Summer Ends in Otter Creek Valley

With the first day of Autumn just three days away, I wanted to share some images from the past two weeks that capture the waning days of summer here in this valley just north of Lake Lure.

Milkweed is blooming everywhere. These thistle plants are thorny and uninviting until the pink appears.

Milkweed is blooming everywhere. These thistle plants are thorny and uninviting until the pink appears.


Color is creeping into the woods all over the valley.

Color is creeping into the woods all over the valley.


Unusual mushrooms suddenly appear in early September. I call this one Andy Warhol for obvious reasons.

Unusual mushrooms suddenly appear in early September. I call this one Andy Warhol for obvious reasons.


This one reminds me of the dancing Chinese mushrooms in Disney's Fantasia.

This one reminds me of the dancing Chinese mushrooms in Disney’s Fantasia.


Otter Pond Relection
Otter Pond takes on many personalities as Summer subsides…
Otter Pond Contrails
This week the low was 39 degrees in the valley, and the pond was framed by countless jet plane contrails.

Otter Pond Fog
Cold mornings bring clouds of steam rising from the pond.

Otter Pond Color
Late afternoon sun makes for amazing reflections in the still surface.

Otter Creek Meadow
Goldenrod and Ironweed fill the meadow along Otter Creek Road.

dicks mountain farm
The Civil War farm beneath Dick’s Mountain is hidden by the Black Walnut trees.

Wolf Pen Mountain Sunset
Wolf Pen Mountain on the western rim of the valley bids farewell to the summer sun.

2 thoughts on “Summer Ends in Otter Creek Valley

  1. Quite beautiful…..hate to see the end of summer coming so soon though!Patsy From: Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog To: pjcar119@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:56 PM Subject: [New post] Summer Ends in Otter Creek Valley #yiv9122553664 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv9122553664 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv9122553664 a.yiv9122553664primaryactionlink:link, #yiv9122553664 a.yiv9122553664primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv9122553664 a.yiv9122553664primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv9122553664 a.yiv9122553664primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv9122553664 WordPress.com | Carolina Vann posted: “With the first day of Autumn just three days away, I wanted to share some images from the past two weeks that capture the waning days of summer here in this valley just north of Lake Lure.Otter Pond takes on many personalities as Summer subs” | |

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