Wind driven leaves filled the air like great golden snowflakes. The air was soft and moist, unusually warm for a Virginia November.
And it was beginning to rain again. The road and lawns, slick with new fallen leaves, glowed as golden as the forest in this muted noon time light.
Great fronts of wind and rain, snow and ice rake across the country transforming the landscape.
The season has been rushed along its way. No lingering, languid autumn this year.
No, the wind strips the leaves as they’re still turning and whips them through the air to their terrestrial demise.
You have to be out in it to fully appreciate the spectacle.
And we were.
What could be more beautiful than driving through the golden showers of bright leaves flung against a low, grey sky?
And the world is transformed yet again; the finely crafted beauty left behind, revealed.
Ivy and mistletoe, sculpted branches and mottled bark shine now that their leafy drape has blown away. Tiny buds dot each branch.
Silhouettes of vines, pods, fruits and berries etch fine figures against the sky.
The forest’s canopy is melting away, opening the woods once again.
Sunlight penetrates what was shaded since early summer.
What was dense has opened; the hidden treasures of the forests revealed.
This is our time to see down to the bones of things; to explore and discover the structure of the landscape.
Which trees harbor the nests of birds and squirrels? Where might grapevines be found?
And what tiny promises of spring might already be waiting along the woody limbs of trees and shrubs?
What beauty has been left behind by the cleansing winds?
Words and Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014