Fall colors within the Mountain State
Reds, yellows and oranges -- oh my!
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 00:56
Photo: Joyce Lynch
In the Mountain State everyone can tell, for many reasons, that fall is among us. The temperatures are dropping dramatically to the point where many resisters are getting out the winter clothing. The heat is coming on in many of the apartments, dorms, housing complexes and office buildings. Flu season is in bloom. Many are worried about the H1N1 virus that is currently making its rounds around the world and getting millions sick (but never fear -- that is why we have those flu shots). And pretty soon we will be turning back the clocks for "fall back" where we actually gain an hour instead of losing one.
An amazing change taking place here in the Mountain State is amongst the leaves. They are turning wonderful colors that can been seen all over, no matter where you are. Each district here offers unique colors -- some brighter than the others because of the higher elevation. The best places to start are your local state/national parks in the area. There you can get up close and personal with the beauty of the leaves' colors. However, you could also travel across the state to see them as well. If you are willing to travel than I would sugguest you go to the Bridge Day Festival on Rt. 19 and walk across the New River George Bridge. It is shut down for this two-day event. The bridge doesn't seem that long by car, but on foot it could take a few hours to walk both ways. Here on the bridge there are many booths and food venues. Many that come out here bring their cameras along to get great shots of the fall colors.
Once you are finished walking on the birdge, you can head down to the "Old Mill" state park. Here you are able to see an old fashioned mill and waterfalls. Plus, great scenic views for the fall foliage. The colors are just beautiful to see. They make a very good backdrop for group or single picture shots, but it also looks pretty just by itself.
The picture that you see was taken a few years ago near this park. Joyce Lynch was the photographer since I was in the picture. The fall colors stand out nicely in the background making it a great backdrop. This picture is also displayed here to remember her, since she passed away last year.