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.

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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.

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

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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

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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

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

 

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