Saturday, October 20, 2012

Autumn Foliage in the Mountains of North Carolina

I drove over to the Blue Ridge Mall yesterday (for a Craft show) and stopped in a parking lot on the way to take these photos!


We are very close to Peak colors here in the mountains!


(No editing on the top two)

I just had to take one photo to Picmonkey to play with it. Here’s the original…


I made a pencil sketch in Picassa…


and then I did a Lomo effect in Picmonkey.


I’m joining Beverly for Autumn Flowers and Foliage on Pink Saturday.


Do you have pretty maple trees in your neighborhood?


Vee said...

Some. Not as lovely as this. Wowzer. I'd have stopped to take pictures, too. And to think that you're still heading for Peak. We are in peak in the western foothills and are looking forward to Past Peak. ☺

Sheila said...

Your photos are lovely. There are a variety of maples called Manitoba Maples where we are but their leaves are tiny. It would be so lovely to see the beautiful oak and maple leaves I remember. Have a good weekend!

cucki said...

your pictures are so lovely...super beautiful..
have a lovely weekend xxx

Trace4J said...

Oh my goodness.
Just beautiful.
Thank you Creator of all.
Thank you sweet Friend for sharing such beauty.
Have a wonderful Fall Weekend.

Donna said...

There aren't many maples around where we live, sad to say. They sure are glorious! We just got back from our little jaunt to the Brevard area. We even popped up to Asheville one day to see the crafts fair (we got free tickets, LOL). The colors were at their peak in the Pisgah National Forest. We timed it just right! And where exactly are you at in NC? I wish I had thought about giving you a shout-out!

Susie said...

Love the photos.. You are a couple weeks behind us on our fall colors...yesterday's rain took many of the leaves right off the trees. Enjoy your beautiful time of the year. I like the way you did those pictures. Smiles, Susie

Primitive Stars said...

Greeting From Winnipeg....such beautiful Maple all the scenic Fall pictures....Sadly no Maples where I live....But I sure enjoyed seeing yours...Thanks, Francine.

Susan said...

We have three huge maples in our yard, but due to our whacky summer (very dry) the leaves are falling (what a mess!), but with little color.I can only hope that since we were deprived of a beautiful fall that our winter will be kind to us:-))

Jane and Chris said...

Our property has many maples..we have a golden carpet of leaves outside our windows.
Jane x

Yael from Home Garden Diggers said...

Lovely leaves. Such color. We Did get further on the Blue Ridge Parkway Wednesday to Mt. Mitchell. Gorgeous color, best around 4000 ft or so. Mt Mitchell was past prime. This time we had no fog and the sun was glorious. We left Asheville on Thursday, before the Craft Fair, unfortunately. Still got to go downtown, to the RivernArts District and to the Folk Arts Center. All of it was WOW. We had a great time.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

Elizabeth said...

No maple trees here, I do hope we get to the blueridge parkway this year. We have a boating event in Ft. Myers Nov.9th, as much as i enjoy these events with friends, I would rather be in N.C. When do you think the leaves will peak there?

LV said...

We never have anything this beautiful in Texas. What a wonderful world to wake up to each day.

Tami @ Creative girl Vintage said...

So beautiful! We are waiting for our trees to turn. Out here on the East coast and still having 70 degree weather. I need fall!!!
Happy Pink Saturday..xo Tami

Catherine Holman said...

I've so enjoyed your autumn photos. We are on our way out the door today to take in all the beautiful colors.

ImagiMeri said...

Very makes me just wanna' jump in that pile of leaves!


jody said...

such beautiful colors an photos! always fun to photo-shop too! enjoy your day!

Rose Garden Malevik said...

woow........that´s some great photos.just love the colours :)
and do not miss.....




it is FUN :)
Håkan ( The Roseman)

beachcomber said...

wow stunning colours in your neighbourhood! nothing like that in mine.

Della said...

I do have a maple tree, but it never looks as beautiful as this!

Terra said...

I like the first photo and the one you used for picmonkey the best.

Chubskulit Rose said...

My kids would love to play in the pile of leaves you have.

Healthy Pink Snacks
Have an enjoyable Pink Saturday!

SImple and Serene Living said...

These are so pretty. Diane. Hope you are in enjoying fall in Asheville. The leaves are beautiful here now, too. It's a lovely surprise after the hot dry summer.


Unknown said...

Soooo beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing, Diane!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Our trees aren't that pretty here!

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Hi Diane, thank you for your sweet comment and birthday wishes. Our Gators won their game today so my birthday has been lots of fun.

Your photos are great and I too love to use different applications to change my photos. Fall in the mountains where we live is almost peak right now. However, for the next two weeks we will be in Fl. Missing the peak color I guess.

Happy Pink Saturday.
xo, Jeanne

cynthia lee designs said...

Beautiful photos!! Yep...I have a maple tree in my backyard and it is in full Fall colors right now.
Have a great Sunday!!

Rebecca Nelson said...

No pretty oaks in my neighborhood. We do have scrub oaks (black jack?) and they just turn yucky brown but often don't fall from the trees until February. They don't look so nice.

LOVE LOVE LOVE your photos. Beautiful.

Love, Rebecca

Unknown said...

beautiful colours! I cnat begin to describe how much I love fall! :)


Mary Howell Cromer said...

Autumn colours, all so beautiful. Here in KY we are right about where you are in peak season. We are going to take a long drive after church today to take in the beauty~

Zimbabwe said...

Fantastic photos, love the last one best. We have a Canadian maple, it is only just starting to drop its leaves. Take care Diane

Vintage Gal said...

Beautiful fall photos ~ we had a wicked wind storm here last week and almost all of the leaves are off the treas now. They were pretty reds, oranges and yellows, but now they are on the ground. I love fall ;-)

Dogmom Diva said...

What beautiful scenery and pictures..we don't have 'fall' here in the desert southwest..I miss the leaves turning and the golden rich reds and browns..thank you for sharing and also for stopping by my blog!


Sue McPeak said...

It's really FALL/AUTUM in your neck of the woods. It's not yet, here in my part of Texas. Beautiful photos and Fun Fall Foliage Fotos. Great job. Thanks for stopping by CITexas Gal for Pink Saturday.

Diane Writes said...

Hello there namemate! We don't have that much trees here because I live in a crowded and fast paced life in the city. Seeing such beautiful pictures in your posts really make me feel more refreshed and relaxed. Wishing you a great week ahead!

PS I love your new blog header.

Diane Writes said...

Hello there namemate! We don't have that much trees here because I live in a crowded and fast paced life in the city. Seeing such beautiful pictures in your posts really make me feel more refreshed and relaxed. Wishing you a great week ahead!

PS I love your new blog header.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Beautiful Fall colors!! You have a wonderful view from your balcony (previous post) !.

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Lovely photos, Diane. Don't you just adore autumn!?