The overcast skies cast a soft light throughout the Kanawha valley as the rain falls. The Kanawha River is a translucent green that makes me think of antique glass as my big blue truck pulls into the small lot next to the hydroelectric plant at Kanawha Falls. Peak color has ended and the remaining leaves turn from brown to burnt orange and amber in the rain. The stark white boles of the Sycamore trees are a bold contrast to the landscape. I have been referring to the time between the end of peak color and the first blossom of spring as the “Gray World”. I couldn’t have been more wrong. As the rain pauses I have a chance to drop the driver’s side window and feel the chill in the air that fortells an oncoming change in the season. The mirror-like quality of the water at the top of the dam rolling mists open up the doors to another world. If I could walk on water I’d stroll out beneath those trees and build a small fire on the rocks. Perhaps I would spend all day under the trees sipping fresh Sassafras tea and waiting for the cardinals and jays to come and play in the branches. As the rain begins to fall again I allow my lens to extend just beyond the glass and capture as much as I can of the colorful late Fall and early Winter colors. It’s only 21 days until the new light rises in the east and the long nights begin to wane.
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