Fall foliage lends to family pictures 

As the leaves begin to fall, many Lincoln Parish residents will be setting up pumpkin patch portraits and family pictures.  

While locations may be abundant, some give more opportunities than others for pictures, such as empty lots and parks. 

Marissa Husser, owner of Clay Stone Photos, said many places in Lincoln Parish are available for individuals to take their own great photos.  

“Louisiana Tech and south campus,” she suggested. “Downtown Ruston for an urban style…Mitcham Farms – but you have to get permission because of their seasonal sprays….Lincoln Parish Park or Huckleberry (Trails) Park.” 

Catrina Willis, owner of Lavender Harvest Photography, said Lincoln Parish Park is also one of her favorites for photos. 

“If you go past the playground and take a right, there is a fence with low lying trees. It’s really pretty with fallen leaves scattering on the ground,” Willis said. “It has great hard surfaces with parking close by for those who are in wheelchairs or maybe seniors who have trouble walking. If you position yourself near the end where the pavement ends and the access trail begins, you won’t be able to see the cars. It’s also great shade for even light.” 

WIllis also suggested two lots, one north of town and one south of town. 

“If you walk to the back of the lot next to Lowes where the tree line is, there are many low hanging pine trees,” she said. “Pine trees are gorgeous, but usually in pictures they’re not great because you just see the trunks and no foliage. But these are short – at least for now – and so those deep greens are really nice to pair with fall colors like oranges, yellows, reds. There is quite a lot of wildlife in there, so be careful of deer.” 

Another suggestion is the lot next to LifeChurch south of Ruston. 

“There are some beautiful oak trees in that area with some really pretty light,” she said. “It’s not so much a fall scene, but it’s beautiful in fall because of how the light hits around autumn. It’s best at sundown. Just don’t go very far past the trees because I believe that is private property.” 

Willis urged individuals who are shooting their own photos to always stay off private property. 

“Sidewalks are always public property, so if you see an overhanging tree over a sidewalk, take the opportunity for a photo,” she said. “There is one across from Tech Farm Store in the neighborhood division that has a beautiful sycamore that hangs over a sidewalk and gives lots of fall leaves.” 


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