After an unusually cool summer, with many mornings reaching the upper 40’s, the trees and shrubs on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge are already beginning to display those colors that make this area so popular with tourist in the fall. We’re still two months away from the peak of color along the Blue Ridge Parkway around Grandfather mountain, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the woods today.
Dogwood and other waxy leafed trees are getting a head start on Fall.
The Blackberries that gave us their fruit for all those cobblers and homemade ice cream now show us the reds and oranges that signal the end of summer.
The Tulip Poplars are turning yellow already, and fluttering in the breeze of late summer storms.
The days are getting shorter, and the forest is reacting to the change.
Where everything was green a week ago, now color is appearing everywhere you look.