Autumn is the time of year that I like to wander around gardens, parks, and nature trails to “paint” with my camera. I love to capture nature as it is changing from one season to another, specifically summer to autumn. I don’t necessarily look for startling colors, but more so in textures and variations in color that depict the change in season. Capturing leaves in various stages of decay is beautiful to the eye, if presented properly.
Today I returned to a favorite place of mine—the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located in Federal Way, Washington. It is an outdoor garden located on acres of a natural wooded area of native Pacific Northwest foliage. It is bursting with color during the spring months. But the fall season offers up its own display of color, albeit a bit more subdued in fanciness. One needs to seek out the jewels of the season and pay close attention to detail. Walk slowly through this garden, paying attention to everything around you, both above and below, and you will find many jewels of nature.
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