The Last Colors of Fall… At Home in Southern Oregon

View from Curtis and Peggy Mekemson's patio in southern Oregon.

A view from the patio. Our white oaks provide a dash of golden orange to set off the green forests and blue mountains.

Several years ago Peggy and I were in the middle of a year off when we were treated to most of what America has to offer in fall’s brilliant display of leaves changing color. We began our adventure in late August. Our trip had taken us into Alaska and the weather was changing. The geese were getting restless, preparing for their journey south. We decided to migrate as well. Since our next scheduled stop was in Florida for Thanksgiving, we had three months to wander.

Our route took us down through the Yukon Territory and into British Columbia’s impressive national parks of Jasper and Banff in the northern Rockies. We then made our way east through Alberta and Saskatchewan, dropped down into North Dakota, and then traveled through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. We arrived in the New England states of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine at the height of leaf peeping season. We then journeyed south through the Mid-Atlantic States into the Blue Ridge Mountains. The trees were spectacular the whole way. We were following fall, so to speak.

Photo by Curtis mekemson

Fall in the Rockies. I took this photo on the western side of the mountains in Colorado.

Fall photp of Blue Ridge Highway by Curtis Mekemson.

Fall along the Blue Ridge Highway.

Fall photo of Blue Ridge Mountains by Curtis Mekemson.

Fall view looking out on Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our rather mild weather in Southern Oregon doesn’t produce the magnificent colors of New England, but we get a decent showing. I kept promising myself I would get out and take photos but writing and procrastination interfered. When I finally managed to be out and about with my camera, there were more leaves on the ground than in the trees. I was left with the last colors of fall, but they were still impressive.

Southern oregon fall photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Trails snaking through our five acres are named after our grandsons. Connor’s Cutoff, hidden under leaves, does a good job of capturing fall colors.

Southern Oregon fall photo by Curtis Mekemson.

This photo follows our road down the hill and past the white oaks.

Oregon Maple photo by Curtis Mekemson.

An Oregon Maple adds a touch of yellow to our yard.

Photo of Oregon Maple by Curtis Mekemson.

A close up of the Oregon Maple. I like the contrast provided by the dark limbs.

These red berries decorated a neighbors yard. As I recall from my youth in California, we called them California Holly.

These red berries decorated a neighbor’s yard. As I recall from my youth in California, we called them California Holly.

Photo along Upper Applegate Road in Southern Oregon by Curtis Mekemson.

Our drive into the town of Jacksonville, Oregon provided more fall views.

Photo of fall view on Upper Applegate Road in Southern Oregon by Curtis Mekemson.

Another view along Upper Applegate Road on our way into Jacksonville.

Fall photo of the Applegate River by Curtis Mekemson.

Our property fronts on the beautiful Applegate River. I took this photo on one of the bridges across the river on Upper Applegate Road.

NEXT BLOG: We will visit one of America’s premier parks (where I happen to be as I type this), Pt. Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco, California.







16 thoughts on “The Last Colors of Fall… At Home in Southern Oregon

  1. Beautiful.. One the things I miss most about living in the south is lack of seasons, fall being my favorite. Growing up in the north I used to anxiously await the leaves changing colors. I have been to the Blue Ridge many times and these pics bring back all those wonderful memories.

  2. Breath-taking photos! I tried really hard to get a particular job in Oregon last year. Charming Baker City. But I’d settle for almost anywhere on the west coast or the southwest.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures. You two must have had a wonderful time. 🙂

    • Thanks. We lucked out on the Oregon bit. Peggy and I were doing some genealogical research in the area… and looking for a place to land after three years of wandering. I found a number of dead relatives and a new home. 🙂 –Curt

  3. So beautiful. And after what I saw in Missouri and Kansas, my seasonal leaf envy isn’t quite as bad as it usually is. Can you still burn leaves there? The only thing better than the color is a cool, crisp afternoon with the faint smell of burning leaves.

    I’ve still got a photo of Dad and me in the front yard. He’s been raking, and I’m in the pile of leaves. It was such fun to run and jump into them. Mulchers and leaf blowers just aren’t the same.

    • Yes, people still burn leaves here, and brush, and trees, and… (grin) So far I have encouraged our leaves to go down into our canyon and play. I figure they are happily mulching away down there. As Peggy mentions, our grandkids have a lot of fun with the leaves. –Curt

    • I’ve been told that a sharp whack across the nose will discourage a bear, James. 🙂 Fortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out. Screaming loudly seems to work when one is standing on top of you. Normally, I threw rocks at the black bears of Yosemite. Playing dead is recommended. I’m kind of like the old man. I’d prefer to go down fighting. Thanks for the lead. –Curt

  4. We discovered that you can “sled” down our hill using a cardboard box as the sled and the leaves as a “snow trail”……it was pretty wild and fun! Peggy

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