🍂 October Beauty USA 🇺🇸
With nature’s fury before us in hurricanes and wildfires – with the impact of those two horrors on so many people it may seem wrong to celebrate nature’s beauty. I don’t believe that to be true. Maybe that’s because I am one of those fortunate enough to have been spared the fury. For now. Like natures beauty you cannot escape the fury.
So today I celebrate the beauty. It impacts me every day. From the tiny purple violets that greet me in my backyard every year to the glory of the changing colors in the park across the street, nature’s beauty is all around us. If only we stop to see.
I would like today to showcase some small, very small examples of the October beauty in nature. Starting with my own home state:
Autumn in Wisconsin has many faces but most days are cool and filled with sun and color or gray and drizzle. The first is fantastic and the second – meh.
The image below is of northern Wisconsin in the autumn. I know New England thinks it has the bragging rights about color but you would have a hard time topping the color in this picture.
The Cuyahoga Valley is simply stunning in the fall, with an array of colors you can’t get during any other season. Ohio has plenty to brag about when it comes to beautiful fall colors.
We don’t often think of beautiful fall color in the south. Yet this is simply stunning color at the Reserve at Lake Keowee. Not the same as in the north when the weather changes so greatly in the fall but a subtle palette of beauty all it’s own.
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area preserves the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries in northeastern Tennessee and southeastern Kentucky.
Keep your eyes peeled for moose or elk along the Blackfoot River on Highway 200 out of Missoula in northwestern Montana.
Other areas of Montana are alive with different and more vibrant colors. I liked the subtle yellow, ocher, green and gray outlining the magnificent moose.
For Idaho, like for most of the other states there are so many images of beauty that it difficult to choose one to post. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and once my eyes beheld this I was a captive. There are many other different and glorious images but this one captured my heart and eye.
Idaho, east, waterfall where Fall Creek Meets the south fork of the Snake River.
Georgia peaches and pecans are the first things that enter my mind when I think of Georgia. But a little research turned up this magnificent autumn beauty.
One of the most spectacular canyons in the eastern U.S., Tallulah Gorge is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. Visitors can hike rim trails to several overlooks, or they can obtain a permit to hike to the gorge floor (100 per day, not available during water releases). A suspension bridge sways 80 feet above the rocky bottom, providing spectacular views of the river and waterfalls.
North Dakota in all it’s autumn glory is breathtaking. Until I set out on this journey I had no knowledge of the Pembina Gorge. And that shows how little I know because my father was born in Minot, North Dakota.
The Pembina Gorge in North Dakota at sunset with prime Fall Colors in late September 2013.
I know little or nothing about Oregon and I am ashamed to admit it. But the beauty in this image speaks to the heart.
Sweet Creek Trail, Mapleton, Oregon in the fall.
Another beautiful place I didn’t know existed. The color is, as always, glorious and the history interesting.
Fonthill, also known as Fonthill Castle, was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Built between 1908 and 1912, it is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 44 rooms, over 200 windows, 18 fireplaces, 10 bathrooms and one powder room. The home was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
That’s just a sampling of the beauty of our great country. From the hurricanes coming in from one shining sea to the wildfires threatening so much near the other shining sea.
We can, and should be aware and concerned about the fury while still seeing the beauty. Such is life. Good and bad. Today I choose to celebrate beauty.
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