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There is still lots of green left so I am guessing still 1 1/2 – 2  weeks until peek colors. It was a cool breezy day (42F this morning) with only very early fog:

 

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Above the clouds and rain

Above the clouds and rain

We have accumulated 6.85 inches of rain here in the mountains during the past 2 and 1/2 days. I left at 9 AM and got a photo from AR 327. This is unusual for October, usually our nicest month temperature and precipitation wise. The Buffalo River at Ponca is 6″ over the bridge and rising fast. On the way back from Ponca, I got into some clear skies and took the 2nd photo but more thundershowers are on the way. The trees in the Bostons are still mostly green so a few weeks are needed yet for full color.

 

Ponca Bridge

Ponca Bridge

Boston Mtn Range looking towards Parthenon on AR 74

Boston Mtn Range looking towards Parthenon on AR 74

 

 

 

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These leaf examples were found and photographed yesterday, 9/26/14, in the afternoon. These are only examples and most of the same trees are unchanged yet. The fog was thick this morning and we had to wait until 8;30 to take any photos. The final photo is of an Orchard Oriole in  a Sassafras Tree; all tasked with point and shoots.

 

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Sycamore Reflections

 

 

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Fallen Black Gun Leaves

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Blackgum under an unturned Oak

White Oak

White Oak

Sassafras

Sassafras

blackgum at Lost Valley

blackgum at Lost Valley

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Orchard Oriole in a Sassafras Tree

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The first peak is near (maybe today or tomorrow); but it is beautiful !! We are expecting 2-3 inches of rain in the next 36 hours and that will possibly make the Buffalo River from Boxley to Pruitt floatable by weeks end and through the weekend and maybe next week. There should still be a good amount of color left in some trees; making this the ideal canoe or kayak float for fall colors; A FLASH FLOOD WATCH was just issued !!

 

Top of Sherman Mountain looking down

Top of Sherman Mountain looking down

 

Driving down the 3 mile grade to the River.

Driving down the 3 mile grade to the River.

 

The Buffalo National  River at the bottom of the mountain.

The Buffalo National River at the bottom of the mountain.

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After 2.2 inches of rain since my last POST, it has cooled off quite a bit. We had 35F yesterday and 33F this Sunday morning. I had to scrape (thick ice) the windows at dawn today before I could drive – hadn’t had to do that since last March. It has actually been colder in some of the lower locations. Under 30F. These heavy frosts are going to get the color change, which seems on hold, going again. At this time, I think next weekend and the following week are the first color peak. Usually 7-10 days later is the second peak, just as pretty, but with a lot more oranges, yellows, and rusts, mixed in with green Shortleaf pines. That can be as late as November 10th. I drove down to Kyles Landing on Saturday, yesterday, and the color is beginning but has a way to go yet.

Kyle's Landing of the Buffalo River

Kyle’s Landing of the Buffalo River

One of my alarms - a Carolina Chickadee

One of my alarms – a Carolina Chickadee

I usually put sunflower seed on a stump outside my front window. The birds have not paid much attention to it until three days ago. I have had about 6 cardinals, titmice, and now 2 pairs of Chickadees. When the stump is empty they let me know. I just love those birds. The fawn I have watched grow up this year and are young adults now and are showing some fear of me now. Good Thing ! No spots left on these fawns.

 

A fawn takes of at the sight of me now

A fawn takes of at the sight of me now

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