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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Embracing a change of season at Bellevue Botanical Garden

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Sketched Oct. 7, 2014

Gabi_1010_bel_Garden_01We 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.

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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.

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