We reckoned that today would be the peak of fall colors at mid-elevations, i.e. 3,000-4,000ft, in the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs through the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina.
So Rick, Janice and I headed that way with the expectations of wonderful sights on this beautiful blue-sky day with the sort of photogenic wispy clouds beloved of would-be artistic photographers like Rick and me.
As you can see, some of the trees at these lower elevations have changed color but most are still green.
As we went along, the elevations increased and the fall colors became more pronounced.
The first point of interest was Pilot Mountain, just a few miles north of Winston-Salem where Rick and I visited at the same time of year in 2013.
I always get tempted to take a photo of the dramatically-shaped mountain as we’re approaching it:
Our first stop was at a roadside market just across the state border between North Carolina and Virginia:
This provided some more opportunities to develop our photographic artistry (we’re still learning!):
Here are some of the photos and videos we took today:
The next photos and videos were taken at Mabry Mill on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a celebrated tourist attraction because of the photogenic, picturesque historic watermill:
It’s really not my doing that I figure more than Rick in the photographs – I know Rick doesn’t like upstaging me so I don’t take his photo very much; but I’m sure you want to see at least something of us, not just the scenery, don’t you? Hmmm??
A kindly passer-by offered to take this photo of Janice and me, but we had to resist his attempts at posing us as if we were an item:
and this next photo is the result of some extensive work by Rick as he learns to use new photo-editing software – yet it looks very natural, doesn’t it?
And this is where we found the peak of the fall colors on the Parkway:
Here’s Rick using an app he found to make ‘bubble’ panoramas. It’s best to view with a touch screen whereby you can wipe the bubble around in all directions; not quite so easily you can use a mouse. Unfortunately Rick also photographed his feet which makes it look as though he lost his footing:
And on our way home we stopped at a covered bridge, a very unusual sight in this part of the U.S., at Stuart, Virginia.
The first video is of the covered bridge, and the second is taken just the other side of the bridge:
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