I'm loving the glorious colors of summer. I can't resist taking pictures of God's beautiful creations. Everywhere we go it's picture time. Flowers of every shape, texture and color. We've seen several botanical and estate gardens this year. I always have my camera ready!
I thought I would share a few of these beautiful sights with you today. I hope you enjoy.
"She said she usually cried at least once a day not because she was sad but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short"
This was taken at the Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada. Once a limestone rock quarry. One woman's vision of turning the unsightly quarry into a sunken garden came true. She was lowered into the quarry on a chair contraption by ropes. Hanging by the side of the quarry she would plant vines and greenery into the cracks in the rock wall. Her work definitely took root.A pond and fountain at the bottom of the quarry. There are several theme gardens with meandering paths to each.
I had to throw in one of our beautiful sunsets. Every night they are so colorful and lingering. The sun sets around ten.
The 2,100 acres of the Crane Estate on Castle Hill in Ipswich, MA. was the summer home of the Crane family, and playground for the rich and famous in the 1920's. Overlooking the rolling green lawn which ends at the rocky white sand beach and blue, blue ocean, you can imagine relaxing summer lawn parties and for moment imagine yourself in this private sanctuary under a summer sky. Picnics are always fun on the grounds. In the summer they have evening concerts. The Estate is open for tours certain times of the year.
Every garden needs a focal point. A sculpture or a piece of garden art that draws attention to the beautiful garden below. Maybe not this big. :) The World's Fair Space Needle in Seattle, Washington is such a piece of art. Among theaters and exhibit halls the 500 foot Needle soars above. The view at the top is spectacular with the sprawling city, the coastline and the water features and park below. During the World's Fair and many years afterward the glass dome was a fancy restaurant.
Bright hydrangea, peonies and petunia always bring a smile with their boisterous exuberance.
Through out the day their faces follow the sun as if to say, "Always keep your face towards the light." A good message for us all.
Have a Beautiful Day!