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Boyce ThompsonGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 09 2020
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Hiking1.53 Miles 154 AEG
Hiking1.53 Miles   1 Hour   5 Mns   1.48 mph
154 ft AEG      3 Mns Break
 
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After a wonderful hike in Arnett Canyon and lunch and a nap in Tonto 3, this was the next best place to be as autumn colors had Fallen on the trees of the Arboretum. The main showpiece of the Demonstration Garden was on fire; well not on fire but the leaves looked like a fire :FG: . The tree has grown so much since I first started coming out here over twenty years ago.

I did a little redux of part of the west Wallace Garden as I thot it looped into the Demonstration Garden but it didn't. However, I passed this one tree called a Bitter Condolia (Snakewood) that was filled with bees and smelled incredible. There is another Snakewood tree on the other side too. I filmed to get the sound of the bees but the phone didn't pick up the sound like my regular camera would have.

I headed for the Demonstration Garden as I made my way back to the picnic area. I went under the canopy of the showpiece Chinese Pistache (Pistachio) where the sun was backlighting it making it much prettier from this angle. It was funny, this little girl with a family said she got to see her first cowboy as she was looking at me. Her mom corrected her and said "cowgirl". I was wearing my Connor hat and I thot how odd I must look with the mask on too :lol: .

Anyway, I made my way through the picnic area that also has several trees displaying their fall colors. As I was getting close to the sheep shack/corral a HUGE tree that was just showing its fall color caught my attention. I would catch that on the way back as now I crossed the Benson bridge (he happens to be our client) thru a small part of the Aussie section, the palm section, a small African section and then thru the pomegranate-lined lane to the Chinese Pistachio tree area that was absolutely stunning. I spent most of my time here but also went down to the bridge where there are some trees that are also turning. They've gotten so big they are hard to photograph now.

I headed back and got under the huge canopy of that one tree I saw before and then I passed thru the Aussie Pavilion and back up thru the entrance to the Garden. There were maybe two dozen people in the garden while I was there. I'm surprised by this even though they do require mask wearing at the Arboretum.

I guess the main observation I have is some of the specimen trees have gotten so big it's hard to get good pictures. And with some of the other stuff they have around the trees, you can't get the photos we used to be able to shoot several years ago. But then again, the trees are really there to view, photos are optional.

I broke the videos into two, the colors just kept drawing me in and so I took more video. Interesting thing I found with the phone camera is when I was panning and such, my phone would be ahead of the shot and then the camera would catch up with it; I'm guessing because of the stabilization feature. Anyway, it was interesting to watch it transpire on my phone's screen.

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