Sunday, October 5, 2008

the mystic realm

The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through the mystic realm of color.
--Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) German-born American abstract expressionist painter

Autumn has arrived in the high country of North Carolina! It's always such a surprise coming from the green of east Tennessee to see how early fall comes to the area around Grandfather Mountain. This photo was taken from MacRae Meadows, one of my favorite 'fall' spots each year. It's becoming a real challenge to find new angles of these trees -- click here, here and here to see my previous photos from this location. The color so far (as of yesterday) is best around Grandfather. We really wanted to hike up to Rough Ridge (Blue Ridge Parkway mile 303) to see the reds and golds which are beginning to adorn the Linn Cove Viaduct (Mile 304), but the parking area was packed. So we headed on to Beacon Heights (mile 305) and Flat Rock (mile 308), both offered terrific views of the unfolding season. It's not yet 'peak', but there's definitely plenty of color. If you want to play hooky this week, I recommend entering the mystic realm of Grandfather Mountain and Rough Ridge. :)

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