Showing posts with label trees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trees. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Farewell to Fall

Well, it's time to say my final goodbyes to autumn here in Central Ohio. The trees are all bare now, I'm sad to say. But earlier this month, I made a trip out to Dawe's Arboretum and there is where I really said farewell.
 This quiet park is one of the finest in this area. Because it's an arboretum, they concentrate mostly on trees and shrubs, not flowers. The advantages of using trees becomes obvious every autumn.

One of the best parts is the fact that they use an auto trail around the park so that you can see it all without having to hike mile after mile. This makes it accessible to all. Of course there are numerous turnouts so that you can stop and enjoy each pretty spot. Boy did I ever!

I know about using different colors and textures in your landscaping, but I don't think I've ever seen it done so well as here.

This living sculpture, that spells out Dawe's Arboretum, can only be seen fully from the air. But if you climb the tower at one end, you can get a pretty good view of it.
 Well, the sculpture is just one beautiful thing you can see from the tower.

That lake was just so beautiful that I had to get up close and personal with it.

I have to admit that I drove through the auto trail twice, just so I could make sure that I didn't miss anything. But something sad happened on that second go round. My camera battery died, so I had to switch over to my phone camera. So the rest of the pix here may not quite be up to snuff. But it was such a gorgeous park that hopefully you will barely notice.

As I went to leave, I found a smaller traditional garden, and that's where I found this colorful carpet view. What I particularly like about this part of Ohio is the rolling hills, and this is a good spot to see them.
So farewell beautiful fall, I'll see you again next year.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

That Last Fall Walk

Over the last week, the beautiful fall weather we were enjoying just disappeared. The skies turned gray, the rain arrived, the wind blew all the leaves away, and it turned cold. But before the change of weather, I took one final fall walk. I didn't know it was the last pretty day, so I'm extra glad that I took the time to enjoy that beautiful day. This time I walked at Blacklick Woods.
Trust me, I was the only one there for the beauty. There was a lot of fitness going on around me that day. But not me. I was just there to take it all in.

 The air was warm, the sun was shining, and fall colors were still all around.
It was just one in a long string of magical fall days this year.
I didn't walk very far, or very fast. But that's mostly because there were too many pretty sights to catch my eye.

So I let the joggers and speed walkers just buzz right by me. I kept my pace slow, so I didn't miss anything. I took the time to just soak it all in, because I knew that winter was breathing down my neck.
I'm so glad I took the time to enjoy that lovely fall afternoon before the dreary winter ahead. It was worth every step. 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Prettiest Tree

Our beautiful, warm fall has taken a turn for the worst. Blue skies have turned gray. Warmth and sunshine has turned into cold rain. I'm so glad I got all of my bulbs planted the other day when it still felt like summer! On that golden day, I made sure to snap a few fall photos, and I'm so glad I did.
It was only three days ago, but in that short time, this gorgeous tree is nearly bare.
There are so many pretty spots here at home in the fall, but nothing quite so beautiful as the ornamental pear tree.
It's always the last to turn color. That alone makes it a favorite. Right when the other trees have turned bare, it puts on it's own private show of color.
There's an entire rainbow of color in this one single tree. It's certainly the prettiest tree in town.
I'll see you again in the spring pretty tree, when are covered in soft, white flowers!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Falling for Autumn

This fall, I think I have changed my mind about my favorite season. I always rave about how much I like summer, but now I'm not so sure. See, after the summer drought, we all expected autumn to be a drab affair. Instead the opposite was true. I've never seen autumn so lovely. It's a perfect time for drives in the country.
Now I don't know if the extra colors have anything to do with the drought or not.
Maybe we just learn to appreciate everything more as time goes on. 
But it's not important why autumn is so beautiful. I've simply learned to appreciate the beauty of a perfect fall day just as much as I do a perfect summer day.
On days like this, there are no worries.
Nothing seems to matter except being in the moment.
All you need is the sunshine on your face and your feet on the ground.
So come along and fall for autumn with me, it only lasts a little while.