Re-Incarnation is a subject that has always interested me. I don’t know that it is really my belief system and likely it’s not but the thought that one might re-visit the earth again as something entirely different has always been an intriguing idea to me. What I wanted to return as has morphed frequently as I have moved from one age to another in my journey on this earthly plane. I finally settled on a tree.
What a lovely view I would have, I could stand proud offering shelter from the elements to all, I could promote the environment with appropriate oxygenation and more importantly, I could be tall, verdant and grand. Now that I have shared my daydreams with you, it should come as no surprise that I found my way to Western North Carolina. The fall color here is varied, dramatic, driven to change by dappled light and is nothing short of celestial. Exploding color begins as a soft whisper and merges into a scream as the season progresses (failing some forceful gale blowing rain which sometimes results in early leaf drop). From the guaranteed bright orange/red leaves of the Red Maple (Acer rubrum) to the exceptional yellow/orange of the Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), the sight of them just makes you know it’s good to be alive and you are fortunate to have seen them.
Now, everyone knows about the dynamic hues our maples are known for. Lessor known champions of color would include: Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica), White Ash (Fraximus americana),Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), Scarlet Oak (Quercus coccinea) & the lovely Tulip Poplar (Nyssa Sylvatica).
In short, the New England states have nothing on Asheville, NC. Check us out! You won’t be sorry.
Hope to see you as we survey the wonders of Asheville, nc Falls leaves. I’ll be the one talking to the trees.
It pays to have friends in high places.
Patti and Gary Wiles