Fall Color in the Blue Ridge

We went for a hike up off the Blue Ridge Parkway last weekend. The color is marvelous, as you can see. Not peaked yet, there’s too much green for that. The reads are making a terrific show just now, with the yellows beginning to come in.

Sassafras “ghosts” — very suitable to be turning gold in time for Halloween.

Back at home the Virginia Creeper has turned bright red as it spills down from the trellis. The show makes the mundane chores of leaf-raking, weeding and mulching so much more enjoyable — especially as we still have plenty of sunshine during the days (even as the tender plants were bitten by the first frost the other night).

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