Sep 23, 2019

Autumn at the Dallas Arboretum

The calendar says it's autumn, but Dallas has its own ideas! It's still hot and sunny. No complaints though - after watching what is going on in Houston and the Bahamas, I don't think I'll be complaining about the weather again.

When we moved here last year someone told me that the trees would go from green to brown and that there would be no fall colors. That certainly wasn't true in our neighborhood -- but not until mid November. Since September has been warmer than usual, I'm not sure we'll get enough cool weather to turn the leaves this year, but it will be fun to wait and see.

In the meantime, there's the fall festival at the Dallas Arboretum. The arboretum is our favorite place in the city. Dallas isn't a tourist destination -- it doesn't have the natural beauty that other places have. But it does have White Rock Lake and the Arboretum that runs along the side of the lake.

Mike ran a race there the other day, and instead of running (never going to happen),** here are a few pictures I took.

An arch of crepe myrtles.

Pumpkins line most of the main walkways.

There are numerous sculptures of children throughout the park. I think they are all for sale. So fun!

Another mini waterfall tucked away off the main paths.

There's a Pumpkin Village with a Charlie Brown theme that is darling and perfect for kids (and adults!). Open for the next few weeks.

Gourds everywhere.

Lucy's on the job.

I do wonder how all these pumpkins and gourds will withstand the hot sun, but in the meantime, they are beautiful.

MOOD WHEN DONE:  Grateful!

It's been a year since we moved into our house. It's been a bumpy transition year, but we are so happy to be near our son. That has really worked out well.

I hope to be back soon with a card, but only after I can take a decent photo. None of them are coming out - grr.

** Have you seen the movie Brittany Runs a Marathon? Highly recommend and based on a true story.


I Card Everyone said...

Ha! I can only imagine the advice Lucy would have... but would she give it, or keep it just out of earshot? LOved your tour, Joan - how wonderful to have this gorgeous arboretum AND your son close by!
Off to see if Brittany is available on Prime! Thanks for the recommendation!

TeresaC said...

Love your photos (the arboretum looks inviting) and your real-life commentary. So happy that you are near your son and sympathize with the rough transition. For me, moving is never easy or smooth.

Janet said...

Oh how pretty! I was at there several years ago when attending a family reunion. It is such a lovely place. :D

Sabrina said...

What great photos, Joan. Thanks for giving us a peek at the arboretum. I really like the pumpkin edging and would love to see the Peanuts village. This time of year I always get the DVD of the musical our and watch the scene in the pumpkin patch.
I hope the next year is a smoother one for you health-wise.

Leslie Miller said...

I want to visit the arboretum and I want to see the movie! I watched the trailer. Does not appear to be on Amazon. Beautiful place, the arboretum. I will never run a marathon, either. I hope you get to see some pretty fall color this year, even if it comes a little late. We don't get much of it here.

Jennifer Scull said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful photos of the arboretum! I can only imagine what a delight it must have been to experience! Thank you for sharing!

Thank you, also, for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! So nice to have a friendly face appear in my mailbox to brighten my day! :)