October 28, 2010

autumn walk

So, for the past few weeks, I was watching the leaves begin to change and I kept thinking, “okay, this is nice, but where is the autumn in Virginia that everyone can’t stop talking about?”

Then, last week something amazing happened. I can’t believe what’s around us! 

october 2010 090 1Where we live, there are no sidewalks, but they have built a series of connecting paths behind the neighborhoods. It was so gorgeous, we left the stroller and I just let them run:october 2010 075 3

Spencer! Hold your brother’s hand!october 2010 080 1

melts my heart. sometimes you have to force cherished photos.

thank you! yes, now you can run:october 2010 085 1  october 2010 096 1october 2010 106 1

you think that’s the last fall foliage picture you’ll see?? No way. I’ve been toting my camera around everywhere, screeching on the brakes, parking in illegal zones, taking my mom mobile off road, and having people shaking their heads wondering what in the hey I’m doing. It’s too gorgeous not to capture. I feel like I should have a bumper sticker:

It’s her first autumn in Virginia…just keep moving.



46 comments:

  1. I could just weep. I miss Autumn, we don't have it here. Really, we don't. Well, maybe some of the needles fall off the cacti, but who wants a picture of that?

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  2. WOW! I wish it was that gorgeous here ... = ) So beautiful!

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  3. SO glad you have such beauty around you!! It is gorgeous!!! DARLING pix of your boys!!!
    Terri

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  4. Stunning photos of your boys!

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  5. That is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for giving a NM girl a glimpse of Virginia!

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  6. I am one jealous you know what! I miss that about the VA/MD area! I live in boring GA right now courtesy of the USAF.

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  7. Just gorgeous!!! Love the bumper sticker idea. I wish we got fall leaves here in southern California. But we don't (at least where I live). I am so jealous.

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  8. I cant wait to move back home. Utah is miserable during fall. it has already snowed!

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  9. I've lived in VA for a while and I still want to stop around every bend!

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  10. Born and raised here in VA and you can't beat our Fall! Overnight the leaves just instantly become so beautiful. What is funny is on one tree you can see yellow, green,orange and red! AMAZING!

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  11. How absolutely beautiful...the amazing foliage!!! And what precious photos of the kids running through the leaves. I would totally be going way-beserk-oh! with my camera if I lived there! Thank you so much for sharing the photos!

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  12. We moved almost exactly a year ago from the lynchburg, VA area. Now living in the Southeast part of Washington state. I sure miss Virginia and all the beauty it has to offer. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. That looks just like a trail through the woods I walked when I was a kid. Such beautiful colors and great shots of your kids. Thanks for sharing that!!!

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  14. New follower! Gorgeous!! My son just turned one so maybe next fall he can run around in the leaves like your boys. They are adorable.

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  15. Breathtaking, stunning, beautful! Where I live our trees don't turn like that (it's pretty much summer 7 out of the 12 months). You should definitely develop those pictures!

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  16. SO this post made me teary eyed! I love you, your boys, and fall that much and wish I could bring my family on that same walk and capture it all! Why wasn't our visit in the fall instead?! Guess that is what we will shoot for next time!:) Loves

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  17. Melissa! Oh, welcome to the East, sweetheart!!

    These photos are beautiful. I think my favorite may be the one where the boys are running, with Spencer way ahead. Oh, gosh. Priceless.

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  18. Oh how I wish fall looked like that at my house! Simply beautiful, keep sharing!!!

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  19. i love the photos! i used to live in upstate NY and now live in AZ, so i miss the autumn like CRAZY!! keep these photos coming!!

    and don't worry, there are lots of people who become shutterbugs this time of year... even if they've lived there for years :)

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  20. Simply stunning Melissa!

    Its spring here and we are surrounded by millions of beautiful flowers in bloom - will have to take some pics!

    I too am one for forcing "cherished" photo ops!

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  21. Hurray!! :) The colors are late in coming out in my area of Virginia. Now that the trees are finally changing color, they are losing leaves quickly too!

