The Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, Boston, is an explosion of color in May and June.
It is a living museum with collections of trees, bushes, shrubs and roses from all over the world.
As you stroll along the paths, be surprised by the vistas around each corner.
Origami Dragonfly 6.26.2017
Listen to the cacophony of birds especially in the early morning.
Be encircled by iridescent dragonflies darting in and out of the marshy areas.
Enjoy the fresh, crisp air.
Sit on a bench. Relax and absorb the magnificent landscape.
Announcer calls the 6:20 am Newburyport on track two. Eight of us stumble to the train. Damn, it’s cold and with the rain, raw. We all don hats, scarfs, gloves and coats.
Lucky if it crawls to the upper 30s. Never trust the forecasters.
Half asleep nods at recognition as we claim vinyl seats with dripping umbrellas.
Great rumbles, clacks and screeches on the old tracks.
It’s still dark out.
Through dirty windows are leafless trees and telephone pole silhouettes. Half hour passes to reach Salem, a few exit, two board.
Thin rays of sunshine slice the landscape. Thirty more minutes. Break in the light.
We approach Ipswich. I disembark and watch the train disappear. It’s going to be a bear of a morning.