Monday, November 9, 2009

Walk into Winter

The Blue Ridge Mountains Devoid of Leaves

Japanese Maple
The Japanese Maple behind my house still was vivid as I left for Sunday's walk in the mountains.

Even though the temperature was a summery seventy degrees, the AT near Wildcat Ridge was wintry in appearance as I stepped onto the trail.

This old tree has survived fires, storms and time...

...and has seen the passage of thousands of hikers.

The trail passes through a stand of pines.

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