The lure of a warm, blue-sky Fall day was irresistible, so we headed out for a sunny walk through Gene Coulon Park. This impromptu visit to a favorite waterfront park might have been our last opportunity to enjoy 2013's changing colors since, WHAM! Mother Nature is switching gears tonight. At least we had a glimpse of that Autumn display, before the last of those colorful leaves blow away in the upcoming storm. There's no way most of those fluttering leafy bits will hang on after the next few days of wet, windy, cold weather. I know, I know... it happens every November, but I hate to trade this vivid leafy beauty for the drama of storms and stark tree silhouettes. At least until a wonderful Winter walk reminds me how much I love the quiet beauty of that season.
|Photo: Green leaves turn to gold...
|Photo: Yellow leaves shine like spotlights in the landscape...
|Photo: Neon colors are show-stoppers in the landscape...
|Photo: Coulon Parks's buildings are wonderfully eye-catching
|Photo: The park's sailing fleet is put away for the winter.
|Photo: Bare tree limbs reveal an interesting nest - I wonder whose home?
|Photo: Year-round resident Canadian geese look well-fed and content
|Photo: Local gulls are quite fearless and cheeky as they beg for food
|Photo: Ivar's fish and chips plus seafood chowder is a traditional stop at the end of a park visit... unless we are tempted by neighboring Kidd Valley's burgers instead.