The maples still highlight the Appalachian forest.
The backlit maples are like house lights.
Today was my first opportunity for a real hike since I got back from Europe more than a week and a half ago and it was a good day to go. The leaves are faded, but when the light hits them right, they are simply spectacular. These shots were taken near Carvins Cove, where the water levels are very low and the color isn't all that obvious until you look closely.
Here's me and my stocking cap, proving it's pretty chilly.