I wish there was some way that I could share accurately the breathtaking beauty to be found here in the mountains at the moment. We don't have as many maples as New England so we don't have as much red color, but the oranges and golds certainly make up for it.
Every one of these was taken without getting off my porches and deck. When you look out the windows, you are looking into a sea of shades of gold, yellow and orange. Sadly, though, this peak color also means that leaves are falling. We're enjoying them every day because soon there will be long months of bare limbs.
Winter months provide their own beauty with lacy limbs, sometimes outlined in snow, and allowing views in directions not seen while leaves are on the trees.
I grew up in northwest Florida where so many of the trees did not shed leaves. The area is covered by pines and though they do shed needles, they are never bare. Even the oaks there mostly shed part of the leaves in the fall and the most of the leaves in the spring as new growth appeared.
For many years I dreamed of living somewhere with rolling hills, hardwood trees and four seasons. I've got those here and I'm a happy camper.
Strangely, there are very few acorns this year. Gonna be a lean year for critters that rely on them. I'll bet that means that the squirrels will be flocking to our feeders even more than usual. I don't mind supplementing their food supply, but being the primary source gets tiresome, particularly as their feeding keeps the birds from the feeders.
Y'all take care