dallas arboretum and botanical gardens

Autumn at the Arboretum

Imagine perfect autumnal weather—cool and crisp, with just enough sunshine to bring out the orange of a thousand pumpkins either tucked among bales of hay or affixed to delightfully imaginative playhouses. That was the scene the day my sweet friends invited me to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens this last week, prompting me to gleefully dive into my closet to find my box of flannel shirts, transforming myself once more into the awkward lumberjack I become anytime I wear plaid.

After a week of relentless, chilled rain and the resulting case of severe cabin fever, this was the kind of morning I’d been dreaming of.

I took my camera just for fun, and savored a little creative outlet. As an editorial photo editor and photographer, I never alter the grading of images beyond what the scene looked look like in reality. I’m learning, however, that for creative images, it’s ok to make the photos look more like the way I felt that day—which, in this case, was cozy and light.

So, if you’re in Dallas before November 21 and like pumpkins, definitely check it out: https://www.dallasarboretum.org/visit/seasonal-festivals-events/autumn-at-the-arboretum