Autumn Splendor in the Woods

The forest floor decorated for fall

Most of the woods in the area are carpeted with predominantly brown leaves.  But while I was out walking today I passed an area where the fallen leaves were just blazing.

Maybe people farther north are used to colors like this, but this is breathtaking for Georgia.

I had not felt very well the past couple of days.  I decided to go for a walk to see if it would help perk me up.  Seeing those incredible colors was just the medicine I needed.  My energy level soared!

Last evening I saw one of the most stunning sunsets I’ve ever seen.  The sky looked like deep, molten flame, and the reflection on the lake was so intense that it looked like an extension of the sky.  I took over 30 photos trying to capture the colors — and not one of the pictures captured a fraction of the majesty.

Nature outdoing herself!

Seeing these gorgeous leaves today made up for last night’s disappointment.

The mushroom season is winding down.  All I’ve found lately are various amanitas, (poisonous) a few small ones I didn’t bother trying to identify, and an occasional suillus (edible, but mediocre).  And one more puffball the other day.

I haven’t found any hen of the woods (maitake), chicken of the woods (sulfur shelf), oyster mushrooms or the coveted bears head (hericium).  I guess it’s the drought… or I’ve just not been looking in the right woods.  This has been the most disappointing fall for mushrooms for me.  I read on the mushroom boards that people in other areas are finding them plentiful.  Maybe I’m just losing my touch!  🙂

The half-eaten mushroom is probably a russula.

I didn’t notice it today due to the constant wind, but the two previous days while Ron and I were out walking, we have gotten occasional whiffs of the most heavenly scent.  Something is flowering, and I have no idea what would be blooming in the woods in the fall with such a sweet, evocative fragrance.  Hope we are gifted with another whiff or two before we leave here Sunday morning.

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8 Comments

  1. I think this has been one of the most beautiful falls I have seen in many years.

    • It is for me, too, Jo. With all the trouble everywhere, it is so special to see all this beauty.

  2. lynne

     /  October 19, 2012

    Did the dust storm affect your camping? Our area had dust from Kansas here all day, unbelievable!
    Hope you are feeling better.

    • No dust, Lynne. Just strong winds all day. I bet seeing that dust was weird! Would be a little scary to me, too!

      Yes, I’m feeling better… I think and choose to believe! 😀

  3. Emily

     /  October 19, 2012

    Mother Nature knew just what you needed to feel better.

  4. cozygirl

     /  October 20, 2012

    Glad your perking up! We are out for the weekend in our Casita…if i see any mushrooms on our hikes I’ll grab a pic…but no eating 🙂

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