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.
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.
17 thoughts on “Weekly photo challenge: Fall”
If you think this is squishy- squashy- stinky, come to Miami when bazillions of land crabs cover the roads and everything else during the whatever you call it season
Oooo. Yuck. Thanks for sharing that image with me, Carl.
Just in time for breakfast !
Enjoyed the fall walk, thanks for sharing.
Beautiful! So happy to join you and Arthur on a walk — and love the tree photos!
Thanks for taking us on your walk. Loved the first pic!
I miss Fall. The part of Texas I live in has no fall. It was 101 yesterday. Ahh….feel that crisp fall air….. 🙂
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..
Nice shots, particularly the last one. I really like the sun backlighting the leaves.
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.
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.
Very nice, relaxing post/walk with pretty pictures!
Love the Gingko tree and their beautiful leaves. I haven’t smelled the fruit, I guess I should be thankful.
I have a difficult time even referring to it as fruit.
I love all of these photos. We aren’t really feeling fall quite yet here in Prescott AZ but it’s on its way!
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.
I love this entry Christine 🙂