Road Trip

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”

— Anonymous

 

Randy and I took a spur of the moment road trip Sunday.  The purpose of the trip was to enjoy and photograph early fall colors on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains of North Carolina.

We decided to make our first destination

Graveyard Fields.  Graveyard Fields is always a great choice for early fall color due to its elevation of over 5,000 feet.

Although we often plan our road trips to arrive at a location in time for sunrise, we decided to leave a bit later.  We would arrive in time to take advantage of the early morning light, but have a bit more relaxed start time for our day.  That being said, we still woke up at 4:30 a.m. in order to begin our day trip.

The festive fall colors and displays of a garden center along our way delayed our arrival to the parkway.

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

 

Ready for the Season

Ready for the Season

 

Textured

Textured

When we finally arrived at Graveyard Fields, the color did not disappoint.

Floating Leaves

Floating Leaves

 

Everything is Better with a Dog

Everything is Better with a Dog

 

Soft Light

Soft Light

 

Flow

Flow

 

Autumn's Reflections

Autumn’s Reflections

 

The Red Tree

The Red Tree

While at Graveyard Fields, we ran into friends Chris and Bonnie Allen.  Chris and Bonnie lead tours in the North Carolina Mountains.  You can find information about their tours on their website, Ashevillephoto.tours.  Bonnie let me know that there were monarch butterflies migrating that could be seen at the Cherry Cove Overlook.

On our way home, we stopped at the Cherry Cove Overlook.  We were certainly not the only ones there.  It did not take long to begin seeing the butterflies.  They came sporadically, but it was such a joy to see them on their way to their winter homes.  Using the images I took of monarchs I saw at the overlook in a short period of time, I created this composite of the location with the butterflies.  It was such an incredible thing to witness.

Monarch Migration

Monarch Migration

It was a perfect day for a road trip to the mountains.  I am so thankful that I live close enough that I am able to visit in just one day.

I cannot wait for our next mountain adventure!

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