Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mosaic Monday #13 Autumn Tranquility

Hubby and I took a stroll down at our community arboretum last week that stretches over 34 acres. It's a quiet location at the crossroads of two country roads where you can't hear the cars passing by but you can loose yourself in the serenity of the place.
The arboretum used to be hive of activity with garden members maintaining it and creating projects like this long abandoned birdhouse. But people get older and the help dwindles to a few doing their best so the town was asked to take over the property.
The ornamental grasses still sway in the breeze, cared for by new people now and the fairy rings have increased this year. The fairies have taken advantage of their new freedom of not being under constant watch.
As with any place of trees, there is brilliant autumn colour and the scarlet oak does not disappoint.
Towards the back of the upper meadow is a pond where the beavers have been busy for the last few years. The property had a home on it near the pond a long time ago. The only evidence now is a few irises and a struggling peony under the brush where the foundation stood. I discovered this weathered bench behind tangled branches by the pond's edge. I try to imagine who might have sat on it looking at the same view across the pond with the reflection of trees and sky.

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38 comments:

  1. That looks like a lovely place for a Fall walk. It is a shame to have no more folks tools after the area, but that seems to be the norm for many places now. Some of us are getting older and it is becoming just too much and the younger ones don't always want to step up and take over.

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  2. Hello Judith, the community arboretum sounds like a lovely and peaceful place to visit.. I love the grasses and the pretty fall colors. The bird house is nice, just needs some paint. At least there are a few people still interested in to take care of this property.. Lovely images and mosaics. Thank you for hosting, have a happy week!

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  3. A scarlet oak,how wonderful.Looks like a lovely place to walk and experience nature getting on with what it does best!

    Enjoy your week,
    Ruby

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  4. There really is a lovely, serene atmosphere in your photos, Judith. The ornamental grasses are beautiful, and so are the fairy rings...
    Let's hope your community arboretum will continue to exist and perhaps to thrive again.
    Have a nice week!

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  5. Looks like the fairies have taken over. How pretty and what a great place to spend the day! Looks more like Autumn in your area than in mine! But it's cool here today and we're enjoying a bright sunny day! Hugs, Diane

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  6. I hope those 34 acres continues to be a preserved area for people to enjoy. The scarlet oak is magnificent, Judith.

    Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday.

    -Karen

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  7. Ah blogger. This did not show up on my reader today. Your photos do justice to your title, and such a gorgeous color in that scarlet oak.

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  8. That sounds like a lovely place to take a walk. The scarlet oak is gorgeous. I am glad the fairies are having a good time with their new found freedom. Have a great week Judith.

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  9. The scarlet oak is a beauty. What a lovely spot for a walk and visiting fairies. Thanks for hosting!

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  10. I love taking walks especially at this time of the year. The arboretum looks like a place I would take many walks through over the year.

    Now I am wondering, who sat on that bench ? Who lived in the house that is no longer there ?

    I love seeing the many places kept up by volunteers, we have many around here. But the volunteers are getting older . Unfortunately , many of the places like that around here won't be cared for by town, city, or state funding when the volunteers get too old to keep up. Just like some of the very old cemeteries.

    We have a fairy ring here at Cedar Pond and I love it.

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  11. Judith what a beautiful spot to wander and take in the beauty of unspoiled nature. That oak is magnificent.

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  12. This looks like a nice place to walk and be with nature, Judith I hope the city take over the care. It is difficult to find volunteers who enjoy gardening tasks like this, as everyone seems so"busy" these days! The red leaves are magnificent! many of our trees are already bare.

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  13. Your beautiful stroll through your arboretum makes me think it has been far too long since we took a stroll through Seattle's Arboretum. It is on the shore of Lake Washington and a beautiful place. . .well get over there soon.

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  14. Looks familiar - I remember going there with you and Glenn! The scarlet oak is stunning. Gorgeous! The bench is cool too. Hope the beavers aren't too active, as I know they can cause problems. Have a great week and thanks for sponsoring MM.
    Hugs, Beth

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  15. What a beautiful and peaceful spot. That looks like the martin houses that my grandfather used to build! :)

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  16. What a pretty place, and I'm glad the city has taken over. Very peaceful atmosphere, and a gorgeous scarlet oak.

