I don’t think I’ve ever seen this area as beautiful as it was on 10/03. The trees in the foreground of this photo typically turn color earlier than others and are promptly stripped of their leaves from the prevailing west winds in the area. Not so this year. As seen here, these trees were still holding on to their leaves. Moreover, most areas—with the exception of a small patch—were already sporting their yellow, orange, or red. In short, almost all the trees in the area were in their full, vibrant color—and virtually none had lost their leaves. Add in the fact that the colors were “better than average” vibrancy this year (last year was very dull), it was truly magical.