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Neil_B 11-22-09 06:07 AM

Fall Comes to French Creek
 
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Fall came early to French Creek this year. The leaves began to turn back in mid-September, about a week earlier than past years. All along the 22 mile course of the creek the trees were aglow with yellow, red, green, and brown.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Su...0/100_6272.jpg

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Su...6/100_6266.jpg

The peak of the color is mid-October. However, the French Creek valley is ablaze for a couple of weeks on either side, so folks can enjoy a month of color. By early November, however, the greens are replaced with yellow and brown on the few leaves remaining.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6632.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6633.jpg

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6629.jpg

The masses of brown still look attractive on the hillsides around the creek.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6655.jpg

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6658.jpg

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6651.jpg

But two weeks later, the pageant of fall is gone. "When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang/ Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,/Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang."

And Fall leaves French Creek.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_l92fsIHYK-s/Sw...0/100_6746.jpg

Zoxe 11-22-09 10:55 AM

Gorgeous. Reminds me a bit of Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg when we were there in September (except the leaves hadn't dropped yet).

EasyEd 11-22-09 10:22 PM

Beautiful shots Neil. One of these days, when the sun is out, I'm gonna borrow the digital camera from my wife and take some pics for you all to see. I love it when the leaves are turning colors.

nwmtnbkr 11-22-09 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by EasyEd (Post 10065332)
Beautiful shots Neil. One of these days, when the sun is out, I'm gonna borrow the digital camera from my wife and take some pics for you all to see. I love it when the leaves are turning colors.

Very nice. I miss deciduous trees, especially in the fall; we mainly have conifers in the forest where I live. This is about the best you get for color during the fall here (which is already over--we're into winter mode now). http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL442.../371625702.jpg

Pancho McTavish 11-23-09 10:56 AM

Great shots! If I was riding along that beautiful stretch of water I'd have to pack my fly rod, waders and vest. Truly a pretty creek!

Neil_B 11-23-09 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Pancho McTavish (Post 10066780)
Great shots! If I was riding along that beautiful stretch of water I'd have to pack my fly rod, waders and vest. Truly a pretty creek!

You are welcome during trout season. I'll put you up for a few days. Bring the bike too. :-)

spthealien 11-23-09 04:54 PM

Amazing. The only way we see trees like this in southern California is if we're looking at pictures that people photographed elsewhere.


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