Fall Foliage on the River

Fall Foliage on the River

Do you find the speed of your life accelerating this time of year? I do. It’s starting to become a blur. Holiday shopping, cooking, cleaning, sports, working, never ending lists of to-do’s, all seem to accumulate and overwhelm us. My family was in much need of some down time. We needed a moment to stop, take a deep breath, quiet ourselves, and spend quality time together. So Sunday we took the kids canoeing. Autumn is a gorgeous season in Virginia. The weather was in the 70’s and sunny and the foliage was absolutely stunning. I just had to share it with you.

Bridge in NW River Park (1024x678)

This little waterway is always calm and glassy, and the trees form a low canopy overhead.

leaning tree  (1024x683)

The boys all piled into one canoe and the girls in the other. I think this was the first time we didn’t try to out race each other, we were all just in awe of the color and took our time.

boys in canoe (1024x683)

canoe in river (683x1024)

The little waterway meanders through the state park and ends at a little picnic area. There’s a short hundred yard hike through an adjoining grassy meadow that opens up to the Northwest River.

Canoes on beach (1024x737)

A small floating boat dock is a favorite place for my kids to fish, but today we left the fishing gear behind.

Kids on dock (1024x683)

cypress trees in water (1024x833)

Floating along in a moving canoe posed challenging for picture taking, especially with my teen daughters rowing and trying to splash each other! We had only one dramatic moment with a blood curdling scream that pierced the forest, upsetting the serenity… a spider crawled across one of the girl’s foot… in her flip flops. I threatened death if they flipped us… I had the camera in hand!!

crooked branches (1024x683)

The skies started to cloud up toward the end of the trip and the light took on a softer glow, making the river look like a Monet painting. But God’s brushstrokes were at work on this river canvas.

foliage like impressionism (1024x675)

This last shot was from the park ranger’s station. The maples looked as if they were on fire!  See the little boy fishing and waving to us? Too cute!

maples and little fisherman (1024x844)

Sometimes pausing and allowing ourselves to soak in the beauty that surrounds us is exactly what we need to recharge our batteries. The laundry piles can wait, family time is more important.


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  1. Great pics! Glad you were able to get out and enjoy fall!

  2. Very beautiful photos! Fall is an excellent time of year.

  3. I had to put these up on pinterest! Beautiful

  4. Wow so totally gorgeous!!

  5. Wow, how crazy beautiful is that?? I felt like I was looking at postcard pics 🙂 You are sooo blessed to have that amazing scenary & beauty right in your backyard! We call it God’s country :)Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Hi, Wow this is so beautiful…wondering where this was. I lived in VA for a time and my son now lives there. Thought I would share this place with him. I got here via the dark wax application blog. Enjoyed this. Thank you. I kayak down here in FL..love it. Maggie