Where are the Fall Colors?


Where are the colors for Autumn 2018?  I had to borrow last year’s photos for this post. I never remember an autumn in Appalachia where there was still no color evident by today’s date – October 17.

I’m a leaf watcher.  Every year I can hardly wait until the trees pop with color and the mountains look like a giant bowl of Trix cereal. I grab my camera and go to the woods, or for a drive in the car. Sometimes the colors are so brilliant, they almost hurt the eyes with beauty.

Perhaps all the colors will burst forth at the same time.  We’ve had a soggy spring, summer, and fall.  Cold nights and sunny days are said to be the perfect combination for inspiring the colors to come forward.

Like many others, I’m watching daily in hopes that falls delay will not mean that it is also colorless.


About judith99kyhighlands

I've been writing since I was a child. My first newspaper column appeared in the Chicago Heights Star in King Arthur's Court when I was a third grader at Garfield Elementary in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Having been an early reader and seeing how much my mother loved books, the power of the printed word took me captive. Around that time I was also given my first camera by a cousin serving in the military. From that moment on, writing and photography became two great influences in my life. I wrote for every contest that came along at school and by fifth grade, my best friend, Diane, and I wrote a play that was performed before the entire student body of Eastview Elementary. By high school the two of us had become ambitious enough to write a full length movie script and sent it to Walt Disney. Of course we never heard anything back, but we remained hopeful for an unreasonable amount of time. School newspapers, anthologies, and pen pals kept me writing until I went away to college. I never stopped writing, but it certainly took a back shelf until I got involved with my students during my teaching career. As a result of student initiated projects that I was glad to facilitate, we produced six magazine type publications over the years then graduated to the standard book format, collecting stories from students, friends, family, and community to document our local history, culture, and folklore. I consider these student works to be among the brightest achievements in my teaching career. What better could I ever hope to pass on to my students than the love of reading, writing, and seeing their work in print? In the meantime I continue to photograph a variety of things, do freelance writing, and have written a weekly column for the Harlan Daily Enterprise for about twenty years. Writing and photography are both expressions of my faith and I believe that these two things are part of the person God created in me.