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  22. Ok. So now i want to cry. My whole darn family is in VA and I'M HERE BY MYSELF. Ok, not really. i have the kids. and the husband. BUT REALLY --- YOU CANNOT GET ANY PRETTIER SCENERY THAN THAT. I miss home :(

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  23. Wow, you are so lucky to get to see all of that beautiful fall foliage in person. It's like a dream!

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  24. So beautiful!! I would love to go walking on a pathway that looks like that! It looks like a postcard! Autumn has been beautiful here in Utah, until it snowed 7" yesterday :(! It is not even close to that beautiful though!! Enjoy and take a walk for all of us!!

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  25. Your pictures are gorgeous!! But...I can't believe that some people don't think that Utah is beautiful in autumn! Since the 2nd week of September, my husband and I have taken a "leaf ride" every weekend. From Ogden Canyon over to the Trapper's Loop, Sardine and Logan Canyons, and even down to central Utah through the canyons of Richfield, Helper and over Soldier's Summit, I have been so overwhelmed with the beauty of our state. I think sometimes we just need to open our eyes. Love your blog!!

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  26. Gorgeous! What a paint brush the Creator wields.

    @ Kim--Come to the mountains of Southern California. It's not Virginia, but it's FALL!

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  27. I am in VA too and love the fall, the colors are so beautiful. I was like you my first year here stopping all the time to take pictures

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  28. I grew up in Tennessee and the now live in Texas. We have some fall foilage but not like back east. I'm so glad you are enjoying the beauty of the season.

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  29. Such beautiful photographs! Ones to cherish!

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  30. It's true! Here in VA, we do have the prettiest Autumn. One of the many reasons that I love Virginia so much. You captured the scenery beautifully.

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  31. Oh how I miss fall in North Carolina! Or a fall season at all for that matter! We recently moved to Florida and there's no fall here. :( Fall in North Carolina and Virginia really can't be beat, it's stunning in those parts.

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  32. Awwww, this makes me miss Virginia so much!!! I am still waiting for autumn to come here in North Carolina! Glad your husband shared your blog with us! I love it! Wishing I had taken more advantage of you while we were all in Blacksburg :)

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  33. Beautiful photos! I'm in VA, too, and I'm just waiting for our leaves to pop like yours have. I run on a bike trail that looks a lot your pictures. I can't wait until my leaves are as pretty as yours.

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  34. Very Very Very breathtakingly beautiful! Awesome pictures and so glad to hear you are enjoying the Fall weather. Down here in the South the drought we had over the summer has made our fall leaf foliage not so great, but there are a few nice trees to look at. Thanks for sharing! ~Iris~

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  35. there are no words! amazing. new to your blog and loving it!

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  36. Beautiful pictures, what a beautiful area! Enjoy!

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  37. I lived in Montreal Canada for a while and have never seen Autumn like that before. Took my breath away and I know it's the same where you live. I'm quite jealous to say least. Beautiful pictures -thanks for making me smile.

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  38. Beautiful pictures!!! Thanks so much for sharing. We're a week behind you with the color, so looking forward to those color pops this coming week in NC.

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  39. lovely! We had leaves, for a few days, and then they got snowed on and all fell off! Boo hoo hoo! Maybe I should pack up my family and leave Utah for Virginia! :) Gorgeous pictures!

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  40. i saw these on another site...melted my heart too.....BEAUTIFUL!!
    ♥ nancie

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  41. I do HOPE you have framed number three! too sweet!

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  42. I'm in VA too! It is the most beautiful place in the fall! I'm glad you're loving it!

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  43. OMG that is gorgeous! Florida pales in comparison to all these fall leaves!

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  44. welcome to virginia!(not sure how long you've been here:) don't you just LOVE The Fall?
    So, perhaps you can come sprinkle some of your creative style my way and help me decorate our first home! oh and did you hear? we are getting a hobby lobby?!

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