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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Late summer wildflowers and golden leaves announce the approach of autumn near Elk Knob State Park in Ashe County on Wednesday. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Vines begin to turn red and goldenrod explodes around an empty house on Highway 88 near West Jefferson inn Ashe County on Wednesday. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    A branch of maple leaves are an indication that autumn is near. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    A branch of maple leaves are an indication that autumn is near. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Goldenrod erupts in a field at the foot of Elk Knob in Ashe County. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Autumn colors begin to tint a mountain ridge off Sutherland Rd. near Elk Knob, as vultures circle in updrafts overhead. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Goldenrod erupts in a field at the foot of Elk Knob in Ashe County. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    The approach of Autumn is bringing subtle changes to the mountain landscape on Sutherland Rd. in Ashe County. The light and the leaves are taking on golden tones as the sun goes lower across the sky. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Late summer wild flowers, like this chickory, bring early color to the fields and meadows of Ashe County. The approach of Autumn is bringing subtle changes to the mountain landscape. The light and the leaves are taking on golden tones as the sun goes lower across the sky. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Late summer wildflowers and golden leaves announce the approach of autumn near Elk Knob State Park in Ashe County on Wednesday. A wet summer and slowly cooling August and September lead some to predict this fall will be spectacular, but only Mother Nature knows for sure. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Maples start to glow red on Grandfather Mountain. The approach of Autumn is bringing subtle changes to the mountain landscape. The light and the leaves are taking on golden tones as the sun goes lower across the sky. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Maples start to glow red on Grandfather Mountain. The approach of Autumn is bringing subtle changes to the mountain landscape. The light and the leaves are taking on golden tones as the sun goes lower across the sky. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
  • http://media.charlotteobserver.com/smedia/2013/09/21/22/36/11zv4Q.St.138.jpeg|415
    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Maples start to glow red on Grandfather Mountain. The approach of Autumn is bringing subtle changes to the mountain landscape. The light and the leaves are taking on golden tones as the sun goes lower across the sky. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Maples start to glow red on Grandfather Mountain. The approach of Autumn is bringing subtle changes to the mountain landscape. The light and the leaves are taking on golden tones as the sun goes lower across the sky. JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
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