A Fall Day at the Arboretum

Thursday, Nov. 12th, Qin and I took a much needed morning and afternoon to stroll lazily through the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. We did strictly observe, of course, all necessary COVID-19 protocols for health and safety, not just for ourselves, but for all other park guests as well. It was tricky sometimes to keep 6-8 feet away on a few narrow bridges and pathways, but we did the best we could. Yes, there were a couple of occasions where other park guests were oblivious to how exactly 6-feet measures out—they seemed to ridiculously think it was 2-3 feet—and two park workers who thought it was 1-2 feet and supposedly no mask was required for one grounds-keeper. Hence, due to continued negligence by others our visit was not entirely tranquil nor altogether safe.

Arboretum Main Entrance in Spring time 2004

If the park wants to stay open for reasons of profit and revenues, then its authorities really must employ a regiment of security-like roaming guards monitoring guests’ compliance to safety measures. I am also quiet sure the 66-acre park (0.267 sq. km) allowed too many paying guests inside. This was hugely disappointing and shocking. I guess it doesn’t matter because over 73.6 million Americans voted Nov. 3rd for an incumbent of sheer ignorance, sheer denial, and subhuman wanting more and more needless deaths. But enough talk about our out-of-control pandemic and suffering; unimportant right? 😟 Let’s move on to the beauty and splendor of our planet and these botanical gardens shall we.

Qin and I brought along a cooler of Fuji apple slices and fresh-cut pineapple wedges for a noonday snack. Qin toted her thermos of freshly boiled (sterilized) water—a lifelong habit she formed when growing up and living in China. Not that she needs to do it in Dallas, but it’s a habit of comfort for her. I don’t mind. I find it exceedingly safe and charming. 😋

When we reached our designated parking lot and Gate-number, showed our prearranged, electronic time-slot admission receipt, we began the morning stroll and tour of this award-winning Arboretum. It would be a 4-hour respite from 12-days of self-appointed “Stay Home” orders, not to mention for the sake of our mental well-being on top of 10-months plus COVID-19 fatigue. We began at the organic restaurant A Tasteful Place, The Edible Verdant and Scenic Overlook (see below).

As we wound our way out and to the three nearby large lawns and beds of the Jonsson Color Gardens, a challenge was made. We both agreed to have a photo competition: Who could capture on our phones the best images and videos of our Arboretum Day. We wanted you readers to vote on the five images you like most. But before I get to those photos, I created a 6-minute video highlight of our day:

Making our way to the second lawn and bed Qin takes a cozy sit next to William Shakespeare on his bronze writing bench, “你好,威利。” (Nǐ hǎo, wēi lì. or Hello Willy). With a stiff grin and the usual iambic pentameter Willy answers:

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruin’d choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

William Shakespeare – Sonnet 73

Ladies and Gents, time for the contest and collection of images we captured. Now here’s the rub. We have a total of 29 images. Obviously, I could not put each photo into the post-content; your loading time for the page probably would’ve lasted a snail’s pace 5-7 minutes depending on your connection, right? I did not want to torture you all. 😉 If I had tortured you that way, then you could’ve just clicked on a “Thumbs up” button “👍” on each photo to vote on your favorite five images. That would’ve been most convenient for voting, I know. But I had to make a choice: A) torture all of you with a slow page-loading time, or B) fast page-load, jot down your favorite five photos, and put them in your comment at the bottom. I went with the latter. I hope you agree with my decision.

Therefore, as you are going through the images below, at the bottom-left is the photo number, e.g. #1, #9, and so on. Make a note of the number, collect your FIVE (5) favorites, and leave a comment at the bottom with your selections. After a few weeks, with your help, we’ll see who wins the photo challenge, Qin or me, the Professor. At that time I’ll post and reply to all you wonderful participants as to who won the Fall Day at the Arboretum Contest. Good? Good. Thank you for your understanding! Now, off you go with your votes please!

Live Well — Love Much — Laugh Often — Learn Always — Wear A Mask!

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16 thoughts on “A Fall Day at the Arboretum

  1. Very cool shots! Lucky you being able to get away and enjoy such natural beauty.

    Here’s my picks: 9, 10, 15, 21, 25.

    P.S. Do I get a prize if I pick more of yours than hers? 😄

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    • Thank you so much Nan! This little competition makes that whole day that much more wonderful! 😉 It was a very nice getaway, despite those times we had to make EXTRA efforts to avoid people invading our 6-8 ft radius! 🤦‍♂️ We did pretty well all things considered.

      P.S. Well, since Qin is still here—right now glaring over my shoulder 😬🤭—for the sake of my life and/or body parts, I should plead the 5th, huh? Lol

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    • Nan, I’ve recently noticed that Robert (The Secular Jurist) hasn’t posted anything since Sept. 19, 2020 and I haven’t seen any comments Robert has made for some time now. Have you heard anything as to his whereabouts, what’s happened, etc.? 🙁


  2. Hitler also never had a majority of voters behind him in the last democratic election of the 1930s (only around 40 % of the Germans voted for the Nazi Party). A disturbing historical parallel, being quite often forgotten. All the best from Berlin!

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    • Those 1930’s in Germany were/are very disturbing ST and quite scary that almost 73-million Americans voted for repeating history! 😟

      Thank you for your feedback ST. Be very safe there in Berlin with the 2nd European COVID-19 wave. And be overly grateful you are not HERE in the USA with our overwhelming hospitalizations, beds, and staff, skyrocketing infections… over 100,000 per day, and continued widespread DENIALS—from the White House down through Republican ranks—that Coronavirus is very real and lethal! 😬🤦‍♂️

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      • Just to add, since March 2020 going to nature is mostly our dominant pleasure, now restaurants, hotels, museums, cinemas, etc. are closed again. Christmas markets mostly cancelled, and even the usual fireworks for the New Year jeopardized (sic!). Happy life far away also here but at least government and most of the people try to manage this pandemic in a reasonable way. It will dramatically change our way of living in any case!


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