Close to our home we have a lovely park along side the river. I absolutely love it there in the fall. The colours are just ablaze with yellow, orange, and red. There is one tree, in particular, that I love to visit while we’re there. It stands on its own in the middle of the field just begging for you to lay down your blanket and have a picnic beneath its branches. It’s this tree that we decided to focus on for our Autumn Tree Study put on by Barb at HNS.
(Picnic with a friend awhile back.)
(My son, R, a couple of years ago sitting at its base.)
Sadly, I have only a couple of photos of this tree. And now there will be no more.
A wind storm has knocked it down. 😦 We went to the park with friends the other day to do our nature study, but found the tree laying on the ground. It’s just a tree, I know, but I was pretty sad. I have memories about this tree from my childhood.
R with his friend standing on the roots.
It’s sad to see such a large old tree come down. It obviously can’t be replaced. Not soon anyway. Such a waste.
The only positive is that the kids at least got to see the root system.
After the shock of the fallen tree we we carried on and went exploring. The other aspect of this park that I like is the cliffs. The kids love to climb the cliffs.
We did have a wonderful day despite the tree. My friend, Jen, and I reclined on a blanket under a tree and watched the leaves fall. This was peaceful and exhilarating at the same time and a lovely way to spend some time with a friend.
Then the kids had to have a whirl on the merry-go-round.
You don’t see these at playgrounds anymore.
Maybe there’s a reason why. 😉
When we returned home it was still so lovely outside that I decided to hang out on my hammock and watch the birds at the feeders…one of my favourite things to do.
So, we’ll have to find another tree to study through the seasons. We’ll likely choose one on our back yard which will be fine. We had drawn some sketches a couple of weeks ago. We’ll do some more now that the leaves have changed colour.
I just love Autumn.