WPC: Shine On, Autumn

When I speak

My lips feel cold –

The autumn wind


For this week’s Shine photo challenge, I am sending you a bit of autumn and a poem by a Japanese poet whose scant 10 words somehow conjure up a perfect image of this season of strong winds and change.

Last weekend we were walking through the Japanese Gardens at Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.  It was one of those “golden days” of autumn, when the air was warm, but tinged with a cool breeze.   We turned a corner and I spotted the pond, unobstructed by a veil of trees.   The water gleamed in the afternoon light, mirroring the surrounding trees and clouds.

Every time I look at this shot, I spot another detail–the tea house in the center on its own little island, the bridge on the right reflected in the pond, the tiny people walking along the stone path rimming the pond.  The beauty of the scene was captivating.

View of the Japanese garden and pond. Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI. Shot with a Canon 70D.

View of the Japanese garden and pond. Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI. Shot with a Canon 70D.

Do you wish that the warmth of the sun and the beauty of the season would last a bit longer?    Do you like the colder weather or do you prefer to curl up inside next to a blazing fire with a good book (like me)?  Have a great week, everyone–wherever you are right now!









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  1. My cousin just went to the Meijer Sculpture Garden this weekend! Between his pictures and yours, it’s definitely going to have to make it on a list of places to visit when I get back to Michigan again. It looks wonderful.

    I actually took a great autumn walk earlier today along the Salt Creek Trail here in the Chicago suburbs. We don’t get as many of the vibrant colors there, but it was still quite beautiful, especially with the leaves falling on the creek. It was the perfect autumn day, right in the mid-60s, which is the perfect temperature in my humble opinion. I’ll take the 50s, too. Perfect sweater weather, go out for a hike and come back for some hot cider or tea. Yeah…autumn is 100% my favorite!


    • Hi, L.S. Thanks so much for your thoughts! The gardens are wonderful. It’s my favorite place here. When we go to Chicago, we do all our walking in the city. That spot sounds lovely.


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