Fall Brilliance

Saturday was absolutely beautiful and the fall colors at our elevation are brilliant.  We thought we would just share some scenes of the fall colors today from our hikes near the house. Click on any picture to bigefy.

Looking up toward Hemphill Bald from the Sunrise parking area of Cataloochee Ski.

Looking from our field, Cataloochee Ski preparing for the first snow and skiers.

Looking toward Soco Gap from Cataloochee Ranch.

Viewing Devil's Britches from Cataloochee Ranch.

View from top of Waterrock Knob.

Looking down to Maggie Valley from Waterrock Knob.

Looking across Maggie Valley to Ghost Town (Cataloochee Ranch - and where we live - can be spotted by the open fields above and the top of the chair lift to Ghost Town).

Need a picture of The Herd? Rusty shows how everyone reacted after walking in the crisp fall air all day.


  1. Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus on October 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    We’ve lost most of the reds, and are now into the golds and oranges (the aspens are turning, as well as some of the last of the scrub oaks). Which means Mom better put down the fall fertilizer before the leaves COMPLETELY cover the yard and she has to rake them all up! Happy fall!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  2. Sagira on October 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    So beautiful there. We love fall but this year the leaves haven’t seemed to change colors as much here in Ohio.

  3. houndstooth on October 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Wow! You do live on top of the world! Your colors are stunning. I thought we’d see a lot more color on our drive, but so far, not too much. I hope it’s still waiting for us back home!

  4. HUSKYS RULE on October 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Beautiful pics:-) Love Rusty showing us all how to relax!!!
    Licks & Nibbls,
    Kody & Nia

  5. NCMountainwoman on October 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Time after time. Year after year. It always amazes me. Great photographs.

  6. Sam on October 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    How beautiful!


  7. Huffle Mawson on October 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Very pretty! Those colours are just lovely.

  8. Boondocks' Love Shack Pack on October 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Such a spectacular, brilliant view. Loving those fall colors!!

    Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

  9. Pippa on October 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    The fall pix are cool but the Rusty one is the best


  10. jen on October 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    nature paints the prettiest canvas in the fall.

    beautiful photos!

  11. Elmo & Mouse on October 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    wow, some very pretty & vibrant Fall pictures. One thing I noticed is you can really see Fall colors with the trees from the East coast then with the trees from the West coast.

    Big difference. West coast has more rain in the Fall and makes all the maples leaves wet and soaggy.

  12. Amanda @ Click. The Good News on October 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    So pretty! I miss that we don’t have real fall colors in our trees.

  13. The OP Pack on October 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Wow – we are in awe of all that beauty. Nothing anywhere close to that in color here. Rusty, you look like you had one marvelous hike.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  14. Sheila & Bob on October 9, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Only one thing to say, you live in some of the most beautiful of God’s creation. We love the photos.

  15. rottrover on October 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…

  16. The Ao4 on October 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Those are gorgeous pix!!! Of course, we like the one of Rusty best!!!
    Play bows,

  17. Dennis the Vizsla on October 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay dada sez he misses those fall colors bak eest owt but i dont no why he sez that we hav red and yellow and orandj fall colors heer in sandy eggo too!!! of korse heer the colors come frum wildfires but stil we hav them!!! ok bye

  18. Stella on October 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Such perfect autumn colors! Our colors weren’t nearly so good as usual and then we had day after day of high winds, so most of the leaves are on the ground waiting for people with rakes to show up! Even my Amur maple in the front yard is pitiful looking. Today is rain, maybe tomorrow for raking!


    Jo and Stella

  19. Pup Fan on October 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Absolutely gorgeous… I love fall colors!

  20. Piappies World on October 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Wonderful Fall photos! The colors are so vibrant and simply beautiful!

    Rusty’s napping shot is adorable too!

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie (Tabby, too)

  21. Jan, the Poodles and the dogs on October 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Thanks for the tour. We won’t get fall colors for another month or so.

  22. KB on October 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I love the reds in your fall colors. Since moving from the east, that’s something that I miss here where gold dominates.

    Rusty matches the reds!

  23. jack & moo on October 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Just gorgeous! Isn’t it great to nap in the fall? Here its not a pretty fall this year, leaves are just turning brown & falling off. We haven’t seen a single red leaf. Thanks so much for sharing your pics!

    jack & moo

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