Almost Autumn

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Today’s temperature hovered around 90 degrees as I headed out for a trail walk in Holden Arboretum. Although most of the trees along the trail are still green, a few, like the beauty above, are definitely announcing the arrival of Autumn. Am I looking forward to cooler temperatures? You bet I am! Hands down, Autumn is my favorite season, and I’m anticipating some colorful trail walks during October…and into November.

Here are the first pictures for my Autumn album:

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And finally, one of my favorite trees: the sugar maple. Every year, I photograph the transition of this magnificent tree from summer into autumn and eventually winter. Here’s the first picture, still dressed in green garb, but preparing for the dramatic change coming in the months ahead.

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That’s it for week one of this year’s Autumn Album. If you are a trail walker who loves Autumn, come back next week when I will share more Autumn images.

See you soon!
Trail Walker

Lake Erie Bluffs

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Built high on the bluff, overlooking Lake Erie, the new observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs is drawing large crowds. Knowing that the tower will be crowded on weekends, Bob, Gulliver, and I chose to visit on Thursday morning. It could not have been a more beautiful day. Blue skies and cool temperatures made perfect weather for climbing the tower. The view from the top is amazing. Instead of telling you about it, I’m just going to show you. I took so many pictures I haven’t finished reviewing them all, but couldn’t wait to share some so you can see for yourself what a great experience it is.

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The tower seen from ground level
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Looking northeast…The plume of smoke is from the reactor at the Perry atomic power plant, which is just a short distance away.
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Another view to the northeast
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Looking northwest
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Walking the beach below the tower
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Bob and Gulliver waiting for me to finish taking pictures

That’s the first batch, but I have others that I will add later. The tower is a fantastic addition to an already wonderful metropark, one of many parks in Lake County. The management and staff of Lake Metroparks have done themselves proud. If you are in the area, take a ride out to Perry and see for yourself. It’s open in the evening too, and I can’t wait to go out to see the sunset!

Thanks for visiting the tower with me today.
See you soon.
Trail Walker

Winter walks in Holden Arboretum

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My project for this week is assembling a portfolio of my winter trail walks . Although I take regular walks in Chagrin River Park which is only five minutes from my home, another of my favorite places to walk is Holden Arboretum. If you follow my blog regularly, you have seen many pictures from my walks along the Arboretum’s trails. Today’s post is a compilation of my personal favorites from the last three months of trail walks in the Arboretum. It is a special place, and we are blessed to have it so close to home…not quite as close as Chagrin River Park, but only about 20 minutes from home to the entrance. So put on your boots and let’s head down the trail for a snowy walk!

As we continue to ease eagerly into spring, I hope you enjoyed today’s wintery trail walk.

Thanks for joining me on the trail today.
Trail Walker

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