Take Time to Enjoy Fall Colors

Yellowing leaves surround cottonwood trunk

Yellowing leaves surround this cottonwood trunk along the riverine corridor in Farmington, New Mexico

With fall colors beautifying the landscape, some people drive through mountains, where spectacular bursts of color cloak many trees. For people who can’t or don’t want to travel, there are easier ways to see the changing colors.

Yesterday, I took a walk along the riverine corridor through part of Farmington, New Mexico, where I live. Its pathways skirt the Animas River, where leaves of trees, many of them cottonwoods, are starting to turn yellow.

The walk not only provides good exercise, but it allows people to enjoy the quiet sound of water flowing gently down the river. Water laps against the shore, making splashing sounds. Ducks and other birds float along the river. They dip their bills underwater to find tasty morsels of food.

It’s a great place to walk together as a family. You can enjoy each other’s company as you take in the beautiful sights, sounds and colors of nature.

You may not live in a community that has a riverine corridor with pathways and benches for resting along the way. But there are other safe places you can find to walk with your friends or family. If you’re not sure where to go, ask people you know where they like to go.

You may discover some great places to explore. Be sure to take your camera. You will want to snap pictures to remind yourself of the beautiful places you saw. And you may want to send them to friends so they can enjoy the scenery as well.

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