I've traveled through a good chunk of the Black Hills in the last two days and can report that fall color season has begun, but is not at all in it's full glory yet.
Spearfish Canyon is pretty, but I'd give it a week or so before it should be spectacular. Custer State Park has some red vines, sumac and poison ivy, but not a lot in the way of yellow trees yet.
I did run across friendly Joe the fly fisherman from Grand Forks, North Dakota in Spearfish Canyon with some great scenery to place behind him.
If you look hard enough and work the angles, Spearfish Creek looks about as good as it will in the next few weeks, but it will be easier then.
It was fun to have talented photographer Julieanne Morse along to pose for some pictures in the autumn splendor. You can see Julieanne's photography at www.theeyeoftheartist.com.
Of course, when I loaned Julieanne one of my cameras, I didn't expect it to explode in her hands. Actually, I just happened to catch this wild reflection off the top LCD screen on the camera completely by accident.
So my best guess is the colors will glorious for the weekend of the Black Hills Photo Shootout. Seems like the organizers might have planned it that way, hmmm...