Framed by bursting fall color, a typically calm waterfall near the intersection of U.S. 221 and the Blue Ridge Parkway (MP 305) surges after Thursday’s heavy rains from Hurricane Michael. This season’s slow progression in color change proved fortuitous, as very few leaves were lost in the high winds. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, “Fall Color Guy” and professor of biology at Appalachian State University, “Enough leaves remain so that we will have colors, so if you’re considering whether to come up, at this point, I’d say you should come! With the sunny, cool weather coming, the colors should spring out quickly.”

Photo by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation