Autumn in Shangri-La

Autumn Falls Early on the Wilson River

My dad, Loren Wilson, planted these Japanese Red Maples at our place on the Wilson River forty years ago, and many of them are still around. Every fall they turn glowing reds, burgundies, oranges and amber colors and lots of people stop by to photograph them. Outside my studio window today I was admiring the last yellows in the backyard when I noticed an azalea, confused by the great fall weather we've been having, [thanks, Rhonda, Dave, et al!]the whole bush is budded and blooming like it was supposed to and couldn't this last spring when its buds were black and frozen.

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