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I have always preferred Autumn to any other season. Summer heat does not agree with me, and I am always happy to feel the air become crisper, the clouds more defined, and even the days getting shorter. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, “fall colors” aren’t as widespread as in some other places because most trees are evergreen. But we do get some nice spots of color. Even my own backyard features a couple of Japanese Maple trees that turn a very pretty red in autumn. Ray nicknamed this one “Fluffy”:
Ray and I are pretty lucky that our wedding anniversary is in October, and we went to Victoria, BC, on our honeymoon in 2003. We stayed at the Inn at Laurel Point and make a point to go back there on occasion at this time of year. The Inn has (or had — last time we were there, it was under destruction) a very beautiful garden in back, with all sorts of beautiful maple trees turning various colors of red and yellow.
When in Victoria, we sometimes visit the Butchart Gardens, which are always aglow with fall colors. We especially like the Japanese Garden, with its maple trees and water features.
Closer to home, we often go to the alpine town of Leavenworth, mostly in the summer for the Accordion Celebration. But we also like the fall, where the deciduous trees that dot the hillsides add spots and ribbons of color. Tumwater Canyon is often the site of forest fires in the early fall, and the deciduous trees and shrubs sometimes plant themselves among the evergreens.
Next week, we leave for Hillsdale in Michigan, and the assumption is that the fall colors there will be very beautiful, as there are more oak and other kinds of hardwood trees on the campus. Me being a picture-taking fool, I expect to return with some very nice photos.