“By all these lovely tokens, September days are here. With Summer’s best of weather, and Autumns’s best of cheer.” hh jackson
Autumn is one of my most favorite times of the year and it is almost here. Autumnal Equinox is today, September 23, which is the first day of fall and the day where there are equal hours of daylight and darkness. Autumn in Tennessee is a photographer’s dream come true and I cannot wait for nature to paint the trees gold, orange, yellow and red!
September is the prelude to Autumn weather. It still has the summer feel with the temperatures in the low 80’s and the sun shining high above in the sky. But I have been able to feel a slightly cooler breeze and hear the crunching of the leaves beneath me as I walk in my backyard or take the dogs out for a stroll these past few days. Although fall weather is not here yet, it is right around the corner with today being the first day of Autumn.
This is a splendid time to get out and enjoy this somewhat cooler and less humid weather while you are still able to wear shorts, short sleeves and not have to pull your jacket out of the closet yet! I took advantage of this weather recently and wanted to share my day with you as I enjoyed the splendor in September !
One morning I headed to the Couchville Lake Loop which is part of Long Hunter State Park, close to Hermitage and just a few miles outside of Nashville. You can find directions at http://tnstateparks.com/parks/contact/long-hunter.
I like this trail because it is shaded almost the whole way, it is flat and paved, and there is a beautiful view of the lake most of the 2 mile loop.
Not only will you have a view of the serene lake as you make your way around it, but you will also see plenty of wildlife; turkey, deer, blue herons, turtles, squirrels and birds.
On the day I was was at the Couchville Lake Loop there were a few walkers, a few having a picnic, but no one was fishing from the pier…yet.
There are also several areas around the 110 acre lake where you can walk out a few feet and cast a line as well.
The path is also very informative for adults and kids alike having 44 trees labeled.
There are plenty of benches for resting and enjoying the scenery.
This is the time of year where you see nature at its best, so there will be a lot of beauty to take in on this walk.
Not only can you enjoy your walks, go fishing, sit and watch squirrels scamper or a blue heron eyeing their lunch as well as deer munching on grass, but Couchville Lake itself is to be enjoyed year round.
“You can rent jon boats and canoes during the summer months. The boat dock is open seasonally. Children age five and younger are not allowed in rented vessels. Paddles and vests are provided. All boaters are required to wear life jackets while on Couchville Lake. Gas motors, and personal watercraft, with the exception of canoes and kayaks, are not permitted on Couchville Lake. There is no launch ramp on Couchville Lake for private boats. Park Visitors may bring their own electric trolling motors for use on park row boats.”
So, pick a day and plan an outing to the Couchville Lake Loop. Take the family, take friends, take your kids, (don’t take your pets, they are not allowed on this path) or just take a couple of hours for yourself. As William Shakespeare said, ” One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
Although Autumn is officially here, there is still splendor in September!
For more information on the Couchville Lake Loop, check out this link at http://alltrails.com/trail/us/tennessee/couchville-lake-loop-trail
Until next time…
I hope you spend every day, living, learning, laughing and loving life…while focused on Nashville and the great state of Tennessee!My best to you,Terri
*All photos in my blog, ‘Focused On Nashville’ are images I have taken. I hope you like them!