Autumn’s Arena

Shortened days and cooler nights signal the Appalachians to prepare for winter’s wardrobe. The trees celebrate autumnal equinox with a festival of color. Donning their brightest red, shocking orange, purple, and gold, they wave farewell as they toss their leaves to the wind like confetti.

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Lured to follow fall’s path, I discovered vistas of breath-taking beauty. Come with me over the next few weeks to discover the natural majesty of fall kissed mountain forests, valleys, and rivers.

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Black-faced sheep graze on succulent grasses as vibrant woodland topiary portend barren fields of snow.

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From the shelter of branch and thicket a watchful doe herd braves fence and open field to forage for tender shoots.

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Bright blue skies and windswept clouds caress variegated mountain ridges.

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Cool air rushes in, leaving a cloak of fog over mountain and river while Canada Geese pause to feed and groom before resuming their southerly migration.

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“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

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10 thoughts on “Autumn’s Arena

  1. What beautiful photos. The one with the sheep grazing is my absolute favorite! Wouldn’t it be lovely in a frame with Ps. 23 written underneath? The fall leaves are just beautiful this year – more vibrant than last year. The mountains are now just bursting with color. Yesterday was a perfect Autumn day (today it’s raining). I admit I was sad to see the end of Summer, but I can honestly say I’m joyfully embracing Autumn and am even looking forward to Winter. Each season has it’s own beauty and we must enjoy all each has to offer – just like the seasons of life, I guess! Thanks for your delightful blog!

    • Shenandoah Valley is one of my favorite places. I can only imagine those spectacular colors. Thank you for your compliment and for taking the time to comment.

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