Weekend Wanderings

Sometimes it’s those unplanned adventures that we enjoy the most.  This often seems to be the case for me, anyway.

My weekend wanderings began with heading out to my sister’s place so we could run errands together, but we ended up running a few adventures as well.  One of the things I really appreciate about my sister is her willingness to go with the flow.   Or as we like to say…  “Sometimes you just gotta follow the force, Luke.”  So we followed the force to William O’Brien State Park.

The fall colors are at their peak in my area right now, and everywhere you look is alive with autumn’s splendor, my eyes are in paradise!  ❤

The weather wasn’t on our side, it was cold, raining at times, and the skies were overcast and dreary, but we didn’t let that stop us, we enjoyed every minute of it.

Here’s a few of the photos I snapped…



I bet fairies live here…


I didn’t see any though, they must not have been at home.  😉

Right before I snapped this one, there were children frolicking here, it was a beautiful, heartwarming little scene…


I’m a bit disappointed I couldn’t have gotten a better capture of this path, it was so lovely, and smelled of pine and dried leaves.  I wish I could bottle that scent.  We spent a considerable amount of time sniffing around here.  😀



After we left the park, we pulled over to the side of the road because there was a pretty area I had noticed on the way in that had some beautiful fall colors and I wanted to try to take a photo of it.  But then when I looked on the opposite side of the road, I spotted a bald eagle in the branches of some bare trees.  Although I was too far away to really capture it (can you even see it?), I love the feel and the mood of this photo.  Maybe partly because the moment was so special ~ seeing a bald eagle is always exciting, even if it’s only from very far away…


The sun tried to come out, but the cloud cover was just too thick…


But even without it, the autumn colors still glowed…



 The following day though, the sun was shinning brightly, and on a whim my daughter and I headed over to the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary.  We had tried to go there earlier in the week, but it was closed.  Those of you who have been here with me for a while may recall me posting about this place before when I spent some time there on one of my birthdays.  It’s a lovely place and we had the most wonderful time hiking through the trails.

Here are a few of the photos I snapped while we were there…

I can’t even tell you how unbelievably gorgeous it was, the colors were absolutely dazzling, and the smell… amazing! ❤


Each path had its own ambiance and feel to it depending on the various twists and turns and the plantings along the way…




And the colors… oh the brilliant colors.


But the more subtle tones were equally as beautiful…


There were tiny little colorful treasures everywhere, if ones walks slow enough to notice them…


Even the dead things were alive.  Alive with interest and with their own special, unique beauty…


And then there’s this unique beauty…


My beautiful daughter.  ❤

Right after I snapped that shot of her, a park worker came over to us and told us we weren’t allowed to take portrait type of photos in the park.  What?!  Apparently it’s because when doing so, many people go off the designated trails and trample the tender plantings that are along the sides of the path.  I told her I wouldn’t dream of doing anything that would harm the living things in the park, they’re the reason we were there, and I’m thankful to have such a gorgeous place nearby to visit, it was just that as we happened upon a lovely sitting area, I thought it would be perfect for a portrait.  And it was, look how nice it turned out.  😉

Lastly, let me share this photo I snapped of a cute, friendly little kitty named Lily, who lives next door to my sister, as she was out on a few of her own ‘weekend wanderings’ through some brightly colored leaves…




I know this post was a bit long, so thank you for taking the time and for letting me share with you some of the beautiful moments I had during my weekend wanderings.  I hope you experience some beautiful moments of your own today, and that you have a wonderful week ahead!



✿~Peace & Love~✿

Peace and Love 1


53 responses to “Weekend Wanderings

  1. Oh, my goodness!!! 🙂 I didn’t want it to end!!! 🙂 This was like an autumn fiest!! 🙂 I loved every single photo! 🙂 How utterly gorgeous!! 🙂 It was like visiting a magical land! Iove the colors! I love the landscapes! I love love love the little fairy door!! 🙂 and your daughter looks like a Fairy Princess, she is so beautiful and has such a gentle and warm aura 🙂
    and I love love loooooove the longness of this post!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Trini! I’m really glad you liked all the photos (and didn’t mind how long this post was), it truly was so wonderful being in those places and just soaking it all in, a real treat! Autumn = bliss. ❤
      I will pass along to my daughter what you say about her gentle, warm aura, she'll really like that, and it's true. She's a wonderful and beautiful person, inside and out! 🙂 Thanks again Trini, hope you're having a wonderful time in Singapore, I'm loving your poetry! ❤


