Scenes from an Autumn Drive in the Mountains

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*Photos shot in and around Blackwater Falls State Park and Monongahela National Forest, a few hours north of our farm. The scenery in West Virginia is breathtaking, of course, but did you see those miniature horses?! I’m in love with them.


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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on October 19, 2008  

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  1. 10-19
    1:43
    am

    It’s scenery like that, that made me want to get married in the Fall. In fact today is my 17th wedding anniversary! :bananadance: :love: :woof:
    I still remember the day like it was yesterday. The leaves were at peak here in East Tennessee and the weather was probably one of the last warmish days we had with a breeze. The sky was the most gorgeous shade of blue that you only see in the Fall. We were married in my mother’s yard beneath a huge willow tree. On my wedding video, you can even hear the roosters crowing in the background.
    Thanks Suzanne for posting such gorgeous pics of the sights of the season. You’ve inspired me! We can’t do anything today due to work, but next weekend, we’re heading for the Smokies and taking the kids. I want to see all this color before it’s gone and the cold really sets in.
    Those horses are ADORABLE!!! :yes:

  2. 10-19
    1:55
    am

    Oh those photos are GORGEOUS. The leaves, the colors, sigh. Being in California, we don’t get a true Fall. So I’m a little jealous.

    Thanks for sharing. :purr:

  3. 10-19
    2:01
    am

    Coco needs a few tiny horses to play with!

  4. 10-19
    2:09
    am

    I can see why you love your home so much. It is so beautiful. Wow! :heart:

  5. 10-19
    4:06
    am

    AS always, when it comes to scenery, West Virginia doesn’t let us down. The pictures are beautiful!I love the horses! Hop on over to my place and see what we did on Saturday. Again, as always, West Virginia doesn’t let us down.

  6. 10-19
    7:02
    am

    Oh, soooooo beautiful!! I really need to take a road trip! Ok, maybe just around here…….I just love taking fall pictures and framing to put around the house for fall decorating.

  7. 10-19
    7:14
    am

    We honeymooned at Black Water Falls in 1974! :love: Went back for our 30th anniversary and not a thing had changed. We loved it then and love it now. It’s such a beautiful place with wonderful memories for us. Thanks for sharing those pictures.
    Ulli

  8. 10-19
    7:34
    am

    Very pretty! Here the leaves are mostly gone now.

  9. 10-19
    7:36
    am

    Wow – I have been on a fall vacation. Thanks for sharing this – I love those narrow roads in fall. The Blue Ridge Parkway up in NC is so unreal – you feel like you have died and gone to heaven. Where I am trees are still green, very little color, but it is 54 this am – thank goodness. I slept so much better last night too.

    Love fall, the burst of those wonderful colors, the leaves falling to the ground, being crunched into the earth for winter.

    love it

  10. 10-19
    7:37
    am

    Beautiful photos! Ours leaves are starting to change, but I think you are a week or two ahead of us on that.

  11. 10-19
    7:38
    am

    The photos of the Fall scenery are beautiful and I am fortunate enough to enjoy the real thing here in Minnesota. I also loved the pictures of the miniature horses…want one!

  12. 10-19
    8:22
    am

    Our trees on the Texas coast rarely change to Fall colors.
    When we get a good “cold snap,” green leaves fall to the ground. We still have to rake leaves. ;) Thank you for sharing your leaves and mountains with us. We can dream of being there.

  13. 10-19
    8:48
    am

    What breathtaking photos – thank you so much for sharing!

  14. 10-19
    8:56
    am

    Wow, just gorgeous! I couldn’t help but think that horse needed a haircut. LOL

  15. 10-19
    8:58
    am

    You are so lucky to be that close to such beautiful stuff! And I love the horses too. Can you house train them? Because if yes, maybe I’ll get one of those instead of a dog!

  16. 10-19
    9:00
    am

    Just gorgeous pictures, Suzanne! Thanks for sharing. :thumbsup:

  17. 10-19
    9:01
    am

    Enjoyed the pics,Beautiful,Taking the RV next weekend to the Smokies….Hope color is still good.Go back ,and trim that little horses mane …He can’t see good,I feel sorry for him.Love the blog,check in every day.

  18. 10-19
    9:13
    am

    Those are beautiful pictures.

    Minis are great for pulling carts!

  19. 10-19
    9:16
    am

    Thank you for letting us see the beauty out there right now. We have hardly any trees here that change colors. When we drive into the local town that is when we see some that are changing. I don’t know why farmers don’t plant colorful trees around there houses around here. Blessings.

  20. 10-19
    9:24
    am

    Spectacular and peaceful scenery. I love the rolling hills and the shaggy miniature horses!!

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  21. 10-19
    9:59
    am

    Beautiful pictures, Suzanne! And I love them too!

  22. 10-19
    10:04
    am

    How long before the you have a tiny little horse on your farm?

  23. 10-19
    10:11
    am

    Now that’s a drive.So pretty and peaceful

  24. 10-19
    10:27
    am

    It’s scenery like that, that brings back the warm memories of life..the beautiful, loving memories of home! So gorgeous!!! I love Fall!!!

  25. 10-19
    10:39
    am

    Beautiful photos! Our trees aren’t very colorful yet. Still hoping.

