Scenes from an Autumn Drive in the Mountains


*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.


  1. Patty says:

    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. Karen Erickson says:

    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. Kathy says:

    Coco needs a few tiny horses to play with!

  4. Egghead says:

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

  5. Janet says:

    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. CindyP says:

    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. Ulli says:

    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.

  8. Minna says:

    Very pretty! Here the leaves are mostly gone now.

  9. jane says:

    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. The Jillybean says:

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

  11. Shari C says:

    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. Mary Lou Middleton says:

    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. Lisa L says:

    What breathtaking photos – thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Christine says:

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

  15. Stacia says:

    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. vanessa jaye says:

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

  17. debbie peterson says:

    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. Remudamom says:

    Those are beautiful pictures.

    Minis are great for pulling carts!

  19. Abiga/karen says:

    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. Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife says:

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

    – Suzanne, the Farmer’s Wife

  21. Becky says:

    Beautiful pictures, Suzanne! And I love them too!

  22. Heidi says:

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

  23. IowaDeb says:

    Now that’s a drive.So pretty and peaceful

  24. Donna says:

    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. Peggy says:

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

  26. Traci in GA says:

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

  27. Nancy in Atlanta says:

    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. Suzette says:

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

  29. TeresaH says:

    Awesome pictures!

  30. Tressa Nelson says:

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

  31. Tressa Nelson says:

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

  32. Mary says:

    Thank for sharing those lovely photos!

  33. SuzieQ says:

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

  34. Granny Sue says:

    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. heidi says:

    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. Brenda Kula says:

    Such breathtaking scenery! Made me smile. Good snapshots!

  37. Kacey says:

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

  38. Estella says:

    Gorgeous pictures.
    Are you gonna get a miniature horse?

  39. Susan says:

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

  40. Abraham Lincoln says:

    Absolutely stunning photography.

  41. The FringeGirl says:

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

  42. catslady says:

    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.

  43. Latane says:

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

  44. Martha F. says:

    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!!!!!

  45. Jodie says:

    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.

  46. Kelly says:

    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.

  47. MARY says:

    :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:

  48. Beth Brown says:

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

    Your photos are gorgeous!!!


  49. shannon says:

    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 ……..

  50. Christy O says:

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

  51. Carole @ Fowl Visions says:

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

    Thanks for sharing. It is beautiful!

  52. Mokihana says:

    What absolutely lovely photos!!

  53. diana says:

    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:

  54. Kim W says:

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

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

    Blessngs from Ohio…

  55. Ellie says:

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

  56. Sheila says:

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

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