  2. Annette Rochelle Aben

    beautiful photos! ❤ ❤ ❤


  3. Absolutely stunning displays of colour . . . and photographic skills too!

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  4. My eyes are in heaven from that feast of color! You have so many more colorful trees there. Our deciduous trees are just speckles of color amidst the evergreens. Your photos have made me decide that I must go east to experience the fall there. I’m glad you were able to get out to enjoy some of October’s glory.

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    • Mine were in heaven too, and still are ~ it’s a lovely morning here and I plan to get out there and enjoy more of it today! 😀 I love evergreen trees, I wish we had more of them here. I’d like to go even farther east, I think Vermont and Maine would be a dream to see in the fall! ❤

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  5. Oh my – these shots are glorious!


  6. Amazing pictures! Sometimes going with the flow is the best thing you can do.


  7. Absolutely beautiful photos!~
    cate b


  8. Awesome journey Julie. Your photos are a feast for the eyes. Your words really make your adventure come alive with your delight of nature, fall, your beautiful daughter and those heavenly smells of fall. Thanks for the virtual tour. 🙂


  9. Your autumn colours are so much better than anything that we experience here… and that looks two beautiful places to visit… and as I would of anything beautiful, I have to say you have a gorgeous daughter… I can understand the parks people wanting to keep you on the paths, but surely they can see you’re not a professional with all the paraphernalia that they carry along with them for such shoots… ?? were they not just being a little officious ??


    • Do you even have autumn in Africa? I always think of it as just being hot there all the time. 😉 I know what you mean, clearly she must have been able to tell that I was simply just a person enjoying the beautiful surroundings and casually snapping a photo of my lovely daughter in the moment of it all, and not some sort of professional photographer taking portraits. So yes, I’d say she was being a bit overly officious.


  10. Its so awesome to be with you on this path Julie! The camera somehow can’t capture all the beauty of the day … with the smells and the flitting light … but your post brings it all to life! Val x

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  11. Gorgeous photos! Nice to see William O’Brien State Park again. I used to live near there and one of my friends got engaged at that park 🙂


  12. Great job with the camera Julie. You always take great shots and have an artist eye for the lens. This is why fall is my favorite time of year. Thanks for sharing.


  13. Wonderful colors! Wonderful! 😀 I love the fall!

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  14. This was not too long at all! I have gone back several times to take in your gorgeous photos. Oh, you have captured autumn just beautifully!

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    • Thanks so much Loisajay! And I’m glad you didn’t think it was too long, it just felt like I was sharing so many more photos than I usually do, but I couldn’t help it! 😉


  15. Jan's bulletin board

    Wow, those colors! Beautiful pictures!


  16. Walking in a lovely place with good company seem alike heaven to me. Wonderful colours; fabulous pictures. (A ban on portrait photographs? The world has finally ton completely mad)

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  17. Possible mistake there


  18. Wow Jewels, what great photos. Especially that first one. It’s like waves of colorful trees. And your daughter looks so sweet. I’m jealous of her long, full hair.
    Unfortunately, we don’t get such vibrant autumn colors here in Brazil (at least in my part of Brazil). I guess we get a different type of beauty, plus all the sunshine and warm weather. So then I shouldn’t complain.
    Once again, lovely.

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  19. This looks like a master painting. Just beautiful.

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  20. So much beauty! Thanks for sharing!!!


  21. This is part of the fall colors,amazing!


  22. I really enjoyed going wandering with you Julie. The colours of autumn are so stunning and you’ve captured them beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing this. 🙂 🙂


  23. Some really beautiful shots here, what colours! Your writing really brings the senses alive. Thanks for sharing this, and I will practice ‘following the force’! Blessings, H xxx

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  25. How beautiful it is! We have all evergreen trees here, only introduced trees change colour like yours. It must be such a beautiful time of year your Fall!

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