Fall Photo Walk, October 2

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I visited a local public garden this evening in hope that it was still abundant with blooms. Our minor drought has cut this garden’s glory a bit short this year. Only the ornamental grasses are still thriving.

The weather pattern is a bit different each year, but this is the first year I can recall that gardens are dying down before there are lots of colorful leaves to divert our attention.

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Summer Photo Walk, September 3

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This morning I returned to the Allen County Children’s Garden. The tall grass garden is raging to record growth; the mulch path that winds through it was almost completely obscured with overgrowth. There were so many bees buzzing through the garden that I didn’t want to risk getting stung walking through that labyrinth.

In addition to my usual shots of flora from this delightful public garden, I also offer some of the whimsical decorations on display here.

We have started the slow march toward fall. In the background of one of the decorations, there is bokeh of yellow tree leaves. We’ve had a deficit of rain this summer so some of the leaves that are already changing may be due to leaf drop, a strategy trees use to cope with drought.

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Summer Photo Walk, August 5

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The sunflowers are in full bloom at the Allen County Children’s Garden. The ones in my garden are lagging behind others in town because I was late to sow their seeds this year. The annuals are prospering everywhere, and this public garden was no exception.

I spotted a wind chime fashioned in part from souvenir spoons. That’s some creative upcycling.

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A Wider View: Allen County Children’s Garden

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I’ve taken many photo walks through the Allen County Children’s Garden in Lima, Ohio, but I seldom take wide shots that reveal the density and whismy of this place. The photos in this post show only about a third of this place. Half of the rest was shrouded in morning shadow, and I lingered too long on the bright subjects I did capture that I walked away from the rest, full enough for now with its delights.

It’s one of those places I return to year after year because of the peace I feel when I’m there. If you find a place that fills you with serenity 90% of the time you go there, keep going back. The rest of the world can wait.

Here’s a video clip I made this morning of the ornamental grass area at this garden: