Sunday, November 2, 2008

Autumn Colors

This weekend Cliff and I went to Hampton Virginia for a conference. During part of our trip, we drove on the Colonial Parkway. The leaves were at their peak and the colors were spectacular. My photos do not do them justice.

The National Park Service describes the parkway as follows: "An integral part of Colonial National Historical Park, this 24 mile scenic Colonial-style highway connects Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown. Its panoramic vistas, gently winding curves, through patches of Pine and Evergreen forest, constantly leaves the visitor with an expectation as to what the next curve may bring forth. "

Of course, it is always good to come back home. Here we get a first glimpse of the mountains that surround our beautiful valley.

This is the view from our family room window, looking out on the deck and the leaves of our two red maples (acer rubrum).

Autumn brings mixed emotions. Today is my mother's birthday and were she alive she'd be 101 today. However, she died suddenly in 1987, just five days shy of her 80th birthday. The leaves were spectacular on the day we buried her, as they are today. I look at the leaves in all their magnificent glory and remember her passing with great sadness. Still, I am so grateful I had such a wonderful mother.


Carolyn said...

Hi Joanie,
I enjoyed visiting you.Those little dears are so cute but they do sound like a gardeners worst nightmare.I guess I should be more thankful we don't have any on P.E.I.Thanks for your comment on my blog.
Take care,


Envoy-ette said...

This Oct.was hard for me as well. My dad died 20 years ago, and I'm missing the impact he would have had on my sons. My mother is getting too old to visit now, so our Oct. month together didn't happen.
Thank goodness for the colorful leaves, or it would be grim indeed.