The trails of Pinnacle Mountain were calling my name. Oh, not the trail that leads up the to the mountain peak which is over 1,000 feet of strenuous and rocky climbing, but the Arboretum trail which wanders through acres of plants and trees. It's still a little early here for fall colors, so most of the paths were covered in browns with the occasional scattering of reds and yellows under the maples.
My sister and I are doing a series of tree photos and we knew the Arboretum trail would give us a good variety of trees. We were not disappointed.
There was some color, but you had to look up, way up to see it. Walking and looking up don't go well together! I was thankful that the paths were smooth or I would have been stumbling all over the place. I'm not quite as stable as we used to be!
I know I'm rushing things, but it really should be fall weather here. We were in the 90's today which broke a record. This is just not right! We should be wearing jackets. We need a good frost and a good rain or our fall will be dull and brown.
One of the trails we followed led to the banks of the Little Maumelle River. There was some pretty fall color reflecting in the water.
We were amazed at the height of the trees. The tree tops were gorgeous with the sun shining through the leaves. My favorite was the Cyprus trees. Their needle-like leaves seem to glow in the sun.
It has been so dry here that the water in the river where the Cyprus grow is very low. The Cyprus knees, which help stabilize the massive trees and are normally in the water, were on dry land. These trees have been here a very long time, hopefully this drought will not cause any damage. I imagine they've seen drought years many times.
Although we didn't see a lot of fall colors, we did take a lot of pictures for our tree series and we did have a wonderful day of walking and sister talk.