The Last Colors of Autumn

orange leaves

orange leaves

 

I’ve spent two weeks driving back and forth to the University of Virginia medical center since¬†Dad’s surgery. He’s doing better, but I still want to be there as much as possible, so I make the drive.

It’s an hour and a half door to door along stretches of Interstates 81 and 64 and ending with Route 29. I love driving in Virginia, and I think Autumn is the prettiest time to be in a car in this lovely state. The Shenandoah Valley, especially, is pretty this time of year.

The highlight of Autumn drives is enjoying the colors of the leaves as they change from green to brown, often with lovely bits of yellow, orange, and red in between. The colors held well this year considering the sporadic rain over the summer.

I realized as I picked pictures for this post that I’m partial to the oranges. Orange is not a color I normally choose, but it’s absolutely breathtaking on a tree.

Here are a few pictures from my drives. Now that tropical storm Sandy has pretty much removed every leaf in sight, these colors are gone and drying on the forest floors. I’m so glad I was able to enjoy them in the middle of a stressful time.¬†Click any picture to see it bigger.

`red and orange leaves in our driveway

`red and orange leaves in our driveway

yellow leaves

yellow leaves

frosty burning bush

frosty burning bush

red and yellow at Hudson Crossroads

red and yellow at Hudson Crossroads

autumn forest

autumn forest

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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