The Golden Forest

fall color in cades cove

Wes and I enjoyed a lovely visit with his parents this past week while watching the leaves turn to flame. Fall has finally arrived here in the Smokies, painting the forest in a stunning array of golds, reds, and oranges. We spent as much time as possible outdoors this past week, whilst enjoying the splendid colors, with picnics, short walks, and scenic drives along the parkways.

fall color in the smokies

A couple of days brought brilliant clear blue skies above, drenching the landscape below with abundant sunshine. Each day was a new adventure and during one of our outings, we met a delightful furry new friend named Clarabelle, who loved being petted and loved on, as much as we enjoyed doing so and running our fingers through her silky hair!

wes & rachelle siegrist hiking

With abundant green foliage still here in Townsend, we headed to the upper elevations in search of fall color, and were delighted to find what we were looking for, a landscape bathed mostly in golds, oranges, and reds! Paired against an azure blue sky above, the warm colors on the mountains below radiated beauty!

fall color in the smokies4

Each bend in the narrow winding road afforded yet another breathtaking scene, causing us to fill the van with “Ooooo’s and Ahhhh’s” as we admired them.

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fall color in the smokies3One of the most picturesque locations, was one in which a Virginia Creeper vine had crept all the way up a tall towering tree, outlining it in brilliant red, perfectly framing the mountainscape behind.

fall leaves in the smokies

During one scenic drive, I took this short video of a section in which the forest appeared to be made of gold, and was truly glorious . . . so enjoy!

We also enjoyed several meals on the back porch throughout the week, while watching my critter friends come to get their treats. They kept us quite busy giving continuous handouts. This time of year, the crickets sing a most peaceful song, and when paired with sounds of a gentle breeze rustling leaves, it induces a state of complete peace, so as you can imagine, we spent a lot of time relaxing on the porch! We said our goodbyes this morning, as his parents headed back to their home in Indiana, and now it’s time to get back to the studio!

wes siegrist


~ See Our Miniatures In Person This Week ~

In the Tradition of Audubon Exhibition
September 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020: Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati, OH

Society of Animal Artists’ 59th Annual Art & The Animal Exhibition 
September 19, 2019 – January 5, 2020: The Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

EXQUISITE MINIATURES ~ September 15 – December 3, 2019: Kennedy-Douglass Center For The Arts, Florence, AL


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~ Rachelle

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