Colorful oak trees sweeten the view of Grandfather Mountain’s ridgeline from nearby Sugar Mountain.

Fashionably late, oaks are some of the last trees to showcase their autumn foliage — and this season is no different. And with this week’s bout of warmer temperatures, trees could hold on to their leaves for a little while longer. According to Dr. Howie Neufeld, biologist at Appalachian State University and the WNC High Country’s official “Fall Color Guy,” “This coming week is going to be warmer than normal… so, that might delay the disappearance of the colors a bit. But, unfortunately, once a tree is far along in the color process, it usually proceeds unabated no matter what the weather conditions are.”

Photos by Skip Sickler | Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation