14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Autumn At Elizabeth Park In Trenton, Michigan
My favorite season of all is Autumn. I live in the South-Eastern part of State Michigan, and here we have all four seasons. Each season lasts about 3 months. The Autumn sun's rays feel good on your skin, making the sun feel closer to the Earth than it really is. Autumn's chill can come fast too, making you want your winter jacket. Leaves start turning from green to yellow. Then slowly yellow turns to orange. Finally orange blends together with red. Apple-cider orchards are open for business too. And by the end of October we usually get our first frost. In the mornings there is dew or even a light frost on the grass. By November all of the leaves have died and fallen to the ground. This picture was taken last autumn at Elizabeth Park in Trenton, Michigan with my CANNON SURE SHOT CAMERA WITH 105 ZOOM LENS AND 35 MM FILM. The park is marvelous, especially when the trees all turn to autumn colors. Elizabeth park is a big circle. A small two-lane road starts at the front of the park and runs counter-clockwise around the large circular center of the park. When the road gets all the way around the park it actually meets right back where it started, like a big circle. The large center of the park covers many acres. There are about twelve-thousand trees growing in the center of the park. And there's about another twelve-thousand growing along the smaller doughnut shaped outer edge of the park. Within the trees there are several swing sets, slides, and play areas for the kids. There's a boat dock and marina, ponies for the kids to ride, and even a stable for the ponies. Also there's access for the handicapped to be able to get down to the bottom of a paved ramp at the water's edge. it's very nice down by the River. There are public restrooms near this area, and there is a concession stand near by too. There are old-fashioned city style street lamps that line the waters edge at night. There are also swans and geese that live on the canal that curves half-way around the park. I grew up playing in Elizabeth Park. It is still special to me 40 years later.
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