At the very beginning of the year, I posted photos from a Monte Sano State Park walk and wondered what this beautiful place would look like in the spring. I completely missed spring and summer, but thankfully, we made it to Monte Sano before autumn fades into winter again.
I captured nearly 300 photos the afternoon we visited, but unlike our last visit, I had far too many “favorites” to choose from. It’s taken me two weeks to choose, and since my focus was “trees” and “leaves,” I decided to share the leaves in a separate post. With some shots, I tried to “recreate” what I could remember of the winter shots. Remember this tree? It looks no different in autumn.
And this one:
Our tree-lined path was even more glorious with leaves forming a canopy over our heads and providing the crunch-crunch-crunch beneath our feet. Is “crunching leaves” your favorite part of the season?
With other shots, I just appreciated the splendor of the trees:
Sometimes, I simply enjoyed the breathtaking view from the “lookout” accented or consumed by the range of autumn colors. Then, there were those trees that made me wonder about their story. Notice how these two lean toward each other–one resting in the other’s supportive embrace.
This one a “relic” of a “time before,” when it stood against elements and seasons. A fallen comrade in the midst of those still standing strong and tall:
When we left the park, I exhaled deeply, as if all the cares of the world drained from my body as I walked through the park. Monte Sano is always a wonderfully therapeutic place, no matter the season. It must be the trees.