This weekend was peak leaf color in areas around Asheville (I think farther north, the leaves peaked around a week or two ago.) It’s always fun to watch the stages of the colors.
My in-laws were in town, so we decided to head out to the Blue Ridge Parkway to see what we could find. We had the toddler and he suffered through three overlooks before a meltdown. (At the fourth overlook, we didn’t get him out – a grandparent stayed with him. And by the fifth overlook, we didn’t get out at all. We just headed back to town.)
I love that I live in an area where these views are minutes from my house. It took us an hour to reach our meltdown/turnaround point. And it took us roughly 30 minutes to get back to town.
When I was younger, I recall going on the BRP with my mom and hating it. I didn’t like the afternoon drives. I definitely see my son’s point of view. And I understand what my mom was doing too. Role reversal at its best!
The best time to photograph is sunrise and dusk. We were there well after sunrise, and the sun was pretty harsh. I only wish I could get up earlier or have a tolerant toddler who wouldn’t mind being on the parkway late in the afternoon.
All of these photos were taken just south of Asheville, NC. We got on the Parkway near the Arboretum. (I think that’s around milepost 393.) We headed south from there.
Oh yeah, and we went to lunch in south Asheville. Just to show you the brightness of the colors, this was taken in the parking lot.
What’s fall like in your area? Do you live in flat lands? Mountains? Any fall color at all?