Now that I live so close, I take a lot of hikes at Oak Mountain. As of now I have experienced all four seasons.  I experience so many different emotions when I walk below the trees.

Fall is my favorite.  Each  leaf is a different color and withdraws a different emotion from my heart and soul.  Last week as I was walking the different colors of leaves jumped out at me from the ground.  I couldn’t help  but pick them up.  I came home with a plethora of leaves and my children made fun of me all night.  I seem to make them laugh a lot and not because I am any kind of comedian.

Anyway, I was mesmerized by the colors and the details.  Each leaf had their own distinct design; just like a snow flake.  They also had a lot of flaws.  When  you see the colored leaves on the trees, you don’t notice the flaws.  It is when  you get up close that you see the blemishes.  It’s like us, isn’t it?  Underneath the bright clothes, makeup and smile are the flaws we try so hard to hide.

Back to the leaves.  To me, each type of Autumn leaf  emits an emotion.  The big  brown ones on the ground make me sad.  They tell me Summer is really gone. Next come the half and half leaves.You see in varying stages  the change evolving.  I kind of laugh  because they almost seem Bipolar, like me!!!  I also imagine when I see these leaves how they fought hard to keep their respective color before they fell to the ground.  They got so tired of fighting they gave up and fell.  Now, the full on bright colored leaf can only mean JOY!!!  They jump out at you as you walk through the woods.  There is one trail that had these neon yellow leaves.  It made me think of BJCC during basketball playoffs:)

Now, my favorite part is seeing the trees as a whole.  The landscape of trees emits a sort of peace deep down in my soul.  It is God’s mighty work at hand.  When I leave the park I see the trees reflecting on the lake.  It makes all my falls on my trail runs worthwhile.


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