Colors Peak in Otter Creek Valley
For the past six Fall seasons, the colors in the upper part of Otter Creek Valley have peaked on or about November 5th, and this year was no different. After many cloudy, misty days, the Sun broke through this morning just long enough to let me capture the splendor that unfolds here every year. All of these images and the video at the end were made just up the road from my house.
My road is unpaved leading to my house, but it was paved higher up the
valley seven years ago when a new gated development opened. The paved
road winds through the valley for almost a mile, ending at a Cul-du-Sac.
This pristine wilderness still has only one inhabited home. I like to refer to this section of road as my own personal Blue Ridge Parkway, with no traffic. I’ve been all over these mountains, and this area still has the best color I have found anywhere, and without all the tourists.
A large stand of mature Loblolly Pines criss-crosses the valley. These trees rarely grow above 1,600 feet, so seeing them in a mountain setting is very unusual. The valley floor here is only 1,300 feet in elevation, with surrounding mountains towering above 3,000 feet. This difference makes for a very dramatic setting.
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