September 29- October 5, 2012 back to Fall Galleries page
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Sept 29, 2012
It's interesting to see how individual trees move through the season. These two maples on Park Avenue, for example, always do the same thing each year. The one on the right is among the trees that drop their leaves first. The one on the left takes it slow with the majority of the trees in the area. Next to each other, they make an interesting image!
Park Avenue in Blowing Rock
elev. 3570 ft.
Sept 30, 2012
The autumn color is really starting to show all over the High Country. Here is a photo from Ravens Ridge in Boone. The hillsides are really starting to blush. I'm going to make sure to get more photos from the higher elevations in the area later this week.
elev. 3350 ft.
Not all the color is limited to the leaves, though many of them are especially beautiful up close. Local apple trees are sporting rosy orbs and the mums are lighting up various porches, walkways, and flower beds. Take time to enjoy it all!
Oct 1, 2012
Today is a foggy, damp fall day. I like these days almost as much as the sunny, breezy ones. There's something about the mists that makes the views more magical sometimes. Though, I do hope everyone remembers to keep their headlights on!
Hwy 321 between Blowing Rock & Boone
elev. 3325 ft.
The warmer colors are really coming into focus for the season. We predict that this season's peak will be as beautiful as ever!
Oct 2, 2012
Foggy and rainy again for most of the day. I took a few photos in the mist, anticipating those to be the best I could get. But late in the day, the clouds opened up, and the warm afternoon sun lit up this maple on Clark Street on the way home.
Clark Street in Blowing Rock
elev. 3545 ft.
Here are some images from earlier in the day:
Oct 3, 2012
A drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a wonderful activity at any time of year, but Fall is a favorite for many. As you head south on the Parkway from Blowing Rock, the elevation increases until you get to the Grandfather area, so it's a great route to check the color progression. Today's photo comes again from the Boone Fork parking area, because it gives such a great contrast of the green against the fall color on the ridges.
Boone Fork on the Blue Ridge Parkway
elev. 3905 ft.
Just ahead, there are even more overlooks from which to enjoy the spreading color. These images are from Pilot Ridge, at 4400 feet.
These gentlemen at Price Lake today had the right idea for such a beautiful day:
Color will probably be peaking in areas above 4000 feet in the next week.
Oct 4, 2012
A beautiful day with sunshine and light, cool breezes... the perfect autumn day in the High Country. The maples here in town are among the first trees to change, and their leaves reveal lovely patterns as they transition. Kids and adults alike can be seen picking up the leaves to inspect them, often pocketing them as striking keepsakes.
On the way to the office, I came across this pool of leaves on Wallingford Street. Recent rains are probably to blame, but crunching through the leaves is almost as nice as enjoying them on the trees.
Wallingford Street in Blowing Rock
elev. 3570 ft.
Oct 5, 2012
The moon stood out against the cloudless skies this morning, and made a lovely subject between these maples in the park:
Memorial Park in Blowing Rock
elev 3580 ft
The trees in Memorial Park are looking really vibrant right now. Here's a comparison for you: the image on the left is from September 22 in the Park, and the image on the right is from today.