Concrete had its first photo-based Fall Color Festival three years ago, and on October 8, they’re inviting shutter bugs of all levels to turn the fest into a learning experience.
The Highway 20 location is ideal for capturing the copper-colored fall foliage. On top of the natural mountain scenery, there are also potential historic subjects like old bridges, old railroad cars, and the colossal hydroelectric dam at the side of town.
The Day in the Life of Concrete workshop starts early (8am!) so consider booking a hotel in advance. The schedule includes coffee, discussion, and a presentation from photographer Matt Brown of Anacortes. Where you go and what you learn after that will ultimately be a choose-your-own-adventure process, as Matt will teach depending on what participants suggest. Shooters will have several hours to wander alone or in groups. For those seeking a challenge, the Concrete Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a "Best of Concrete" photo contest at the end of the day.
The workshop fee is $35 per person, $50 per couple, and $10 for students 16 and up.
If you’re ready for Halloween spookiness, check out Concrete’s annual Ghost Walk, which takes place at 6pm on Saturdays in October. Maybe you’ll even catch a spirit on camera.