Fall in Southern Oregon, Part One: Lithia Park

Along Winburn Way near the bandshell. At the top of this post: bigleaf maple leaf on the bottom of Ashland Creek.

I’ve neglected this blog for several weeks while I completed a novel. Melody and I have not neglected our outings, however. This is the first of three blog posts designed to catch you up, to be published over the next three days.


The subject this time is Ashland (Oregon)’s Lithia Park, which we visited on October 14, seeking fall color. Oregon’s forest trees are largely conifers, which don’t change color, so the seasonal color changes here are mostly found in street trees and city parks. Lithia Park is among the best of these, here or anywhere else: it was named one of America’s ten best public spaces by the American Planning Association in 2014. Its 93 acres, with landscaping designed by John McLaren – who also designed Golden Gate Park in San Francisco – offer delights any time of year, but particularly when the leaves are changing. The park is only 15 miles from our home, which barely makes a dent in the Bolt’s capacities, so you’ll find no electric-car stories here: just pictures. Enjoy this small bit of autumn in southern Oregon.

Wading pool in Ashland Creek, by the playground.
Upper duck pond.
Alders along Ashland Creek.
Reflections in the upper duck pond.
In the Japanese Garden.

Tomorrow we’ll look at some of our area’s natural fall color, along the upper Rogue River in the Cascade Mountains.