Autumn at the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens
It has been a spectacular autumn in Albuquerque this year. Delightfully pleasant days and cool, crisp nights. Perfect weather that has lasted for weeks. On a whim, Star-Lord and I decided to head to the Albuquerque Biopark and walk around the Botanical Gardens last week. While I’m sure that the foliage would have been even more vibrant had we gone a week earlier, I was still in awe of the colors of the cottonwoods. They really are such magnificent and interesting trees.
It was such a serene day and everyone we encountered was walking silently and just absorbing the atmosphere. I love it when there is an unspoken understanding among strangers.
It was clear that much of the preparations for the annual River of Lights had been done as we could see many of the holiday light displays already set up. Seeing this dinosaur during the day is a very different experience! It makes for a very cool pic.
If you looked closely, there were other hints of the upcoming holiday show.
Mostly I was intrigued by the unique wonders of this season.
Somehow it got me thinking about one of the few poems that resonate with me.
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.