I love autumn and all the dramatic changes it brings to the tree covered hills and mountains of Kentucky. I am blessed to live in a state with miles of highways and byways, bordered in fiery red, crimson, orange and golden hues each and every fall. Pretty Sunday afternoon drives are guaranteed along the Ohio Valley of Kentucky, which boasts amazing fall colors each year.
Autumn is pretty in Ireland too, but never attains the same intensity and vivid coloring of an American fall season. I think this may be related to cooler summers, and different tree types.
This blaze of Autumn glory usually peaks in mid-October. This year many windy days have sent leaves swirling, possibly even shortening our fall foliage viewing time. I may have missed the true peak this year, but I thought I might share my recent photos with you anyway.
Abundant leaves float and sink in the slow-moving streams of Kentucky.
Dry creek beds are awash with crunchy leaves.
Red thinly veined leaves glow in translucent splendor.
Kentucky horses graze in the bluegrass, before all shades of summer greens vanish.
Tree-lined hilly vistas abound.
The Ohio river flows past, oblivious to the surrounding glory of its trees.
Seeded grass fronds sway in the river breezes on the banks of the Ohio.
Our state is full of scenic byways, perfect for appreciating the changing colors of fall. Taking afternoon drives to view the changing leaves, is a new tradition for our Kentucky family. When I am old and gray, I hope my children will reminisce about our time-honored, fall tradition of appreciating nature’s color show.
Slan agus beannacht leat!
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom