These past two weekends have been filled with all kinds of fall related activities. The weather here in Virginia has started to cool down a little bit, and, as sorry as we are to see summer fade away, we all wanted to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather – and get some pictures while we were at it! Last weekend, our friends Erica and Graham (of St. Michel wedding fame) came down to visit. Erica was on a mission to “experience fall” as she put it. We did our best…

On Sunday, we took them hiking to the Cascades National Park. It’s a nice hike that ends in a beautiful waterfall. The entire hike follows the small creek below the waterfall. There’s plenty of small ripples and waterfalls all along the creek. The fall colors were out everywhere – we had a carpet of colorful fall leaves to walk on for most of the hike

Check out some of the trees above us – doesn’t it look like fall fireworks? 🙂 There was some really nice light falling on the fast moving water; and the colorful fall leaves dotting the stream made a really relaxing composition.

For most of the hike the sun kept peeking in through the trees above, giving all the leaves below a soft glow. This one is one of my favorites!

Next on the fall checklist was visiting an apple orchard to pick apples. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize apple picking season was over – until after we picked a bag full of apples! The orchard staff wasn’t very happy with us to say the least! There was this old fashioned apple picking basket sitting in the late day sun. I don’t know if it was actually used, or just decorative.

This weekend Sam and I went to the Sinkland Farms Pumpkin Festival. We had never been, but heard great things about it. Plus we were in the market for a pumpkin, maybe two…

It completely amazed me how large the pumpkin field was, and how many pumpkins there were to pick from. You could spend hours just selecting the perfect one. This picture only shows about a third of the whole field!

Luckily, we picked two pretty perfect pumpkins quickly (say that five times fast). Depending on our carving skills, we may post a few shots of the finished jack-o-lantern. Would love to post more, but I have some hot apple cider waiting for me 😉

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