Words and pictures from the author of And the Crows Took Their Eyes as well as the Elizabeth Goodweather Appalachian Mysteries . . .
Wow, y'all are fading fast and we're just beginning to change color. You're way ahead of us!
We had our first hard frost of the season, this morning. A few more like that, and the leaves will come tumbling...
And so the wheel of the year turns...I will miss the garish coats the trees wear so briefly.
Our trees are still wearing their leaves, but they're brown and ready to blow away. We had a cold 38 here in NW Florida this morning.
You've captured the season so beautifully. So many people don't like this transition, but I love it...seeing the surrounding mountains more clearly, the bare branches reaching for the sky...love this time of year (including the 10 degrees we woke up to this morning!).
There's a combination of your books and my recent trip to Asheville, that have left me nostalgic. I have been in California since 1971. Joan and I recently visited my sister for her 80th birthday in New London NC and then 4 days in Asheville. It proved a saying: "you can take the boy out of the country but you can't take the country out of the boy"I am sitting in the morning sun on the west coast. The only red native color we have in San Diego County in the fall is poison oak.
My favorite season. What is the little cabin in your first picture. Looks well roofed and cared for so I'm guessing it has a purpose?Lynne in GA
The little cabin is used as storage for garden stuff, Lynne, About thirty years ago, my husband took a class in log building and the class hewed and notched the logs for this little gem. When Mars Hill College, who was planning to buy the cabin, backed out, my husband bought it. Our boys used it as a play house for many years.
Are you all in the deep freeze? I heard that most of the south was this morning. We were quite crisp at 14 degrees. It really is hard to let go of all that gorgeous color, it was so beautiful this year. Tammy
This year for some reason I have really been loving the mix of bare trees and little splashes of colour. You have captured this perfectly here.
seriously you need to try and keep a little of it around until i get there friday night...just a little so i can enjoy it....smiles.
The west coast has its charms, Jim, but these C mountains are deep magic.Tammy, we had blowing flakes Tuesday night but nothing stuck. A heavy frost followed. There WAS real snow at nearby higher elevations.
Vicki, What is the elevation of your place?
Our house sits at about 2,000 feet up a 2,500 foot mountain. Pretty modest. But sometimes the top of the mountain gets snow when we don't.
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