It’s always a crap shoot no matter how diligently you research the progression of fall color.  Colors were expected to be at their peak this weekend in the lower elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway and around the Brevard area, but a couple of days ago a storm blew all the prettiest leaves away, leaving the overall landscapes very muted.  Nevertheless, there is always something worth photographing – it just makes your mission a little more challenging.  Here are some of today’s images: the sunrises were taken along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the rest along portions of NC64.
Predawn colors from the Blue Ridge Parkway

Sunrise from Mills River Valley Overlook

Fog rolls off the peak of Mount Pisgah

Mill Shoals Falls, Highway NC215

Chapel on Whiteside Cove Road near Highlands

The Bear Shadow – only visible for a few days of the year in October

Dry Falls