The fall colors along the drive, on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ordinarily peak in mid-October and alone are worth the trip. In a slow-motion wave, the color comes first to the chestnut or red oak forests on the ridge tops, turning next to the mid-slopes covered in mixed hardwoods such as sumac, maple, ash and basswood, which are set ablaze in shades of red and orange. Following closely are the yellow poplars and birches along the lower slopes and valleys.
Early reds in the Blue Ridge. An original painting by Pat Adams - inspired by our trip to the 5200 ft elevation level in late September, 2011. While most colors were just beginning to change - this one tree was in full autumn color - and was such a delightful show off! You can find my available paintings at: www.bonanza.com/booths/NaturesViews