#ThursdayDoors | Visiting A County Park On An Early Fall Afternoon

Today I’m joining Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton, so I can share door photos + a bit more.

I took these photos when we decided to stop at Miami Whitewater Forest, a Hamilton County Ohio park. The park is in southwest Ohio, close to the Indiana and Kentucky borders.

It covers over 4,000 hilly acres, features an 85-acre lake, and is named for a Shaker community that used to thrive in this area.

On the sunny day we visited the park we went for a look-see, moseying around, not intending to do anything in particular.  Here are a few photos of what we saw. 

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DOOR into ranger station office.

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Lake with docks as seen while sitting on bench on nearby hill.

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A small brown leaf… or is it?

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A butterfly that appeared where the brown leaf was!

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A deer doing its thing while standing in the scummy part of the lake.

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My pale scrawny Birkenstock-encased tootsies as seen by me whilst sitting quietly and watching deer doing its thing.

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DOOR, in the sense that a trash can flap is door-like, as seen on a trash can with a lovely lake scene behind it.

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Ally Bean

Observant. Humorous. Adaptable. Happy enough. Midwestern by chance. Kindhearted by choice. Usually.

69 thoughts on “#ThursdayDoors | Visiting A County Park On An Early Fall Afternoon”

  1. Gorgeous pictures, as usual. You have great perspective. So many beautiful places to visit. And nice toes! I would never post a picture of mine. They are terrible! Love that you are back.

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    1. Beth, thank you– about the pics and the toes! On a clear day in a huge park like this one I doubt anyone could snap a bad photo. I’m happy to be back to blogging, too. It’s something good to do with my time, ‘ya know?

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    1. Norm, this park was extremely relaxed. There were lots of people doing things, but somehow the overall feel of the place was mellow. And I got one legit door photo out of it, so what’s not to love!

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            1. I agree. This has been an awful summer in which [get this] I killed a pot of mint. NO ONE KILLS MINT, that’s the whole gripe against it that once is starts growing it never goes away. But I killed it.

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              1. I planted a row of lavender once along the sunny side of the house. They like hot and dry. I watered because you do that so they get a good start. Killed the whole row. However, you win. No one kills mint.

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              2. It has been wretched. Never-ending plants did.
                Finally a bright sunny brisk fall day this morning – low 80’s. hasn’t been this nice since early April.
                Catching that butterfly was amazing luck. The monarchs are passing through here now and I feel bad for them as there are fewer flowers than usual due to all the rain and heat.
                HA! you threw me at first with Miami -but then I remembered the tribes. Names of areas have so much history in them.
                Beautiful pictures. Hope the rest of fall is mellow and bright, too

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                1. philmouse, I cannot remember a worse summer for plants and outdoor activities. Nothing went right, that’s for sure. I was surprised by the leaf that turned into a butterfly. Nature is one clever dude– or dudette.

                  In the future I must remember that historical names around here have become so commonplace to me that I forget that to an outsider the name might seem peculiar. Clear communication is tricky.

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    1. Elen, thank you for your support regarding the door-ness of the flap on the trash can. Norm has seen this post and not called me out on it, so I think I’m good to go here. The butterfly surprised me. I had no idea they disguised themselves like that.

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    1. Dan, I thought I might be stretching things with that trash can flap, but from these comments I can see that I’m among kindred spirits here. Today the weather is finally turning cool, so no more sandals for me.

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  2. I love the blue door and the nature photos are just beautiful. You didn’t scare that butterfly away! I love that your toenails are not painted. Painted toenails give me the creeps for some reason. Thanks for taking us on your walk!

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    1. Janet, the blue door was stunning in real life. It was immediately visible, but blended into the building, too. I sometimes paint my toenails, but you got a non-creepy look at them here. Just for you, of course. 😉

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  3. What a beautiful area! How fun the butterfly appeared to your fancy (haha – they must be “sensitive”). It’s not your feet, but the Birkenstock – these are one of the most elegant I’ve seen. I can imagine these are more popular than in California’s fashionista minded-ness.
    Jesh

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    1. Junieper/Jesh, I was intrigued by the butterfly and am pleased that I got a pic of it. I’m a fan of Birkenstocks and I agree this particular pair is more stylish than other ones. What do my feet have to do with door photos– well, not a thing but who am I to let a good photo go to waste. 😉

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    1. Janis, I like how you think. The little bit that we saw of the park was pretty and inviting. I hope to go back and see some of the other areas, maybe see some trees doing their autumn color thing.

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    1. Margaret, I hadn’t thought of the meaning behind the butterfly, but that’s kind of what they’re known for, isn’t it? New beginnings and all that. The colors at the park were unusually intense on the day we went there. Me likey.

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  4. Cute. Like that blue door. Love the butterfly where the leaf used to be. Hardeharhar. Cute birks. And I can’t help but feel sorry for the trash can that it’s stuck with it’s back to the lovely lake behind it. You shoulda turned it around so it could enjoy the view. Also, WHY is it facing that way. Seems people would be walking on the path, and it would make more sense to face the walkers.

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    1. Betsy, I thought the blue door, while unexpected, was a perfect shade of blue that made the office door visible, but not ugly. I don’t know why that trash can was positioned like it was. I agree, it makes no sense, but there it was right in the middle of my photo op so I took the pic anyway. Go figure about that trash can, its life and its purpose.

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  5. Cool post! That butterfly surprised me, for sure. I have that same protective coloration. People see me and think, “Dumpy middle-aged hick.” After they know me, they think, “Dumpy middle-aged hick WITH ATTITUDE.” Thanks for the beautiful nature pictures. They were delightful.

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    1. marian, I adore your personal take on the butterfly. It made me smile at your self awareness– and your attitude, of course. Gotta enjoy nature and the what it brings to mind. Thanks for stopping by to comment.

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  6. Oh Ally, I love to mosey 🙂 I’m so glad you and your toesies went on a mosey! What a great day! Love the deer in the green muck. I feel like I went with you, if only for a moment. Thanks for sharing this.

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