Friday, April 15, 2011

Near the gazebo

Taking a break from blogging this weekend. We have company coming.

We always head for the gazebo on Lake Caroline at Meadowlark Gardens. It's a great place to view the koi, and today there were a couple of turtles.

This very handsome weather vane is on the roof and Gregg likes the caps on the posts. He took both these shots. The caps look like a burnished copper.

Some of the koi are large, at least two feet.

I found the patterns in the water fascinating. The photo below hasn't been tampered with, it is how it came out.

You can buy fish food for $1 at the visitors center and the koi seem to circle the gazebo when people are around. There are often children with parents and they always seem to be having a lot of fun. There is an actual children's garden on the other side of the hill.

The turtles are also looking for food.

26 comments:

JJ said...

Another interesting and beautifully illustrated post Denise.
Sorry I've been absent - struggling with my depression at the moment.
JJ

Kay said...

Two feet? Wow! That is absolutely huge. Fabulous photos, Denise! I'm so glad you're having a wonderful spring.

gigihawaii said...

Lovely pics! I hope you have a great time with your weekend guests.

Valerie said...

Great pictures, Denise. It looks like a lovely place to visit, I especially would enjoy seeing the fish.

i beati said...

could that gazebo shot be more beauteous??

jabblog said...

The koi are lovely - quite fascinating (and sometimes exceedingly expensive!!)
The patterns on the water are beautiful - a really serendipitous shot.
Enjoy your weekend:-)

Janet said...

What a fantastic place- and great photographs, hope you have a fantastic weekend !

Mama-Bug said...

What a wonderful place to visit. Hope you enjoy your weekend.

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely photos and sharing. Your reflection is real nice.

Margaret Cloud said...

Liked the pictures, always like nature pictures. This was also very interesting. Have a nice weekend and thanks for coming by.

Mary said...

What a wonderful spot and what glorious photos. I must admit the turtle is my favorite. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

Lui said...

Hi Denise!
I am updating and I enjoyed your goose caper, the cherry blossoms, and your wonderful photographs and words.

I am missing TF and Luiz seem to be having problems. I hope it blooms again.

Have a great weekend!

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

Sounds wonderful. I'm in Washington DC and behind in reading blogs. Hope you have (or had) a great and wonderful time where you are going. I just wish that I were going there, too. :)

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos, Denise. Those Koi are BIG. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Cloudia said...

very nice shots.

see you when you return :-)





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diane b said...

Great shots of the fish and turtles under the water. The water patterns are cool. Those trees look gorgeous next to the gazebo. Have a fun weekend with friends.

Sandy's witterings said...

That looks a delightful looking place. I once heard that goldfish grow to suit the size of the bowl so if the carp are living in a lake you should get a few stonking ones.

Kay said...

I'm back again! I just had to tell you your header is spectacular! Wow!

√ Honest Abe said...

We all need a break after a winder like we just had.

BJ Roan said...

Beautiful place! I love the coloring on the first Koi and the pattern on the water. Happy Saturday and enjoy your time away.

Betsy said...

How beautiful! I just love that first photo!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

What a tranquil looking locale --love the photos.

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Denise,
I love all pictures, mainly the cute turtles! ;)
And your header is awesome!
hugs and a nice week ahead
Léia

Linnea said...

So beautiful. I especially love that first scene. Enjoy your company.

Jean said...

Hope you are having a great weekend. Love the photos of the Koi.

Janie said...

What a great location for a gazebo. Looks like a great place for bird, fish, and turtle watching!