Fall in Davis, WV is almost over, at least the leaf show is gone. The few leaves that remain now are the copper-colored beeches and a few stands of quaking Aspen.
Aspen is common on top of the mountain between Davis and Canaan Valley. When the wind blows, and leaves quiver, they make a wonderfully soft sound, sometimes it’s all you hear on a summer hike. In the fall the leaves turn brilliant yellow, and now in late October they’re about the only color left.
Every season is beautiful in the West Virginia mountains. Now that the trees are bare, and we see the contour of the land again, we remember how much we missed the view. But come May, when the leaves appear again, we’ll rejoice at that, too, and go off in search of morels.
The beauty of these mountains exerts a powerful pull, even when the leaves are mostly gone and the only color is what’s left on a small stand of Aspen shivering in the wind.