Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Color in the Hills


I always enjoy the drive down to North Carolina when we go to the furniture market in the fall. It only takes about seven-hours to make the trip and the scenery through the mountains can often be spectacular.

These photos were taken through a bug-splattered window and we were zipping through the passes, so they are not the best quality, by any means; but I wanted to show you some of the colors we saw.


We left Ohio early in the morning while it was still dark. As the morning skies finally came to light,  they stayed overcast and a little rainy as we entered the mountains of West Virginia. The low level clouds of mist hung so close to the ground that we actually passed through them in many places on the road. Here, they hovered right above the trees alongside the highway.




The hills were still predominantly green, but they were interspersed with the beginnings of  gold and orange .  When I first saw the clouds from a distance, I thought they were smoke.



Blue skies had begun to emerge through the clouds as we neared the Virginia border. But after we passed through the tunnel which led us into the “Lover’s State,” the trees didn’t seem as vividly colored. That mountain must be a line of demarcation as far as the weather goes.




On the trip back home, the colors seemed more vivid than they did in the foggy skies on the way down.




Billowy clumps of trees looked like colored cotton on this hillside.





If you’re interested in seeing a few of the things we saw at the market, visit my last post, here


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Susan said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures!! I miss the colorful falls. Here in Myrtle Beach the falls are not so pretty!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely, Sue! I grew up in that part of the country and miss it especially in the fall! Thanks for the little peek! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Shelia said...

Most gorgeous, Sue!! I grew up in Alabama and we had those gorgeous colors but not here on the Texas gulf coast! I'm just a little jealous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful pictures, Sue. I didn't realize Virginia was so pretty. It seems the leaves have been slow to change this year but the pictures on your return home are quite vivid! Just stunning.

Thanks for your emails on the 'industrial' look that I had questions on. You gave me some great inspiration!


La said...

Great pictures, Sue. I've never been down that way in the fall.

Unfortunately, I get claustrophobic in the mountains of West Virginia and Virgina because 77 goes straight through them. It's a very tight passage.

Pat said...

Beautiful shots, Sue! I've been on that road...loved it.

One of the things I like best about the lake is that mist rising. Just so peaceful and amazing.

Jo said...

Great photos!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing the beautiful Fall color! No where near that much color here. The hickory nut trees are a combination of yellow and brown, as has been so dry.

Marydon said...

G'eve Sue ~ Oh, yes, you captured the hills beautifully. Why don't I know you live in OH?
Have a great autumn eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Chambray Blue said...

Pretty pictures! We're not getting a whole lot of color as of yet here in western md.

Jo said...

Soooo pretty,wow!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Beautiful pics of the mountains! I love going down I-77 in WV and on into Va. The scenery is spectacular! When we were in Columbus the other day the color was not really there but as we went further east towards our home, it seemed to be more colorful. I love this time of year....the color change always makes me feel good! It is 6 hrs to Charlotte, N.C. from our house.
~Hugs, Patti

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Sue, those are great shots for coming from the car. I took a few like that too. The color around Asheville was gorgeous. Lots of yellows and golds.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

We have not been to the NC mountains in several years, but I've always felt they are the most magnificent scenery to behold. Thanks for sharing these great pictures.


Light and Voices said...

Lovely collage of Fall color.
Joyce M

eileeninmd said...

Love the colorful trees and the mosaic. Some beautiful fall foilage along the roads.

Miss Char said...

Beautiful pictures Sue. Our color here is just about finished, there are still a few sugar maples in brilliant red but most of the leaves are starting to hit the ground.

Thanks for sharing the beautiful colors of the south.

Twice as Nice said...

Breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL!! I just love driving around and looking at all the trees this time a year. I bet the scenery made you trip seem a lot shorter!! Have a great week.

Balisha said...

What beautiful soft pictures of fall. It must have been a beautiful drive. Thanks for the email yesterday...Things are going well here hope the same for you. Balisha

Kim, USA said...

I thought it's cloud too. Lovely shots thanks for sharing!
The Lake

Vanessa said...

Hi Sue! Oh I love those photos so much and have always wanted to visit that area...maybe someday! I especially like the collage of pics you did at the end. Just lovely!

Donnie said...

Your outdoors pictures are so beautiful. Especially the color.

Brenda Kula said...

Seems like yesterday you guys were going to market last year. How time flies. The trees are absolutely beautiful. We don't get to see that sort of thing here.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

The fall color of the trees are absolutely gorgeous, Sue! What lovely scenery to look at on your drive. Seven hours though... seems like a long drive... especially with my two kids... haha! I checked out your last post and could see why the drive is worth it. Wow... there were some gorgeous pieces there!! Really unique items!
Glad to hear you had a fun trip!
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

There is a beautiful, dreamy quality to your photos, Sue. The misty fog remonds me of San Francisco!

I'm off to see your post about what you found in NC!
♥ Pat

xinex said...

Just breathraking, Sue! Beautiful photos!...Christine

xinex said...

Just breathraking, Sue! Beautiful photos!...Christine

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful photos! laurie

Vanessa said...

Hi Sue! I just had to come back by and say thanks for linking up the gorgeous photos in this post to the party this week! And, is that a new profile photo I spy??? Lovely lady! :-)

Bella said...

Hi Sue, I love taking a nice drive in the fall too, The hills are gorgeous love the hovering mist:-))
Thanks for visiting me:-) The little witches shoe came from a gift shop at the local pumpkin patch:-))
Have a great Weekned!

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful trip!

I'd love for you to link Seasonal Sundays with your beautiful seasonal scenery.

- The Tablescaper

Cabin and Cottage said...

I've never been through that part of the country. Beautiful scenes. Makes me want to take the drive too!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's a fun mosaic! It's so pretty now that the leaves are turning colors!

hip-chick said...

Oh what a beautiful ride you had! I absolutely love the photo on your header.

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

I would recognize the Smokey Mountains anywhere. Beautiful pictures and accurate description.

Custom Comforts said...

What lovely pictures even in the fog. It is always a joy to travel in the fall when the leaves are turning. Makes for such a pretty drive.

Sherry said...

Beautiful fall colors! I grew up in KY and I thought this looked like the Appalachians. Great road trip.

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

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Shirley said...

I love Fall and these pictures sure show why!!! Beautiful!