Mountain ash creates a fiery contrast with huckleberry and azalea bushes on the switchbacks up to Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge. According to Jesse Pope, executive director of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, color progression has been a little slower on the mountain than in previous years. This week, however, has seen colors begin to turn very quickly, with daily changes evident, especially at elevations higher than 4,700 feet. Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation