The summer-flower has run to seed,
And yellow is in the woodland bough;
And every leaf of bush and weed
Is tipt with autumn’s pencil now”
– John Clare
A walk in the woods at Eagle Creek this weekend proved the veracity of the poet’s words. The foliage was incredible – it’s within a week or two of reaching its peak. It’s amazing how different microclimes respond differently. I live just 10 miles or so away, but in the woods out back just a few branches are starting to turn. At the park trees, bushes, vines, and grasses were all on fire.
Everywhere you looked was a scene of incredible beauty. We hiked the trail around the lake, which is a great one to do on cool autumn days. You hike down a forested hill to the lake’s edge and then around and across the lake on a strip of walkway edged with glorious bushes and perennials. It really shines this time of year. Then the trail meanders back into the forest and up to the Ornithology Center – just in time for a bit of lunch and some knitting while watching birds and chipmunks.
I took loads of pictures, so you’ll be seeing the beauties of autumn for quite some time. Most of the trees color is of a golden hue with vines grasses and berries turning scarlet for contrast. I love this time of year more than any other. It seems the cooler weather invigorates all of nature – filling the canopies, ground cover, and the animals with renewed energy and life to enjoy all of God’s blessings in autumn.
Blessings to you,