October 9th was my annual Day-After-Columbus-Day trip to the arboretum. The peaceful day after the place goes crazy with bus loads of visitors and automobile grid-lock. I arrived at 9:00 a.m., camera and binoculars in hand, feeling satisfied that I just came from having my car serviced for winter and could turn to the serious business of relaxing with mother nature. Trip to the auto service department. Check.
I must say that I did not spy any unusual birds at the arboretum – just the expected goldfinches, geese, ducks, sparrows.
I did see lots of people taking pictures of other people and the annual exhibit of boy scout and girl scout scarecrows. Each Scarecrow was more fun than the next as I strolled around the lake that is home to the exhibit. I had several “favorites” including a bird who was angry about litter and the Cat in the Hat. Cats and birds …. my favorite animals.
It was a lot cooler day than a year ago when we had unseasonable warmth. And there was a stiff breeze. But the sun was delightful and the leaves were turning.
The redbud trees that formed a wall of pink on the far side of one of the lakes in spring turned to lush green in the summer and were now reflecting gold. The surface of the lake was alternately calm and then wind-swept. A group of school girls posed for photos. I lingered to snap some pictures.
The bluebird and purple martin houses on the arboretum grounds seemed lonely. A long, cold winter separates them from new inhabitants next spring.
Doubtless, I’ll be making it back here as often as I can before the trees have spent their leaves. I love October. It’s always been my favorite month. Good and happy memories come with October. And they seem to stay forever.
Annual post-Columbus Day trip to the arboretum. Check.