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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Turning Leaves

Merrillee here hoping that these photos will give you even a little taste of the spectacular beauty we saw this past weekend in the mountains of North Georgia. The following photo was taken from the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. I barely had time to snap this picture before the clouds rolled in and obscured the view.

I took the photo below just as the clouds started to cover the top of the mountain. A few minutes later, a sea of white lay between us and the colorful trees below. If we had gotten there five minutes later, I wouldn't have been able to see the fantastic colors. On a clear day, you can see Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee from the top of the mountain. There is a lesson in these photos. Take advantage of an opportunity when it first presents itself. If you wait, the opportunity may be lost.

I took this last photo from the deck of our friends' house. They live near the top of a road that winds up the side of a steep hill. Making the trek to the top yields a fantastic view of the mountains and the lake. I took another lesson away from this experience. Taking the high road is better in views and in life.

Where do you like to go to see fall foliage?

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At 7:57 AM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

I've never had the luxury of going somewhere for the purpose of seeing the color turn, but we happened to be in Quebec City a couple of weeks ago, and got to see "real" fall. (It doesn't exist in central Florida).

My son also led a photo expedition to Rocky Mountain National Park to shoot the colors changing.

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Thank you for sharing, Merrillee! We have some color here, to the north a few hours, but not like this. Gorgeous!

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

Our fall colors this year in SE Kansas have rivaled anything back east, although now they are starting to fade. I think we had the "perfect storm" of cold nights and sun and rain and whatever mix it takes to make the leaves turn bright.

Your photographs are gorgeous.

At 9:24 AM, Blogger Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

What a beautiful view from your friends' home. I'm jealous. I love going over to East Tennessee to see the leaves, though I've not been able to so far this year. Hopefully soon.

I'd love to make it to New England for leaf peeping someday.

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

Thanks for the pictures, Merrillee :-)!

We don't have fall color here unless we add it ourselves. I'm surrounded by several hundred miles of redwoods in every direction but west (they don't grow in the ocean). Not complaining...just get tired sometimes of the same green in the same arrangement, year 'round. I always notice trees when I travel--so much variety in other places!

Some of the first things we planted on our property after we settled here were maples, and we're enjoying the contrast of golds and russets against the dark green background.

The other day I noticed a patch of reddish vine growing on the hill across our drive. My husband told me it's poison oak. Aaakkk!

Like Trish, I'd love to make a trip to maple country some autumn day :-).

At 10:04 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

Our Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah Mts of VA, is the place to go for leaf-gazing.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Renee Ryan said...


LOVELY photos. I love Fall. It's by far my favorite season. My favorite place to view the colors is Wisconsin. Yeah, I know. But there are some spectacular spots.


At 11:52 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

What gorgeous pictures, Merrillee! Not too far from me!

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

I also live in Florida, so it was a treat to go up to the mountains to see the leaves.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Glad I could share. Thanks.

At 7:53 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

When I think of fall colors, I don't usually think of Kansas. Thanks for letting us know that you get some fall colors as well.

At 7:54 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

I went to college in East Tennessee. They do have some lovely fall colors there.

At 7:55 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Fall colors look nice against that green background. Glad you are adding to the colors with your trees.
Watch out for that poison stuff.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

I love the Virginia mountains, too.

At 7:56 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Thanks. Nothing wrong with colors in Wisconsin. I know when we lived in Illinois lots of people went there to look at the foliage.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Wow, beautiful pictures, Merrillee! What a great view your friend has. And yes, Diane, nothing like those virginia mountains! And Terry Mc...stay away from those beautiful reddish vines! Yikes!

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Lorelle said...

Beautiful Merrillee! Georgia has been on my mind lately. Like Terry we live in California and don't see much change unless we plant maples, which we call liquid amber trees. The changes here are more subtle, but we do have winter, contrary to popular belief. It's coming any day now . . . The trees and I are ready for it.

Do you all think you appreciate the season more as you grow older? Just wondering.


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