In the long shadow of 3,300 foot Hickory Nut Mountain, Black Angus cattle graze freely as autumn makes its subtle entrance.
Greasy Creek Road meanders between the lush pastures.
The eastern slope of Hickory Hut Mountain catches the last rays of the setting sun.
Long Mountain with Pinnacle Peak at its northern slope bids farewell to a bright autumn sun as recently cut hay fields have given up their last bounty of the season.
Pinnacle Peak, above right, at just over 2,500 feet, towers over mostly uninhabited valleys along the Rutherford, McDowell County line.
A long abandoned nineteenth century brick and stucco homeplace stands watch over rolling pastures at sunset.