I took advantage of what was probably our last spell of warm, sunny weather this past weekend here in the Puget Sound region. I returned to the Bloedel Preserve located on Bainbridge Island that I had initially visited in August. I was curious to see if the leaves had started turning. Of most interest I had in mind was the Japanese garden section of the reserve. As nature would have it, the Japanese Maple leaves had not yet morphed to their flaming red and orange colors, but other tree species were showing off their golden yellow colors.
This, being only my second time visiting the Reserve, has become a favorite spot of mine to get away from it all to experience absolute silence and to nourish the soul. I mean, the deep, dark sections of the forest area are absolutely silent. Tall, giant cedars and firs are one’s only companions. My own words alone are not enough to convey my inner thoughts and feelings as I spend a few hours of quietude in this naturalist’s place I refer to as “Walden.” Complete with its own forest, meadow, and pond, perhaps Henry David Thoreau would have delighted in this spot as he did his own Walden. So what I decided to do with this blog is to post some of the photos I recently took at the reserve, captioned with quotes by the author and the naturalist himself.
© Peggy A Thompson