Cape Gazette

Japanese architecture and glowing ginko trees

By Dennis Forney | Nov 20, 2013
Contractor Philip Bradley is finishing up this Japanese-style house in North Shores.  The breakaway walls at the ground level are stained bamboo.  The house and property, according to a streetside sign, go by the name Kitsu.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 - A warm day in mid-November. A fine bicycle ride down the Junction and Breakwater Trail to Rehoboth Beach and Gordons Pond.  I wanted to see what kind of progress is being made on the new linking trail between Gordons Pond and Herring Point. For me the trails never grow old.  How can they?  The weather changes and the seasons too.  On Sunday morning, fog and sunlight mixed for beautiful scenes. Fields and woods, boardwalk and lakes, gazebos and fall foliage.  And next spring, the connecting trail will be complete.

From my house on School Lane in Lewes - I also ride on School Lane in Rehoboth before crossing the Silver Lake footbridge - the round trip to Gordons Pond and back was just shy of 23 miles.  Two hours and high on endorphins when I put my bicycle back in the pasture.

Jennifer told me about a house featuring Japanese architecture nearing completion in North Shores so I checked that out on the way too.

Lots of people out enjoying the day.  Here are some photos. There's always something going on.

The leaves of ginko trees turn a glowing yellow in the late fall.  This specimen tree is located along Lake Drive north of Silver Lake in Rehoboth.
Ginkos have a distinctively shaped leaf.  Here's a cluster of them in close-up mode so you can get a better look.
A heron provides a finial touch to this gazebo along foggy Silver Lake.
This sign at Gordons Pond explains the work being done to connect the Gordons Pond Parking - by biking and walking trail - to the Herring Point parking lot and system of trails in the northern end of Cape Henlopen State Park.
Just beyond the Gordons Pond observation tower, contractors have hardened the extension trail with large stones.  Finer gravel will be overlaid on the stones to create a smooth final surface similar to the trail that leads to the observation tower from the Gordons Pond parking lot.
This close-up shot shows the size of the stones on the first layer of the trail and the heavy fabric beneath it all to provide a base for the stones.
Fog and sunlight danced Sunday morning to create interesting views of Gordons Pond. I cropped this next photograph top and bottom to try to capture the horizontal elegance of the fog, the water and the trees.
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