Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Last of Autumn Before the Hybrid Storm

I got to spend what appeared to be the last of autumn, before a hybrid storm (aka Hurrican Sandy) blew it all away.

Here is a farm market in a town called Haymarket. This pig was quite cute happily wagging his little tail! There was another one whose extreme shyness kept him in the crate.
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I was trying to capture the autumn color of the mountains behind the white pumpkins. I should have taken another shot angling down to capture the yellow mums.

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Oatlands Plantation...

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Then another farm market to the north of Loudon which had their produce beautifully staged.

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We stopped at a few other places but these were our favorites. But the further north we went, everything became twice as expensive but had only half the quality. Our favorite farm markets for scope for the imagination and value are right near us! That's nice to know, but it was a lovely drive, and definitely the last we'll see the colors.

This afternoon we are already getting winds (14mph with 20+mph gusts) and it's cold! I'll try to post ahead before we lose power. This is a massive hybrid storm. The hurricane from the South is merging with a storm system from the west which is merging with a cold front from Canada. We are right in the middle. Never has there been a storm of this magnitude.

In the end, the coast got the usual brutality from the hurricane...whereas the Blue  Ridge Mountains just to my west got snow!

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