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  17. A place of beauty and mystery, too. How lovely the still scarlet oak tree! It provides a sharp contrast for the parts of the garden that are well past peak. Gotta love that lingering color.

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  18. Thanks so much for hosting this fun party.

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  19. This looks like such a peaceful place to walk and sit in autumn, Judith. Hubby and I spent another afternoon up in the mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. We both agreed that it's the most peaceful place to go in the fall, especially on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    Your mosaics this week really tell a story, Judith. I love the vibrant leaves of the scarlet oak. Thank you for sharing and for hosting and have a wonderful week! :)

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  20. What a wonderful area - so glad someone is taking care of it. Love the colors - and the fairy ring!

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  21. Thank you for my tranquil walk with you - I needed that today. Hopefully the town will bring it back to it's former glory.
    It's crazy busy here as we are on holiday this weekend and the whole place stops for a horse race tomorrow.
    Happy Melbourne Cup holiday to you
    Wren x

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  22. What a marvellous place to have on your doorstep for walking and staying in touch with nature.
    The stunning red oak just takes my breath away!

    We have such places here too where the band of willing helpers have diminished in numbers - just how do we spark the interest of younger generations.
    I'm a volunteer at a Heritage rose garden which involves dead heading roses during summer - it's the same old ones who turn up.

    Thank you for hosting Judith
    I'm glad to see you're enjoying your beautiful Autumn!
    Shane

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  23. Such a nice peaceful stroll with you today, Judith. Love the bench by the pond,so serene, and that Oak tree is just beautiful.

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  24. A wonderful place to walk and reflect. Too bad the place is not well maintained. Such gardens are treasures that do need nurturing.

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  25. That looks like a great place to wander around in! Love those vibrant Oak leaves!

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  26. Your mosaics are always works of art! I'm glad the town took over the park, rather than let it disintegrate completely...there is so much beauty there and I love that kind of nature walk ..in close proximity to where people actually live! The last picture is lovely and yes thought provoking. Flowers surviving long after the home where people lovingly planted them... .

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  27. What a wonderful Community Arboretum, peace and serenity close to home.

    Thank you for Mosaic Monday no. 13, a pleasure to visit and join in.

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  28. Looks like a lovely place to go walking at any time of year. Have a wonderful week and thank you for hosting.

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  29. The colour of the oak leaves is amazing isn't it. xx

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  30. By the look of all the lovely fall pictures that was a great walk.
    Have a lovely week.
    Thanks for the party.
    Denise

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  31. A neglected garden is somehow sad, isn't it? But the arboretum still has lots of pretty features to enjoy in autumn. Colored leaves are wonderful!
    Happy week, Judith.

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  32. Lovely it looks so Fall. Thanks for the linky. I reposted a much older post. Having some computer problems here. Hopefully I'll be computer/tablet shopping soon. And I'll be back!
    Have a great week. Don't forget my Fabulous Fall Thanksgiving theme party is on! Come link your Thanksgiving posts!

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  33. Funny, your pictures bring/brought me such a sense of tranquility and peace - I def had a strong reaction to them, Judith. Thank you, that was an unexpected gift.

    Thank you for hosting. I actually remember to make a mosaic so I could join in the fun this time. /bonks head.

    Have a wonderful week.

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  34. Hello,Judith,
    What a beautiful place you have! The serenity with the clean air and the gentle red autumn color is lovely. I like all of your photos, especially the plume grass is my favorite.
    I am enjoying Monkey collage. Thank you for your host.
    I hope you have a good new week.

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  35. Wow, that scarlet oak has some seriously spectacular color, doesn't it? So enjoy seeing your lovely fall photos.

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  36. What a lovely place to get lost in and stay a while! And everyone will not agree with me but I noticed the overcast skies and I loved them. I would rather take photos on cloudy days... more than sunny ones. It is also better on these eyes :)

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  37. Looks like a wonderful place to sit and take in all the beauty and nature sounds ! Lovely photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  38. I love the quiet collection of Autumn you showed us today, Judith!...:)JP

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