Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #117: A Photo Walk

Waterfalls and koi pond, UT gardens

Usually if I take pictures of flowers in the UT Gardens in Knoxville, Tennessee, it’s during spring when redbuds and dogwoods and tulips burst forth. But since Amy has given us this challenge — A Photo Walk — in the fall, let’s see what the gardens have to offer.

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

It begins with the UT Color Garden — all in autumn tones — leading me down a path bordered with mighty color, showing off before winter.

A patchwork quilt of sorts emerges as individual flowers vie for attention.

In the heart of the gardens, an old truck faces the almost-blinding morning sun, but cares little. After all, you can stand anything surrounded by grasses and leaves and blooms reaching skyward.

A seat would be nice. Perhaps in the vegetable garden?

Or maybe I should push on ’til I reach the furthest boundary — a great vantage point from which to say good-bye.

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

If you’d like to contribute to this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #117: A Photo Walk, just post your pictures, link them to Amy’s original post, and use the Lens-Artists tag so you can be found!

And then . . . go for a walk. It’s fall ya’ll!


24 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #117: A Photo Walk

  1. gallivance.net

    Rusha, if there’s one silver lining to the Pandemic it’s getting people out of their houses and back into public parks and gardens for some sun and socializing. Henry Clay’s Historic home Ashland covers a large city block at the end of our street, and since the quarantine started it has been a veritable bee hive of activity, old and young alike. Bravo for you and the UT Color garden. ~James

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      I’d love to see Ashland — sounds fascinating. But then again, I’m a sucker for historic homes, gardens, and antiques used in new ways. So far, we’ve mostly done outside touring; in fact, not much is available inside yet. I do have quarantine fatigue, so gardens, battlefields, and harbors get my attention now!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      It’s pretty cool that they would opt for something rusty and weathered as opposed to something flowery and artsy, although there is both in this garden. The truck, though, is a favorite with many people.

  2. pattimoed

    A beautiful walk, Rusha in a place I’ve never been. The flowers are lovely. My favorite image is the rusting truck. I love the contrast. I’d like to visit these gardens. Lovely!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      They used to be trial gardens to test new varieties of flowers. But now, the UT Gardens show off so much more. It’s a great resource for those of us who live in Knoxville — or for visitors on game days! Thanks for taking a look.

  3. Tina Schell

    Hi Rusha – well support has helped me to figure out why I was unable to comment directly altho I still can’t comment at the reader (still working on it). Loved your post which reminded me how much I used to love autumn in the northeast. still waiting for our beautiful purple sweetgrass to bloom altho I saw a few strands of it for the first time this morning. I do really love the crisp sunny days of autumn1

  4. Amy

    Such a beautiful gallery of autumn flowers. I love the image of the old truck facing the morning sun especially.
    Thank you for this enjoyable photo walk, Rusha. 🙂

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      Thanks! I participate in the photo challenge each week. It sort of stops the flow of what I’m working on, but I like the four ladies who do the challenge very much. It’s fun doing both! Appreciate your comments.

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