Friday, October 23, 2009

In Search of Autumn

Abundant rain and only a few cold nights have resulted, so far, in a muted display of fall color. The Burning Bush above has not fully committed to its usual scarlet and the trees along the pasture's fence line are subdued shadows of what they have been in previous years.
The yellow-orange of the tree behind the Freewill Baptist Church down the branch caught my eye . . .
. . . and I stopped the car in the middle of the road to snap this sourwood below -- which is doing its best to bring color to a (so-far) less-than-spectacular Fall.

Things could change. I seem to remember that last year the color was slow coming but the reds and oranges finally burst forth.

I'm keeping an eye on the maples.

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Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Where oh where is fall? Love your pictures.

Pat in east TN said...

That's the way it is here, but if you look up at some places on the mountains there is a lot of color. Rains and winds have brought down a lot of our leaves too. I'm hoping for some nice colors to develop, but unless it happens soon (more rain/wind predicted) it simply ain't gonna happen.

Carol Murdock said...

Vicki, I was there last fall from Oct.23-Nov 2, the colors were brilliant! I saw the most beautiful Maple I've ever seen in Cherokee! May is just doing the same this year? I'm glad so many are posting pictures since projects and a pack of puppies kept me away this year! :(

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photographs. I do so love those white churches. We have muted color and won't have much of any if this morning's rain and wind keep up. The deck is covered in leaves.

Merisi said...

I remember those years when the wait for a brilliant fall color display was in vain because the necessary night frosts did not arrive until the leaves had fallen to the ground.

Last night I saw a documentary about bird migration and some sequences were filmed from an airplane over New England and my heart just ached looking at those reds and golden yellows which are almost impossible to find here.

Do you know the movie "The Europeans"? A Merchant Ivory production, after Henry James' novel, filmed during autumn in New England (forgot which State). Simply brilliant autumn scenes, they may be a bit of comfort if you long for more fall color. I read somewhere that it was filmed in the fall, and not during late spring as story in the novel unfolds, because for some reason or other it took longer than planned to get the crew together. Something along that line. I am grateful for that! ;-)

Vicki Lane said...

One thing about these muted colors --
it makes my look harder at things and appreciate every little splash of red or orange.

I'm sorry for the leaf-peepers though, if they planned a trip especially to see the kind of display we sometimes have.

And, as Carol said, the color was late last year -- maybe it's yet to come.

Can't do anything though about those brown leaves already fallen.

Vicki Lane said...

Merisi -- I've not seen that one -- I do love the Merchant-Ivory productions -- glorious settings. I watched ROOM WITH VIEW till I wore out the video tape.

Victoria said...

Hopefully once you get a good cold snap the leaves will get more color. But even with muted colors, the beauty of western NC is magnificent!

Vicki Lane said...

I'm beginning to agree with Pat in east TN -- looks like it ain't gonna happen. Wind and rain most of the day (about which I'm NOT complaining) and the maples are losing their leaves before they turn. At least right around the house they are. I'll take a walk in the woods tomorrow and see what I see.

Unknown said...

That's the way the trees/leaves look here, too... dull. Usually such a glorious season. We got a hard frost too early. The frosts kill the color here.

I'm in southwestern VA, in the Appalachians.

Vicki Lane said...

Even this muted color is quite pretty just now the yellows are glowing in the morning fog.

Love the fact that the Appalachians run from Georgia to Maine -- so many of us linked by these old, old mountains.

Unknown said...

Guess I should have been more clear -- I'm in the Appalachians of southwest Virginia!

It sure is pretty out, regardless of whether the colors are muted or not. As I look out my window while sat at the computer, it is golden wherever I look (except the still-very-green grass!)