If a single word could be used to describe the 2400-acre Shaw Nature Reserve 40 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis in Franklin County, it would be silence. When a soul craves contemplation or calm, it’s the silence that attracts. It’s not serenity I’m looking for, though, but rather a cure for restlessness.
I’ve been here before, and late November is a good time to visit. The temperatures are cool without being chilling; slithering creatures have crawled into their dens for the approaching winter; and the gray brownness of the trees and terrain guarantee few visitors, especially on a Monday.
The reserve opens around Pinetum Lake, and the scene, especially in autumn, could pass for a landscaped design in 18thcentury England, like at Blenheim Palace. All that’s missing is the Greek temple.
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Photograph: Pinetum Lake, Shaw Nature Reserve.