Photo gallery A Walk in the Woods
“Come to the woods, for here is rest.” Naturalist John Muir could have been describing the UW Arboretum when his words were published in Atlantic Monthly in 1869, for he understood the restorative power of a walk in the woods. The arboretum’s 1,260 acres, located along the southern half of Madison’s Lake Wingra, serve as a restful place within a bustling city. Jeff Miller, the UW’s senior photographer, visited its woods on a recent autumn day and captured both living creatures and nature’s colorful last hurrah before winter arrives. Words by Cindy Foss.
The morning sun shines on to Arboretum Drive.
Oak trees tower overhead in Gallistel Woods.
Dappled sunlight shines upon tree bark in Gallistel Woods.
At left, an autumn-blaze maple tree lives up to the glory of its name in Longenecker Gardens.
A pair of hawks circle in the sky in search of unsuspecting prey in Wingra Woods.
The sun shines through yellowing maple tree leaves in Gallistel Woods.
A bird perches amid low-lying brush in Gallistel Woods.
A trailside bench marks a spot for visitor solitude in Gallistel Woods.
The star-rooted stump of a fallen tree prompts the question, "Did anyone hear it fall?"
Fungi and moss take root in the decay of a log lying amid fallen leaves in Gallistel Woods.
A shed turkey feather rests along on a trail in Wingra Woods.
The sun shines through the golden-hued theater of trees in Wingra Woods.