Fall 2021 Leaf Report – Week 1

Written By: Dorothy Stephenson

It’s that time of year again! My favorite time of year actually. Next to Christmas, of course.

The air is crisp and fresh, and cozy fog is laying on the mountains that are turning from lush greens to rustic, autumnal shades.

Last year, we (along with helpful community members) documented the transformations week by week, and viewers enjoyed it so much that we’re doing it again this year. At this time in Highland County, Virginia, the hillsides still boast a healthy amount of green; however, oranges and yellows are starting to poke-a-dot the landscape. Here’s your first look at Highland County’s 2021 Fall color – just in time for this weekend’s Hands & Harvest Festival, featuring live performances, arts and crafts vendors, a used book sale, farm tours, and so much more. Enjoy! And check back next week to see how the color changes in just a few short days.

Happy Fall, y’all!



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Dorothy Stephenson grew up on her family's cattle operation in Meadowdale, located in the southwest corner of Highland County. When she wasn't on horseback helping her father gather and work cattle, you'd likely find her (still on horseback) jumping creeks in her family's nearby "Big Pasture." Today, though she doesn't ride horses much anymore, she has her own cattle, land, and expansion plans for a farm. Additionally, (and with the inherited, Stephenson, entrepreneurial spirit) she owns two small businesses in Highland County - Sundance Media & Design and Sundance Studio & Productions, which houses another of Dorothy's long-time loves - Clogging. Dorothy loves exploring new places, skills, and ideas, and she intends to live life to the fullest as long as it will let her. (Oh! And she LOVES Christmas!)


  1. Bill winkler

    Another awesome addition to your blog Dorothy!

    • Dorothy Stephenson

      Thank you so much, Bill!!! 🙂

  2. Greg Bowman

    Love it and thanks for taking the time to provide me with a breath of fresh air via your posts and pictures

    • Dorothy Stephenson

      Glad you liked it, Greg!!! Thanks to our local photographers, you can almost feel the moisture in the air when looking at these pictures. It’s great Fall weather here right now!

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