It's the unnoticed places--those places people pass by on their way to a National Park or recreation area-- that can be the most beautiful at times and are the places I'd rather spend my time. They have storied to tell and you're a good listener, brother. Well done!
Stunning, you caught that rare angle of orange/green/yellow of the full transition of autumn color; makes me ask if the leaf to lichen ratio is what makes this magical ?.... (and that dark hole on the lower left one wants to crawl into for the winter).