Nine days after my previous visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt. Mitchell, I returned yesterday to see the changes on the slopes below 4,500 feet. As I stated in my previous post covering the same area, the leaves are late in changing this year. Greens are still prevalent throughout the forests, and this week will be the prime time to enjoy this annual spectacle along this stretch of the Parkway.
This is the view out my passenger side window looking Southeast toward Lake Lure.
A look to the right reveals layer upon layer of ridges carved by weather over millions of years. The direction is southerly toward Hendersonville.
The view from a Parkway Overlook South toward Interstate 40…
A view of the Parkway from the same Overlook
Crossing over to the west side of the ridge, Mt. Mitchell, far left, dominates the Black Mountain Range.
Nine days ago, this mountainside was mostly green. I’ve learned over the years that it pays to return to the same place numerous times during the Fall season.
This unusual evergreen skeleton hangs on to a steep slope in this view to the northeast and the distant Piedmont Plateau around Lake James and Morganton.