Thursday’s Special: Fall

I am joining Paula’s Thursday Special weekly challenge with the theme of fall.

Yesterday, my hubby and I had a meeting to go to in Wheaton, a western suburb of Chicago, so beforehand we decided to take a walk at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton. The forest preserve is part of the county’s larger forest preserve system with hiking/biking trails. 20171018_113720.jpg

Danada Equestrian Center offers lessons, camps, group tours and recreation year round. In the fall, they offer horse-drawn hayrides.



Partial view of the horse farm


Danada House courtyard, with fountain and fall colors.
From this view, you can see the barn in the distance.



Danada House is a facility of the DuPage County Forest Preserve and outside is a beautiful venue popular for weddings. In fact, a couple of our friends got married there three years ago, also in October, so some of the pictures in this post were taken in 2014, which had a much more colorful autumn than this year.

Cat tails tinged with morning sunlight.
Fall grasses

Brilliant colors of fall - maple tree near the wedding site

In 2015, this topiary was added to commemorate Debonair, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby that year. A plaque tells us that Debonair was raised at Danada.


It was such a beautiful day yesterday for a walk in the woods!


We came to a map that showed the trails that go through the property. One led to Herrick Lake, and another led to Rice Lake. We decided to walk toward Rice Lake, a shorter walk and we didn’t want to get lost!20171018_120113_001


If we had continued walking, we would have reached the end of the trail, arriving at a major street. Instead, we turned around and headed back.Close up of beautiful oak leaves


The site is open year round. To find out more about Danada, go to their web site here.


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