A Walk In The Park On Sunday

Every Sunday, my husband and I go to church, have brunch at a nice restaurant, and take our dog, Henry, for a walk.


We live across the street from this path, which follows the river next to it (on the right hand side).

I’ve decided the colors are still beautiful because we had 80 degree temperatures right up until the end of October. Now, in conjunction with the photographs I took today, I am posting several haiku poems by Japan’s most famous poet, Basho. I hope you enjoy our walk through my eyes…

on a bare branch
a crow has settled
autumn dusk

departing autumn
with hands spread open
chestunut burs

though autumn winds blow
it is still green
the bur of the chestnut
a strange flower
for birds and butterflies
the autumn sky


Autumn nears
my heart is drawn
to a four-mat room

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34 thoughts on “A Walk In The Park On Sunday”

  1. I love Basho's haikus. They're beautiful. And so are your photos! What I wouldn't give to have a park like that across the street from my house! I need to move to Chicago ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Okay, wait a minute. You even know of Basho? I think YOU should be getting ready to host the Japanese Literature Challenge! I know next to nothing about Japanese authors; hence, my interest. I think you would like Chicago…I even like the freezing winters. I'm a four season girl, though, and I get awfully crabby in the humidity.

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  3. Lovely, lovely post! What a great path. And as you know, I live just down the block from a tree-lined path, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for posting such gorgeous pics. I didn't take any of our neighborhood this year.

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  4. Mrs. T, good question! Is it haiku, or haikus, for plural? I'll have to look that one up!Susan, you must miss Fall colors by living in Florida. Or, maybe not if you've lived there all your life. I know when I've visited there in the winter I actually miss the diamond snows of January here. But, I think I'm alone in that sentiment.Les, I keep expecting to walk into you on the path. ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm glad you can enjoy these pictures vicariously.

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  5. Oooh! Wouldn't that be a Twilight Zone moment. Hubby and I were out on the path between 4:45 and 5:15 tonight. We finished up on Sheridan Boulevard. How 'bout you?

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  6. Thank you for the nice fall photos. I am relieved to read (on your BLOG) that you are doing well with your medical tests.Your Sunday's sound better than ever! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Les, we were out between 2 and 3. Then, it got really cold and gray here. Not that I mind: perfect reading weather!Mark, I'm glad you're reading this silly thing. I'm not much of a photographer, not like some I know.

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  8. LOL…I took a class in Asian literature in college and before that, Megan got me into a lot of Japanese authors and poets and artists. Megan's a freak for anything and everything Japanese! Basho was one of her favorite poets ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. You sound like a great pair! What would she say is absolutely necessary to read if one was only going to choose three books? Do you think she'll join in the Challenge? You must miss each other an awful lot.

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  10. Yeah, it's rough being in two different states, but we've kind of adapted. It's always most difficult right after visits when we get used to waking up together for a few days. We'll be back in the same state soon though!I'll have to ask her what her top 3 are, but I can definitely tell you that her number 1 is going to be Yukio Mishima's Confessions of a Mask! I've never read it :/ But I'm reading it for this challenge. It's supposed to be an extremely autobiographical book, but Mishima denies it as the main character is gay. Mishima was gay too, but I don't think that was discovered until after his death. He killed himself in the traditional samurai way…very interesting man. Anyway, from what I understand the book is about a gay man trying to force himself to love a woman and it's supposed to be extremely introspective. He's a very respected author in Japan and this is considered by many to be his most powerful book in that it was really his confession if you think about it. It's just ashame he killed himself ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So that's Megan's favorite and I promised her I'd read it for the challenge!I'm reading another one by him too that's a more traditional love story called The Sound of Waves if that's more your thing. That one sounds beautiful! I'll ask her to recommend some more though!

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  11. Chris, I'll read that Confessions of a Mask, too. It sounds intriguing! I'm finishing Wonderful Fool, by Shusako, and it's awesome!! I am entirely caught up in it: a French man visits Toyko, and his spirit is so gentle and loving he is almost run over emotionally and physically by some tough people, but I think he's going to teach something powerful by the end.Kay, I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures. It was a spectacular day here in Illinois, but then again, I love Autumn (and Winter!). Where do you live?

