Thursday, October 21, 2010

Misty Autumn

Yesterday dawned damp and misty -- a change from the bright days we'd been having. But moisture is always welcome, especially in the fall when the danger of forest fires is greatest.

The autumn color is more subdued in the mist -- but still quite lovely.
Days like this set me to thinking of The Hobbit for some reason --  of tramps through misty woods with the heavenly smell of the damp earth and the fallen leaves underfoot, and a return to a cozy fire and a mug of tea with the aroma of frying bacon and mushrooms in the air.

I do like weather -- most kinds of it.
 The cows are enjoying it too.
 
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20 comments:

Victoria said...

Vicki, those photos are gorgeous! It's so beautiful where you live...if anyplace could make me move from these mountains, it would be the mountains of WNC.

Martin H. said...

Such an atmospheric post. The threat of forest fires must be a bit of a headache for you. No wonder you're glad to see a little dampening down.

And is that a wee donkey, I spied, trying to blend in amongst the cattle?

Marilyn said...

Wonderful autumn photos full of mist; and I see the donkey that Martin mentions too.

Pat in east TN said...

Love your misty autumn pictures.

We were also in a misty fog yesterday until mid-afternoon and then glorious sunshine.

Brian Miller said...

me like hobbits....nice pics...they feel a bit damp even in just looking...love the fog...adds such mystery...

Ms EM said...

I so love photo journalism. Beautiful pics and thoughts. I think I'll get dressed and head out to the woods now. :) Thanks for the inspiration as always.

Kaye Barley said...

Gorgeous photos! There's something about "misty" photographs that just grabs me. Thanks, Vicki.

Bouncin' Barb said...

Just fabulous photos Vicki. So pretty. ARe you using a wide angle lens by chance? Love it when you post nature pictures. Thank you.

Mama-Bug said...

What a wonderful post Vicki, I love the days that are misty and foggy. The quiet beauty just grabs my heart; wish I could be there.

dana said...

Gray weather makes me gray inside. So there's six months ahead of me with a brain devoid of color and life...and a fully printed out 100,000 word manuscript staring at me from the dust covered desk.

Vicki Lane said...

The wee donkey is Kate -- who lives with the cattle and acts as a fierce deterrent to coyotes and roaming dogs.

Barb -- no not a wide angle lens -- I use a Nikkor 18 - 200 mm. lens -- really useful in an all purpose sort of way. The picture of the cattle looks curved because of the bowl shape of the little pasture they're in.

What better use for grey days, Dana, than reading and re-reading that manuscript with excruciating attention? Congratulations on finishing!

NCmountainwoman said...

The changing and milder weather was a big reason we chose to come back to NC. Beautiful photographs.

Deanna said...

Your misty mountains are beautiful.
Our Fall colors have so far been rather tame this year. Not nearly as brilliant as yours - even in the mist.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Vicki -- Nice shots of the fall scene -- we are waiting for rain here -- it is very dry! -- barbara

Paul C said...

You enjoy some fine scenery in your parts. Totally agree about the atmosphere created by rainy days.

Kristen Haskell said...

I live in the Ozark Mountains and I too often think of the Lord of the Rings on a day like you have beautifully described. I sometimes wish I could get my home as cozy as a hobbit hole but it lacks the warmth of a real fireplace. Your photos are just lovely!

Jon Lee said...

I love Autumn so much. We have been having dry, sunny days here in the Midwest. It's supposed to rain this week-end, and we need it. The area is so dry.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

natural and atmospheric. Nice set of pictures.

Jill said...

Beautiful photos! That long eared "cow" is pretty cute!

Elora said...

Ahhhhhh! And a cup of Chai! Can't live without chai as autumn closes the door on summer. The best Chai I've ever had can be found at that "big-box" store we all love to hate. Hate to say it! The neat thing about Tazo Chai is that it contains a pinch of black pepper that warms your blood! Drinking it, just feels good, in addition to tasting good!

Elora