Local Color

Here, in the mountains and high valleys of Virginia, autumn colors have been intensifying over the last few days. Is there anything more spectacular than sunlight warming autumn’s red and golden leaves?

autumn woods

Autumn – thanksgiving for the rich gifts the earth has showered us with.


Fall’s tapestry of earth tones drape the landscape into a final warm embrace before winter knocks at the door.


And just like this leaf is suspended for a few fleeting moments in some dry grasses, the season displays itself in its expansive fullness – for a few deep breaths. Then, the cold winds and laws of change will move us to the next phase. Who’s afraid of change?


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38 Responses to Local Color

  1. Beautiful photos Annette! I miss the lush colors and variety of back east. Thanks for sharing. We’ve barely begun the color change here in NW Arkansas.

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  2. Your photos really capture the rich fall colors, Annette. Thanks. There are more yellows than reds here in Southern Oregon.–Curt

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  3. Olga says:

    Just love the brilliant reds. The magic of autumn. Wonderful post, Annette. ❤

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    • I especially love the red against the golden background. There is a particular type of tree that turns bright red after all the other trees have dropped their leaves already. Then it’s red against the silver grey of the trees that draws the eye. Thanks for your comment, Olga.

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  5. Julie says:

    Absolutely stunning! It’s been a gorgeous fall here in Denver too. Your pictures always inspire!

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  6. I love fall colors in the mountains. I bet it’s gorgeous there now! I haven’t had time to get to the mountains yet, and I’m afraid when I am finally able to get there, it will be too late for the colors. At least I get to enjoy them on your blog! 🙂

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  7. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Beautiful post, Annette! I love both the photos and your words. Happy Autumn!

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  8. Very lovely post, Annette, I can smell the fall

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  9. shoreacres says:

    No rich colors for me just now. I’m on the Kansas prairies, and the richly colored grasses are a little slow to appear, too. It’s a more subtle palette, but like you, I’m enjoying the change.

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  10. Your beautiful photos always make me miss the changing the seasons. Fall colors have always been my favorite.

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  11. A very nice set of images, Annette. The Virginia countryside can really impress the eye in autumn. You’ve captured it well.

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  12. These pictures look amazing! I love the colors.

    check out my mountain camping post- https://courtneylivin.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/blue-bear-mountain/

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  13. Collect Life says:

    Love the colors of your images. Great job!

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  14. Anarette says:

    Breathtaking photos!

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  15. beautiful pics 🙂


  16. Sparkyjen says:

    I recently visited the majestic state of Virginia. My brother and sister-in-law are wonderful hosts. They shared many views and seasonal events unique to their state with me. I was so inspired I also snapped a few pictures, and posted on my blog. This was a very memorable vacation because I got to share it with family. We had a dandy time!


  17. Hi Annette,
    I just wanted to say that it was a pleasure meeting you this past October at Spruce Knob. Your blog is beautiful, and I look forward to reading more of it!


    • Yes, I remember – that was a beautiful day on the mountain and so interesting to run into you, your husband, and the other hiker. So glad you stopped by on my blog. Now I have to go and see yours 🙂


    • I just stopped by your website, Carolyn. Wow – great pictures, you are a pro! I could not find a place anywhere to leave a comment, not even on your blog. Also, it takes a long time to upload, probably because the resolution of your images is quite high? Some people may not have the patience to wait – you may want to reduce the res?


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