Weekly photo challenge: Fall

The brown, dry, and curled oak leaves gathered in the space between the sidewalk and grass form an autumn border of sound as my feet at times kick through.

Arthur leads with his enthusiasm keeping our pace brisk. It’s of no matter to me. The destination is not important. Our walk is determined by time not distance.

The blue dome of the U.D. chapel beckons from a distance, but it is too far to reach today.

We pass the Meyer-Boehmer and Reis Funeral Home on the left. The tall ornamental grass is dry and brittle in the yard by the lot where I passed with posters for Annie, two years ago now.

My fall pants and long shirt are too warm for a brisk walk on this day. The shade from the trees that line the walk ahead is inviting.

Holy Angels church looms across the street with its milestone memories of a wedding, a funeral, and the last time we took Dad to mass.

My gaze falls to the sidewalk and I see the remnants of smashed cherry-sized, light peach colored fruits that have fallen from the tree. It’s a stink-bomb tree, I think and memories of my childhood days when we passed beneath the stink-bomb tree on our walk to South Street school flood my mind.  I hear again our cries of disgust as we tread through the fallen fruits, our  shoes squashing, sometimes slipping, the odor making us gag.

Ginko fruit
A smashed fruit from a ginko tree.

The ginko trees have a pretty fan-shaped leaf that turns a bright and stunning yellow in the fall. Only the female trees produce the smelly fruit. I turn and walk back through the cool shade they provide.

Leaves of a ginko tree

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Author: CMSmith

I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, photography, genealogy and travel. I have opinions about many things, but am trying to age gracefully and not continually tick people off with them. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

17 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: Fall”

  1. Loved taking in the walk with you Christine.. and I loved the photo’s.. now I have never seen either a Ginko Tree or Fruit although I have taken the supliment Ginko-Biloba….. The leaves here in UK are getting their wonderful colours, And we are experiencing an Indian Summer here at the moment with temps’ 28deg C Very unusual this time of year.

    Oh and …. I shine all the more since your visit 🙂 Many thanks..

  2. I’ve never seen a ginkgo tree, but I remember my high school biology teacher telling us about her experience with them and the odor on/near her college campus. The leaves are so pretty. Enjoyed the walk with you and Arthur.

  3. Thanks, everybody, for letting me know you stopped by. If you ever experienced tromping though fallen, smashed, slippery Ginko fruit, you wouldn’t forget.

    The leaves are beautiful and unique, quite possibly my favorite.

    1. Do you have trees with leaves that change color there? I was in Sedona once, and although there was a lot of desert, I think I remember a lot of trees, too.

      Our trees are just in the very early stages of change here.

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