Here is that indicator tree one week since my last photo. We have had more frost and temperatures in the lower 30s in the mornings. So the fall color is coming on now in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
All these photos were taken today between mile post 23 and 27 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In my opinion it is starting to look quite spectacular. As you look up to the mountains from the valley to the west, you can see the line between the golds coming out on the ridges and the edge of green at lower elevation. During the next week close observers will note the slow creeping of the bright colors down from the ridge tops erasing the deep greens of this past summer.