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The mountains of Southwest Virginia are a riot of color this week, with peak intensity expected in many areas this weekend.. A few of the highest mountain areas have already passed peak and lost some leaves to wind, but general views in this part of the state show at least 50% change.
The northern Blue Ridge in Virginia is also rapidly approaching its most amazing show, with color changes moving fast down into the valleys. Hickories have rich golden tones, which contrast nicely with the reds of maples. Most oaks are still green, although individual patches of oaks are showing deep reds and warm orange-browns.
The Piedmont's colors are still patchy, with significant changes in urban and roadside areas. Although green still dominates eastern Virginia, swampy areas are beginning to show their fall hues.
As the October 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.
The northern third of the park has some of the lowest elevations, so fall – delicious fall, which flows down the mountain like candy sprinkle-flecked maple syrup over mounds of thick oatmeal – has begun to drip in a few bright, sweet spots here and there. Dogwood trees, features of the park’s northern end, display different shades of scarlet, all of them subtle and muted. In the center of the park, the highest elevations, the mountainsides and summits flash large patches of dramatic oranges and reds, saffron yellows, turmeric golds. Blueberry bushes in the north half of Big Meadows, smack dab in the center of Shenandoah, burn chili powder red. In the south district the palette is sunnier – yellows, golds, pumpkin oranges, mangoes – with the occasional jolt of a neon-red maple spattering the canvas. Read More
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