Fall Color Blog
Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 13, 2016
According to Dr. Howard Neufeld, "Fall Color Guy" and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, cool mornings, moderate daytime temperatures and abundant sunshine have accelerated leaf color development in the High Country. In fact, since last weekend, hillsides in the 3,000 to 4,500 elevation range have seen a 30 [...]
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Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 12, 2016
Foliage in the area is getting more vibrant every day as we get closer to peak color. Forecasters are predicting peak conditions at higher elevations this weekend. Right now, the drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway between Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain is among the most colorful tours of the [...]
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Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 11, 2016
There is more fall color to enjoy every day. These maples at the top of Green Hill Road have been shifting over the last week, but it seems like most of the color seen here happened overnight! It's beautiful in the High Country right now. While many places are still [...]
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Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 10, 2016
The hike at Rough Ridge Overlook is a massively popular one. On an early Monday morning, however, the trail is beautifully quiet. Being up on the ridge in a bracing morning wind, surrounded by fall color and clear blue skies... it's highly recommended. We forgot the zoom lens this morning, [...]
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Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 9, 2016
Right now, the drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway between Blowing Rock and Grandfather Mountain is really lighting up with fall color! We will see more acceleration in autumn hues as the cooler weather continues over the next few days. Today's image is a good example of color found in [...]
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Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 8, 2016
A very cloudy and somewhat windy day brought more fall chill to the air. Foliage changes seem to be happening almost constantly, so there is something new to see every day. The maples in Memorial Park in Blowing Rock are starting to show lots of color, like this one by Wallingford [...]
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Fall Photo: October 7, 2016
The small towns that make up the High Country all have their own welcoming personality. Home to Ashe County Cheese, the Florence Thomas Art School, and an outstanding public art display, downtown West Jefferson is worth checking out! Today, heavy rains dampened many of the potential vistas, but this view [...]
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Fall Photo: October 6, 2016
Today on Grandfather Mountain, bright color could be seen here and there, especially on mountain ash trees. The fruit of the tree is a clustered berry that ripens to a vibrant scarlet in the fall. The tree is fairly common in the higher elevations of the High Country, and it's a [...]
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Fall Photo: October 5, 2016
Few trees are as colorful as a fall sassafras, which shows a wide variety of hues, often all on a single plant. The leaves are not all the same, either. Some have a single lobe, looking much like a mitten, while others have multiple lobes or none at all. In autumn, [...]
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Fall Color Blog
Fall Photo: October 4, 2016
Smaller maples in the Blowing Rock and Boone area, like those planted along streets and commercial areas, often show striking color well ahead of most trees around them. Those along Rivers Street at Appalachian State University, on the ridge behind Basil's Restaurant, and by Doncaster Outlet all feature bright red [...]
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