Sketched Oct. 7, 2014
We were so spoiled by such a long summer that I’m dreading the fall even more than usual. It’s hard not to feel a bit melancholy with the shrinking daylight and grayer, mistier days.
To get in a better mindset, I took my sketchbook to the mecca of fall color that is the Bellevue Botanical Garden, where a welcome sign touts the location as ideal to “renew your spirit and delight your senses.”
In this beautiful landscape, I quickly forgot about being stuck in traffic.
A gardener said the full spectacle of fall colors may not happen for a couple of weeks yet, but I found early signs of change as I explored the meadows and trails leading to the garden’s centerpiece: a 150-foot suspension bridge with a sign that invites you to “take a walk on the wild side.”
I have a soft spot for sketching bridges, so even if the scene felt more summery than autumnal, I instantly knew I had come to the right place.
The Yao Garden is another part of the botanical gardens where I experienced a peaceful sketching moment. It is named after Bellevue’s sister city in Japan.