Of Golden Leaves and Golden Light

One last look at autumn…

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I took this photograph on Thursday morning.  The happy, blue-sky, blue-birds-singing, Care-bears-cavorting look of it belies the violence of the weather that morning.  In fact, the wind was blowing so hard, I had to brace my whole body to try to keep the camera still.  The snow blowing sideways into my face stung so painfully, I had to squint my eyes.  And my hands were so cold, I could barely operate the camera buttons.  But it was worth it.  What you can’t see quite clearly is that the rows between the Christmas trees in the field were filled with golden leaves that had just been blown off the trees.  And you will notice that the rainbow’s end was in the field.  So I couldn’t help but think that, for once, there really was a golden treasure at the end of the rainbow.

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Below are a few pictures I took  a couple of weeks ago when Tom and I had to go on a little business roadtrip.  As always, we mixed business with pleasure by taking the Blue Ridge Parkway.  These were taken at my very favorite time of day–early morning just after sunrise. 

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And, finally, here is a shot I took in the evening about a month ago as we returned from a walk up on the ridge above our house.  The late afternoon autumn sun illuminated the side of the mountain, bathing it in a wondrous golden light.   Glory be.

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10 Responses to “Of Golden Leaves and Golden Light”

  1. June Says:

    I know what you mean about the wind! We had gales up here at Blackberry Ridge too. They even knocked our satellite dish off-line. Today, our temps are back being mild. It’s certainly a roller coaster this time of year.

    Beth, these are some awesome photos. Are you SURE you just point and shoot?? What part of the parkway were you on when you took these?

  2. Verdurous Says:

    Wow, truly stunning. You live in a beautiful part of the world.

  3. marion Says:

    Lovely, lovely. I could get lost in that first parkway photo. My husband has been asking me what I’d like for Christmas, and I’m thinking Digital Camera. HE has one, that he sometimes lets me use. Maybe. If I ask nicely…and promise to return it immediately.

    And NO, since it is Christmas, I will not accept his ‘old’ camera while he buys himself one with more bells and whistles!

    Any suggestions for easy-use camera?

  4. blueridgebluecollargirl Says:

    As a matter of fact, Marion, I’m rather fond of my inexpensive little Canon A560. It is very easy to use–you can pretty much just point and shoot. But the best thing is–if you are inclined– you can also customize some of the settings and use it in a manual mode. Also, a nice feature is the fact that it uses ordinary AA batteries (two of them) instead of some expensive proprietary battery. One drawback: not much of a zoom, so I can’t get good shots of my beloved birds. But a great little camera for the price.

  5. wesleyjeanne Says:

    Nice post, Beth. I always love it when the mountains seem to have that golden glow.

  6. CountryDew Says:

    Fantastic shots! You have a wonderful eye. Love the one with the rainbow, that is simply beautiful.

  7. Susan Says:

    Yes, one last look indeed. The trees are rapidly getting bare here, it won’t be long now, the colorful fall will be over and will just be a flash of memory on the digital camera chip, just a pile of leaves waiting to be raked, just a longed-for warm spell in the transition to winter.

    Your photos are wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  8. colleen Says:

    You light up my life!

  9. bluemountainmama Says:

    whoa! that first photo is absolutely magical…. great capture! and all the others are lovely, as well….

  10. eemilla Says:

    I love your photos.

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