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Fall vegetable garden still has tomatoes, peppers

By Lynn R. Mitchell

2After almost two weeks of rain, we checked out the garden today to see what had survived the weather. Today’s deep blue skies and bright sunshine are a contrast the rain and fog that had become the norm for the end of September and beginning of October.

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Back roads, sheep farms, mountain vistas of Highland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

32Highland County is also known as Virginia’s “Little Switzerland” because of its mountains and sheep. Sparsely populated, the vistas year round are exceptionally stunning but in the fall vibrant oranges, reds, and golds make the mountain slopes come alive with color. These photos were taken on September 30 when only the far western part of the county was at peak but the next week will see big changes as the autumn color show moves east. (For more photos see Fall colors brighten western Highland County.)

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Fall colors brighten western Highland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

15With a hurricane tracking toward the East Coast and weather forecasters discussing a “perfect storm” of high winds and historic rainfalls within a few days, we took advantage of the break in the weather on Wednesday, September 30, and headed out Route 250 west of Staunton as we looked for fall. We found it at the high elevations of western Highland County at the West Virginia state line — the bright oranges, red, and golds that will spread eastward over the next weeks.

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Happy Fall! First day of autumn 2015

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Here’s a load of pumpkins to celebrate the first day of autumn in 2015.

Happy Fall!

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Showy flowers of Fall

2Chrysanthemums … one of the flowers of Fall.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
August 2015

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A day with Mom at Dayton Farmers Market

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????While my parents visited last week, Mom and I slipped away, driving the 30 minutes from my house to the Dayton Farmers Market in the Old Order Mennonite town of Dayton. It was Thursday and a horse and buggy were at hitching post when we arrived. The owners soon climbed in and clopped-clopped away down Route 42 toward “downtown” Dayton in rural Rockingham County.

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Thursday travels in Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Thursday I traveled to Lexington and Rockbridge and back to Augusta before heading to Waynesboro. The rural beauty of mountains and Shenandoah Valley never cease to amaze me in this part of Virginia. With dark clouds hanging low, I ran through several rain showers. This picture was in Rockbridge looking toward the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Autumn colors in Franklin, Tennessee

Katy Lord Visit Franklin

By Katy Lord

Fall in Franklin, Tennessee … I was flattered to have my photo shared by Visit Franklin! 

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Katy Mitchell Lord grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but now lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee. A 2012 graduate of Staunton’s Mary Baldwin College, she earned a BS in Sustainable Business with a minor in Marketing. Katy is the daughter of Lynn R. Mitchell and shares a love of photography.

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My parents

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????My parents came to visit this week for five days of spending time together enjoying autumn in western Virginia. Not only did we enjoy lively conversations and a visit to the Dayton Farmers Market but they were here for Halloween and our trick-or-treaters.

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Fairlawn Farm celebrates fall in Highland County

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????If you left Fairlawn Farm this weekend and weren’t in the fall mood, there’s not much more that could be done because it doesn’t get much better than all the activities offered by Highland County’s Sheriff Tim Duff and his wife Terry. They were celebrating autumn in a big way with friends and visitors at their farm just south of Monterey near Mill Gap and, just as he does during March’s Maple Festival, Tim was teaching the old ways from the past by using vintage equipment with a little help from his friends.

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Blue Ridge Parkway autumn colors peaking in North Carolina

???????????????????????????????By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Blue Ridge Parkway Color Daily Tracker is reporting, “This will be one of the best weekends of the year to travel the southern sections of the Parkway.  We are getting reports of near peak color around Grandfather Mountain, Mount Mitchell, Craggy Gardens, and the Balsam range.”

To read more or sign up for email notifications, check out the Blue Ridge Parkway Color Daily Tracker.

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