For leaf-peepers headed up towards the Blue Ridge Parkway this weekend, you should be timed just about right in some places and maybe a week early in others.
The gentle inch of rain we got this week has helped to perk things us a bit, and at least so far, no blustery gusts have done what they can do in a short period of hours to leaves, dead and dying and holding on by a thread.
This morning, a tattered fog hangs over the pasture. I hope possibly the low ceiling will lift in about an hour as the sun just crests the ridge. Our hillsides are near peak, and even though I have many images from every year since 1999 when we moved in (the week before Thanksgiving) I can always use a few more, because every image on the memory card is one on the memory cells in my human software too.
This shot of autumn-variety Virginia Creeper was taken yesterday at the old mill dam on Goose Creek, a quarter mile before that stream meets Bottom Creek to form the south fork of the Roanoke River. As you can see, there is plenty of water passing over the old stone and concrete dam.
And I don’t think I’ve ever told you that I discovered just a few months ago, while researching the history of the old revolutionary era forts in our area, that Goose Creek (that bisects our land) was the old name for the Roanoke River!
I always thought Goose Creek was a name cooked up by one of the neighbors when roads were given names in the Emergency 911 era. But it stands to reason: we are within 2 miles of the very source of the western-most branch of the South Fork of what is now called the Roanoke River. This winding stream ends up on the Atlantic coast, near the early colony of the same name, apparently derived from an Indian name for the coastline and/or river: roonock.
- 2011 Fall Color At Blue Ridge Parkway – Updated 10/11/11 (naturalhistorywanderings.com)