Bright yellow goldenrods coordinate pleasantly with the changing leaves near the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway, as seen on the evening of Monday, Sept. 29. (Photo by Skip Sickler)

In the vicinity of Grandfather Mountain, red maples are beginning to mature, and birches, black cherries and other varieties are starting their transformations. Naturalists are not seeing much variation yet among the oaks. Blueberry bushes at the higher elevations are also becoming brilliant red as September comes to a close.