Today’s “haul” of autumn leaves
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is open for business (at least until Sunday, October 19, 2013)! Come one, come all to enjoy our beautiful mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, visitor centers, picnic areas and campgrounds!
We are so grateful to the state leaders in Tennessee and North Carolina, as well as local county personnel, who made this happen.
Although I do not collect my autumn leaves from the national park, fall color abounds in the area right now. I stop daily to pick fallen leaves from the maple trees at a nearby mall and from the parking lot of an auto parts store. Walking in to work, I frequently stoop to scoop up a particularly beautiful leaf. I was happy to share “why” with a co-worker this morning when he asked why I was picking up leaves.
I have leaves everywhere in the house. All my heaviest books are stuffed with leaves being pressed. A large aluminum pan holds more leaves, these packed in silica gel.
It’s definitely a busy time!