The golden grand-dog, Georgie, was visiting and a walk was more essential than usual. The sunny, warmer than normal day was perfect for a walk among the trails of the Rotary Friendship Park.
In a few areas, branches continue to hold on to leaves, not yet ready to release the last of their coloured garment to the earth. These two birches near the beginning of the trail catch one’s eye from the parking lot.
Closer to the earth, the exposed forest floor and a small tree catch the mid-morning light through the long shadows, surrounded by the grey stems.
The last of the maple leaves catches the light and shade perfectly.
Surprisingly some green leaves remain and add a element of mystery. How can these leaves not have changed and fallen yet?
What I enjoy most however is the light on the trail itself. When the leaves are not the focus, the play of shadow and light takes centre stage.
It urges me onward, trail after trail, to see the next scene and what lies exposed now that the trees are ready for winter.
Mid autumn, with its gorgeous colours, garners most of the attention. Not to be missed however, are the bare trees and the light.
Don’t get me started on the dance of light on a windy day!