WELCOME FALL! by Cheryl Pierson

Hi everyone! Fall is here, and you know that old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words?” It’s so true! Today, I wanted to share some pictures of my second home, the state of West Virginia. These were taken by professional photographer Rick Burgess who also happens to be a good friend. Rick is so talented, and he has many prints, 2018 calendars, t-shirts, and even a book that features his wonderful photography that are all available to order! This is a just a very small sample of Rick’s work, but I know once you’ve seen these gorgeous pictures you’ll want to see more!

Do these pictures evoke a fall memory? I don’t know why, but when I think of fall, I think of realizing “fall is in the air” on one of my walks to my piano teacher’s house one afternoon after school. Odd, isn’t it? I was about 10 or so, but I will never forget how that day smelled as I walked–crisp, clean, and well–like fall! What’s a favorite fall memory of yours? I hope these pictures will stir the memories of beautiful fall days in your mind!
















Gnarled tree at Plum Orchard Lake.  The Lord has a beautiful palette of colors in His work–more than we could ever imagine!















The mist at the end of a West Virginia road…wonder what’s down there around the bend?














A Rick Burgess shot of the New River Gorge. There is a bridge that goes over this, and once you’re at the place where you can get out and look down, you are so high you’re level with the hawks that make their home there–they call it “Hawk’s Nest”–and it’s one of the most breathtaking places on earth!















One of my personal favorites, these trees at sunrise with the mountains behind them. I love these colors!














A West Virginia rainbow!














This is one of my favorite pics of Rick’s. A reminder of days gone by.











So many colors! Beautiful stuff, with the leaves on the trees changing to their fall hues.














A gorgeous sunset. Isn’t it beautiful?

The fog lifting in the West Virginia highlands. This reminds me of the Woody Guthrie song, “This Land is Your Land”. When I was growing up in a small Oklahoma town in the 60’s, Woody Guthrie’s sister was our school secretary. We learned many of the beloved songs he wrote about Oklahoma, but also “This Land is Your Land” which was about our entire country. When we sang these songs sometimes before class started, she would listen on the intercom and compliment us. She always said, “My brother would be so proud of you all!”  There’s a stanza that talks about the fog lifting:


When the sun comes shining, then I was strolling
In the wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting
This land was made for you and me.

And one last parting shot! Beautiful stuff! If you would like to see more photography and PRINTS by Rick Burgess, here’s a link: http://wvexplorer.com/photo-galleries/gallery-west-virginia-images-rick-burgess/

To connect with Rick on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Rick-Burgess-Photography-1784107871826356/

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34 thoughts on “WELCOME FALL! by Cheryl Pierson”

  1. Cheryl- Wow, what a beautiful post. Those picture are amazing. I love fall and the majestic fall colors. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos, Rick Burgess is talented.
    Have a beautiful Fall Day. ???????

    • Tonya, Rick is also one of the nicest people ever, as well as being so very talented. It is a beautiful fall day here in Oklahoma City–got “nippy” last night and today is one of the coolest days we’ve had so far. I think it was down in the 40’s last night, and high in the upper 60’s today. I do miss these wonderful color changes in the seasons living here in OK, but I DO NOT miss the snow. LOL Hope you have a great day, my friend. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Tonya! I responded to this before but it’s disappeared for some reason! GRR! Thanks so much for stopping by–Yes, Rick is very talented, and also super nice. He has calendars for sale with some of his wonderful pictures too. It is a beautiful fall day here today in Oklahoma–cool with a “nip” in the air–one of the very coolest days we’ve had so far. Thanks so much for stopping by — don’t know what happened to my earlier comment! LOL

  2. Absolutely beautiful. How talented. Thank you for this post and introducing us to Rick Burgess.
    Carol Luciano

    • Hi Carol! You are very welcome–my pleasure! I love Rick’s work. I’m always glad to share it with others to enjoy–his Facebook page is just filled with wonderful photos.

  3. I loved the pictures. I have been to the Gorge and it is amazing. Thanks for starting my day with such beauty.

    • Debra, that is one of the most breathtaking views, isn’t it? WV is a true gem with the beautiful scenery it has. I’m glad you stopped by–I’m always happy to share Rick’s work.

  4. Those are gorgeous pictures. I spent my first 10 years in new York and fall always reminds me of the trees changing colors and the crispness in the air. Here in Texas, we just don’t get those pretty colors.

    • I know what you mean, Janine. I lived for about 10 years in West Virginia, and I sure do miss those colors in the fall. Now I’m back in my home state of Oklahoma and you’re right–it’s much like Texas. None of that beautiful fall color changes in the leaves–or very little.

  5. Cheryl, thank you for sharing these breath taking photos. I would love to drive along the East Coast to experience these gorgeous colors. Living in Texas, I long for a true Fall season. *sigh*

    • LOL Caryl, sounds like you, Janine and I need to take a trip back east and make a little drive about this time of the year! There is something in WV I’ve always wanted to do but never got to do while we lived there. It’s called Cass Scenic Railroad, and they have a train that you can ride up a mountain to see the scenery–think they serve a meal (this is an old time steam engine) and they even have a deal where you can pay to have them unhook one of the cars and leave you up on the mountain for a day or two. I would not be brave enough to do that but it’s popular with newlyweds. LOL

  6. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures by Rick’s pictures. I’ve seen so many of his pictures in so many places. I live in a very small town with a post office, and lots of mountains near Asheville in Western NC.
    I also remember singing This Land Is Your Land and lots of other old songs when I was growing up.
    We are so much alike because I think Fall is in the air also. I’m so thankful to still live in the mtns.

    • Oh, Pam, he’ll be happy to know that. Rick’s one of the very nicest people, and so very talented, too. Those old songs are the best, aren’t they? I miss those days. Even though I was born a flatlander (Okie!) I married a “hillbilly” from WV–a “Mountaineer!” LOL I do miss those beautiful mountains in the fall.

  7. HI precious friend. I love the pictures and the blog. For a number of years, we spend the fall with our friends in Vermont and the area. The pictures, and your blog, reminds me of those memories. They lived in a century old farmhouse in Montpelier and of course all around were beautiful fall foliage. Believe it or not, but we have beautiful trees in this part of Texas…not like East Texas, but really lovely, since we’re up on the caprock in the Panhandle. Thanks for the great blog and pictures. Big hugs, P

    • Hey, Phyliss! I have never been to Vermont. I’ve been to upstate New York, and to Canada, but that’s as far north as I’ve ever been. We do have some trees here in Oklahoma, too, that turn, but nothing like in WV! Glad you enjoyed the pictures and thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to pop in! Big hugs back atcha!

    • Hi Denise,
      When I go to Rick’s page and look through his pictures I am always so amazed at his wonderful talent. What a gift. Each and every one is like a postcard. So glad you stopped by and enjoyed his work!

  8. I have to also apologize for the way this blog came out formatted–the captions above the pictures actually go with the picture above. I could not get that to work right no matter what I did. SORRY! I know it’s aggravating because there is such a wide space between them all. :(((((

  9. Cheryl,thank you for sharing these outstanding pictures. We are blessed by God to enjoy what he shares with us.

    • Amen, Melanie! And Rick has so many wonderful photos. He’s also got a coffee table book with many of them included. I’m so glad for talented people who can photograph these images and for Rick’s generosity in allowing me to share some of them with everyone.

  10. Lovely pictures. Fall is my favorite time of the year. The heat of the summer is gone (except this year), the air is crisp and cool, You can smell the leaves which have fallen and hear them crunch underfoot. Fall fruits and vegetables are plentiful and ready for the soups and stews that serve so well for Fall meals. Animals are on the move. Birds are heading south, animals that hibernate are rummaging for all they can get to fatten up for their long nap, and hoofed animals are herding up and rutting. The Fall colors are beautiful. You have the wide variety of colors in the East and the golds of the Aspen in the West. Today has been our first real Fall day and I am loving it.

    • Our first one was yesterday, Patricia, but today is the same. We are due for several days with highs in the upper 60’s and lower 70’s and nights into the mid 40’s-low to mid 50’s. I always hate to see summer end. But after a few fall days, I “get in the mood”–it’s winter I really hate. LOL Thanks for stopping by today!

    • Thanks, Shanna. I’ve been so fortunate to see West Virginia through many fall days–all beautiful–before moving back to Oklahoma. But Rick really has captured some gorgeous moments through his lens! So appreciative to him for letting me share his work here.

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