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  12. I'm in central Texas. Some winters are very mild and we get very little cold weather. Some winters we just get a few sessions of real cold. Fall kind of comes to us overnight it seems and so our trees don't have the time to do the brilliant color. They just turn brown and then fall off. Ha!

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  13. We lived close to Central Park and enjoyed walks every Saturday! I, too, was taking leaf photos last week. They are incredibly beautiful right now in Santa Fe. Expecially the cottonwoods by the (dry) river.Glad you can relax a bit about health issues. Lovely photos especially on your page background with the fall colors.

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  14. Kay, leaves that turn brown and fall off is sort of like Charlie Brown going trick or treating and getting a rock. What a disappointment! I'm not very familiar with Texas' weather; the time I was there visiting a friend for Spring Break it hailed.3M, thanks for enjoying them.Mother Pie, Central Park is so gorgeous! I'd love to see some of your photographs. You're the first one to comment on the darker background. It's not that I love rust color, it's just suitable for November I think. Thank you for noticing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Beautiful! I so wish we lived near a path like that! Basho's haiku are a great accompaniment to the autumn colours. I was glad to see some yellows and reds when I was in Canada and now I'm waiting for the leaves to turn here. Another couple of weeks or so probably.Also glad to hear that you had such good test results. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Thanks, Tanabata. I hope your Fall is Japan is gorgeous. I'm excited about sharing more Japanese lit with you!Myutopia, the trees have really kept there color this year. I think because it's been so mild. Fall used to be my favorite season, but now I have to say it's Winter. I love the snow, the cripness, the white, the ice, and the ability to stay inside looking at it all while staying warm with cocoa. You can see what an exercise fanatic I am. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Wow! what a beautiful world you live in! I'm overwhelmed! …am sure just a day in a place like that would make me very very happy. You are blessed Bellezza!

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  18. Absolutely beautiful, Bellezza. It's wonderful that you have access to such a gorgeous walk…and I love that you have a routine like that every Sunday.I'm a bit jealous…in a good way. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. I love the routine, the pictures, and the Basho…Thanks for stopping by with the birthday wishes. I will start my Japanese literature challenge with the Barefoot Gen series. I have all of them, but have only read the first book (and that was a long time ago). I certainly hope you'll let me include them (since they are graphic novels).

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  20. Hey Bellezza! I just saw that Kate DiCamillo is going to be in the Chicago area hosting a Christmas Tea and books signing and thought you might be interested! I'm unfamiliar with the area, so I don't know how close Naperville is. Here's the info: Sunday, December 2, 2007, 2:00 pmHoliday-themed Tea hosted byAnderson's Bookstore offsite at theNaperville Holiday Inn1801 N. Naper BoulevardNaperville, IL 60563(Ticketed event: please contact Anderson's Bookstore at (630) 355-2665 for details.)

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  21. Booklogged, I think everyone needs a respite during the week; I hope you have something that gives you peace, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for enjoying the comments and haiku.Missy, I am humbled by your comment, that indeed I have the blessing of this neighborhood. It's easy to focus on troubles when they seem especially prevalent, but I never want to disregard beauty. Thanks for reminding me.Colleen, I'm a bit jealous of the way you write…in a good way! :)Ms. George, I'm so HAPPY you're going to join in the Japanese Literature Challenge!!! Of course, we'll count whatever you want to read. I should include manga in the choice of selections, because they are so popular and Japanese! I've never read any myself, but my son loves them, and it would be a good way to expand my knowledge.Chris, I am familiar with Anderson's. They often have fabulous authors come for lectures and signing. I remember when J.K. Rowling came there years ago. You know, before she was heard of. Thanks for the update, though, because I'd love to go and get some more books signed by Kate. I do have an autographed copy of The Tale of Despareaux, but she has a new book out called Great Joy which I want. I really appreciate you thinking of me, and notifying me of her visit.

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  22. I just picked up Great Joy! It's great…In fact I was on her website seeing if she was coming here anytime soon to see if I could get my copy signed when I noticed she was going to be in Chicago. Hope you get to make it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  23. Very beautiful. One of the best things about us having gone out and gotten a young dog is that I am walking him 2 to 3 times per day, regardless of the weather. By doing so I have seen and experienced more fall glory, shining stars, and intakes of cool fresh air in the last month than I have in years. It is wonderful.

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