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In the mountains of Virginia, fall’s colors have mellowed to shades of brown, and in many areas, leaves have already dropped. This is the time of year to really appreciate the deep greens of our native conifers against the gray trunks of our deciduous trees.
Piedmont areas range from peak leaf season in the south to past peak in the north, with the landscape resembling a rich brocade fabric in tones of gold, rust and deep red. A drive east into the Coastal Plain still reveals a surprising intensity of color. Shades of gold are broken by occasional oranges and subdued reds for a nice contrast.
As the colors kindle, so too can wildfires. For information about the fall wildfire season and safe disposal of fallen leaves, please visit www.dof.virginia.gov.
In the song “America the Beautiful” lyricist Katharine Lee Bates dubbed our country’s ridges “purple mountain majesties.” This week, when you look out from the overlooks along Skyline Drive, into the hollows and hills of Shenandoah National Park and across the Shenandoah Valley to the Massanutten Mountains and over the foothills of the Virginia Piedmont, that phrase might come to mind. When the trees shed their leaves late in the year, as the trees in Shenandoah and nearby hills and ridges are doing now, the mountains really do take on an amethyst glow. Purple is the color of royalty, and that royal theme reverberates nicely, as most of the color left in the park and seen from its overlooks is gold. Purple and gold – the park is positively regal this week!Read More
Spend a few days relaxing to find beauty and wildlife along Virginia's coast this Fall.
Take the road less traveled. Enjoy photogenic foliage opportunities, great eats, and other hidden treasures.
Treat your family to a twinkling stroll of just a few miles or all 100 this holiday season as Richmond and the cities of Hampton Roads are lit for the annual 100 Miles of Lights.
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