Changing of the seasons at the Japan House Pond

One of my favorite spots in the Champaign-Urbana area is the pond adjacent to Japan House at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The curving lines of the pond’s shoreline provide a wonderful sense of movement and the varieties of trees and shrubs that surround the pond provide full-season interest. I often sit on the peninsula that juts into the middle of the pond and wish I could visit every day to see the subtle changes of the seasons.

In the spring, the red buds of the maples are the first to emerge. Soon after, the white blossoms of the hawthorns and cherries in the foreground burst out.

April 1, 2010

In autumn, summer’s dense green explodes into a palette of yellow, orange and red.

October 11, 2010

When winter’s white blanket covers our region, the trees provide a natural canvas for frost to work its beauty.

December 19, 2010

In 2011, one of my goals is to visit this spot at least twice a month to create a photographic journal of the changes in the landscape, discovering the details of the flora and fauna of this little slice of the University of Illinois Arboretum.

Published by Christopher Tidrick

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  1. it is just lovely both summer and winter!



  2. Chris,
    I like projects like the one you're starting. It makes for interesting picture stories. It's also fun to look back and see how your stated goals from last year have panned out and see their progress. Sue



  3. All pictures are great.. same place looks totally different in different seasons.. funny..Yet interesting..
    You are definitely a good nature watcher..great kiddo..



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