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    Posted October 15, 2012 by
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    Autumn leaves 2012

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    Fall Color From Coast to Coast


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ecotraveler was inspired to photograph these beautiful images because fall is her favorite time of the year. 'It was the perfect day for photos. Slightly overcast, cool and dry and every time I got out of my car at least a dozen colorful little ladybugs covered my jacket,' she says.
    - Jamescia, CNN iReport producer

    A mid October day trip across Virginia offers you a wide variety of opportunities to glimpse the diverse Fall that the historic Commonwealth has to offer.
    In the eastern portion of the state near the Atlantic ocean you can start your journey at sea level and will pass the bright white of cotton and yellowing soybean leaves blooming as you wander the back roads through little towns and the big city of Suffolk.
    Lakes Kerr and Gaston in south central Virginia offer the beginnings of color where the Roanoke and Dan Rivers flow at it's southern border.
    Keep traveling to the western area of the state and venture up 3300 feet above sea level, and Maples and Dogwoods brighten the mountains and valleys with shades of reds.
    Virginia Creeper is true to it's name and makes unusual scarlet patterns as it creeps along ancient rocks and scales the pale green trees against the blue of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
    In a few weeks, the blue will be replaced with rumpled waves of rust, gold, orange and yellow and as you travel farther north, the beauty of the Shenandoah Mountains and Skyline Drive completes the perfect Fall leaf peeping trip.
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