An Unspoiled Autumnal Walk

This past Friday I got in the car and drove to an opening in the woods just down the road from our house.  Although the spot was less than a quarter mile away, and any other person would have walked, I drove in an effort to reserve as much energy as possible so I could do a bit of exploring.  With my trusty cane in my right hand and my camera around my neck, I entered the forest along a well-maintained track.  I’d never been to this area before, though I had been planning to check it out since noticing it after we moved earlier this year.  The first half of the pictures below are some of the things I discovered.  I wish I could share the smell and sound of the leaves crunching beneath my feet; the birds calling and flying in the canopy above; the babbling of the small, mossy spring where dragonflies were sunning themselves; and the joyful feeling that I had stepped out of the real world and into a children’s fantasy book.

These wild turkeys were sunning themselves inside a cleared and fenced off, old, private, family cemetery.
I like to stroll through old cemeteries and imagine what kind of lives the inhabitants had.  They lived through the Civil War era and were loved and missed by someone.
I found this old plow laying in another clearing in the middle of the woods.  I wonder if it belonged to someone in the cemetery.
Though water from the mouth of the spring was definitely bubbling up from the rocks, it clearly wasn’t in any hurry to go anywhere.
I was lucky my shoe was the only thing that got wet.  Wobbly, unbalanced, cane-carrying walkers should not try to walk from rock to rock in order to discover the source of a spring!
Once out of the woods and heading back to the car parked along the road, I noticed this and the following lovelies basking and enjoying the last remaining fruits of the summer.
It was such a beautiful day that I drove to the river and walked on the bridge for a few minutes.
The only cloud in the sky reminded me of a leaping frog.
These guys allowed me to take not only their photo but also snaps of the drone they were figuring out. They were flying that thing absolutely everywhere!
I love the color of these berries. Honeysuckle berries, I think…?
A little family of turtles warming themselves.
Leaf detritus on the bridge.

I hope you have a chance to enjoy the changing seasons wherever you call home.

God be with you! ❤️, Amy

2 thoughts on “An Unspoiled Autumnal Walk

  1. Thanks for the follow! This walk is quite delightful. I like the way you included so many different kinds of observations here, showing that you’re open to seeing beauty almost anywhere. The leaves on the curb are a perfect ending…
    The butterfly under the bee is some kind of skipper. The pink flower on the mushroom – I love that – is knotweed. I love those old gravestones an the road, too.

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    1. Thank YOU for the follow! Yes, I think it is a firey or woodland skipper. I wondered what sort of flower the pink blooms were. Thanks for letting me know 🙂.

      I particularly enjoyed your serendipitous Whidbey Island Wandering. You have a poetic, delicious style of writing that makes me want to immediately board a plane to sample the toothsome comestibles you described. Your photos of window reflections, clouds, and ocean views are stunning! I’ve just been playing with photography for just a few months, but I can tell you are no novice. You have perfect composition, depth of field, and know how to use the light to the best effect. I look forward to more of your posts!

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