The Blue Ridge Mountains Devoid of Leaves
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.