  26. 10-19
    10:39
    am

    Un, huh… I know what animals are going to be added to The Farm next! Beautiful pictures.

  27. 10-19
    10:48
    am

    Wow! Did you take Coco with you so she could enjoy the scenery? Maybe offer a trip like that as a prize to Clover and Nutmeg if they produce milk next year? And bring the mini horse down here – I’d love to take a brush to his/her mane. And congratulations on your anniversary, Patty. :catmeow:

  28. 10-19
    11:12
    am

    These pictures just made my heart sing. Thanks for sharing!

  29. 10-19
    11:41
    am

    Awesome pictures!

  30. 10-19
    12:14
    pm

    So, Ms. Suzanne, are you going to add to your menagerie and acquire a miniture horse? Inquiring minds want to know?

  31. 10-19
    12:16
    pm

    Ugh! Wish we had spell check for comments.
    ~The Spelling Challenged

  32. 10-19
    12:26
    pm

    Thank for sharing those lovely photos!

  33. 10-19
    12:27
    pm

    Have you decided on aname for your horse?? :mrgreen:

  34. 10-19
    1:09
    pm

    I was in the same area for a few days too this week, Suzanne, doing some storytelling, visiting family, etc. I could have spent full days just taking photos of so many beautiful sights. Your trip looks like it was breathtaking. The Falls are pretty low–no rain for some time in that area.

  35. 10-19
    1:52
    pm

    That is really a beautiful collection of Autumn scenery! And the pony is just perfect- what they call shaggy in Scotland. On a visit there I asked what kind of cows were in the pasture and the farmer looked me straight in the eye and said “Those would be shaggy cows”( only it sounded like coo’s with his accent!)

  36. 10-19
    2:46
    pm

    Spectacularly breathtaking!

  37. 10-19
    3:45
    pm

    Thank you!

  38. 10-19
    4:14
    pm

    :clap: Breathtaking!!!

  39. 10-19
    4:40
    pm

    Such breathtaking scenery! Made me smile. Good snapshots!
    Brenda

  40. 10-19
    5:08
    pm

    Wow, beautiful fall foliage! We’re not quite at that stage yet. Those miniature horses are so cute!

  41. 10-19
    6:15
    pm

    Gorgeous pictures.
    Are you gonna get a miniature horse?

  42. 10-19
    6:17
    pm

    Those photos are exactly why I love living where I do! :shimmy:

  43. 10-19
    6:19
    pm

    Absolutely stunning photography.

  44. 10-19
    6:31
    pm

    I’m thinking I’d like to move to West Virginia.

  45. 10-19
    6:51
    pm

    Gorgeous. Lucky for me I’m seeing almost the same scenery (sans waterfalls and ponies). I think they’d make a great addition to your farm.

  46. 10-19
    7:14
    pm

    I love your blog and wanted to give you an award. Your fall pictures were just astounding!!

  47. 10-19
    8:01
    pm

    Reading your blog is like opening a present every day…
    Ya don’t know what your gonna get… it’s always great…what a pleasant suprise!!!!!
    thanks.

  48. 10-19
    10:03
    pm

    Love the colors and the waterfall. Not much of either in my part of Texas. The photo of the day is llamas. I’m pretty sure as we have some down the road from my house… yes suburban farm llamas.

  49. 10-19
    10:45
    pm

    I love Blackwater Falls !!!
    I think I have a photo taken from the same outlook.
    I hope people who visit W.V. will also visit Hawks Nest .
    The view there is equally breathtaking .
    Thanks for the day trip .
    I have not been to w.v, in the fall for many , many years.
    i guess it will be another year before I make it back.

  50. 10-20
    8:46
    am

    :treehugger: That pic of the bright red maple leaves should be blown up, framed, and put into a room with a bit of red. How gorgeous! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend! :rotfl:

  51. 10-20
    10:40
    am

    We are new owners of a 15 year old miniature horse that my daughter named Clover!

    Your photos are gorgeous!!!

    Beth

  52. 10-20
    8:24
    pm

    those rolling hills go on and on….what a sight! i expect to see settlers and fur trappers and smoke coming out of chimneys and ……..

  53. 10-20
    9:16
    pm

    Those pictures are beautiful!! I was in Amish country last week and saw some of those miniature horses. I also loved them.

  54. 10-21
    11:14
    am

    That is one thing I miss living in Florida, all those beautiful fall colors; and the hills too!

    Thanks for sharing. It is beautiful!

  55. 10-21
    6:24
    pm

    What absolutely lovely photos!!

  56. 10-21
    8:35
    pm

    it looks like heaven to me! i live in maine, but must move to florida next year. i am dreading the lack of fall color already! :cattail:

  57. 10-22
    12:34
    pm

    Oh my GOSH! HOW did I ever miss THIS?!

    BEAUTIFUL beyond words. LOVE (love, LOVE) that scruffy little pony.

    Blessngs from Ohio…

  58. 10-26
    10:42
    am

    Great photos!

  59. 11-21
    9:12
    pm

    I thought I was back in ireland when I saw that pony! Lovely shots!!

  60. 1-12
    3:40
    pm

    Kinda reminds me of scenes from the waltons (so peaceful and serene looking “sigh”).

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