It's beginning to look and feel more like Autumn in the mountains. We love to drive to the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) where the color first appears around here.
I took this photograph for the clouds, not the color
Spots of color give a hint of the beauty to come
The wildflowers and shrubs add to the color
And the clouds again. Almost like a huge contrail
Just mention the words, "possible flurries" during the winter in the south and people run to the grocery store. In no time at all the bread and milk are sold out.
Likewise, mention the words, "some gasoline shortages" and everyone drives to top off their tanks. Immediately. So it comes as no surprise that there is no gasoline anywhere in our county, and likely not in neighboring counties as well. And by the time of this writing there may be none anywhere in North Carolina. The Colonial Pipeline carries most of the gasoline delivered to the East Coast has a leak and spill in Alabama. So warnings were issued that gasoline supplies might be reduced. That statement created a self-fulfilling prophecy and the gasoline stations sold out completely by Sunday morning.
Photograph from a mountain newspaper
Our governor (and other governors in the Southeast) has declared a state of emergency as the delivery interruptions might create huge problems for the school system and emergency services.
A diversion around the leak is in process and hopefully the gas deliveries will return to normal soon. Meanwhile, there will be no casual driving on the BRP to see the colors unfolding.