Along an Autumn River Trail

014In the south Puget Sound region of Washington State, one of the best, little nature hikes can be found in Tumwater Falls Park, located just off the freeway in Tumwater. Don’t expect the sounds of silence, though, as you hike the short trails on either side of the Deschutes River. A series of cascading falls sends the last roars of the river that began its journey in the Cascades into its final, quiet resting place in Capitol Lake.

011046I like to visit the park during autumn. Big Leaf Maples line the banks of the river and turn a golden color. Their leaves are humungous and always make for great, photo subject matter. Also along the river are fish ladders to help the salmon climb the several levels of falls.

035A large, withered Maple leaf lies on a trail fence, begging to be noticed. Did it land there naturally, or did a passerby place it there?

025I liked the way this light colored Maple leaf contrasted against the green moss as a black and white image.

032Rich, golden colors of the Big Leaf Maple.

057On a grassy area in the park is a Japanese Maple displaying its flaming, autumn color.

055Growing under the Japanese Maple tree, I found these bright yellow mushrooms that I’ve never seen before. At first appearance, they looked like lemon rinds, but then I realized they were a type of fungi.

060The twisted inner workings of a Japanese Maple makes for intriguing imagery.

062New growth from one of the gnarly limbs of the Japanese Maple.

078Oak trees displaying their splendid autumn color, as well.


Just across the street from the park, I came across another variety of maple tree with their colors of the season. These leaves exhibited gorgeous, pink colors.


And here is one that was just starting to turn with really gorgeous, pastel colors.


Lastly, I came across some fallen, red maple leaves on some silvery Dusty Miller plants. It made for the perfect color contrast and texture. I lingered here and took in the beauty of all the colorful leaves that Mother Nature was displaying. One never needs to go very far to marvel at her works this time of year.


© Peggy A Thompson

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9 Responses to Along an Autumn River Trail

  1. I loved the photos, but I think that it’s funny that they built a fish ladder to “help” the salmon and steelhead swim upstream when the fish had been doing just fine on their own for hundreds of thousands of years.

  2. Beautiful shots, Peggy. Looks like the fall colours there are outstanding.

    I would really enjoy hiking through this kind of place.

  3. Gunta says:

    Much the same down here. It looked like we weren’t going to get much fall color and right now it seems like it’s gone wild! Not complaining!

  4. Your fall photos are absolutely stunning. The colors are so bold and full of life, very enjoyable.

    • Thank you, Charlie, for your kind words. I’m really glad you enjoyed the fall images. Looks like the color won’t be around much longer. You have quite a website. I’ll have to take some time to explore it further.

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