It was a beautiful, bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.Diana Gabaldon
The last week of October 2021 offered us a day that we should have spent years ago and then again and again each recurring year: a day at Bald River Falls off the Cherohala Skyway about an hour from our home in Knoxville, Tennessee. When Amy posted the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week — A Day in My Week — we knew we had to share the beauty that was almost all ours for a day.
The Cherohala Skyway is similar to other major parkways in this area (Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway, etc.) but with one exception: a turn-off road about six miles from the start will take you down a road following a river bed, going past boulders and mature trees onto a breathtaking discovery — Bald River Falls.
On this day last week, threatening, dark clouds hung overhead and drizzly rain had us turning on the windshield wipers. But it was actually a great day for travel: most people don’t want to picnic on a gray, dreary day, so we had the drive to ourselves. And a great day for scenery: brilliant yellow leaves contrasting nicely against the dark sky with each turn yielding new beauty.
Just as we became accustomed to colored leaves, we we’d find new marvels . . . like boulders covered in moss, firmly planted in rushing streams . . .
or tall black tree trunks contrasting nicely with brilliant yellows, oranges, reds, and greens.
At one stop, a small pile of balance rocks caught our attention.
Autumn leaves shower like gold, like rainbows, as the winds of change begin to blow.Dan Millman
Sections of the drive offered new picture-perfect revelations. From multi-colored leaves . . .
to rock-filled streams rushing beneath colored glory.
But even though we knew what was around one of the bends — the waterfall itself — it still took our breath away. Bald River Falls just appeared on the landscape, without fanfare or signage. Impressive in its simplicity and majesty.
Autumn color, natural formations, and the sound of rushing waters — day like no other.
Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.Lauren Destefano
If you’d like to see more entries in this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, head to Amy’s post. Although we all may label our days as ordinary — or not — one thing’s for sure: There’s something special about each 24-hour period, something we never need to take for granted.
Rusha & Bert