Monday, April 15, 2013

I like to be.....

Out in nature, among trees and flowers and bees,
Animals and birds that twitter to me,
And the buzzing bees always make my soul the brighter.
My spirit soars as though in flight on wings, and then
As if in love for the first time, my heart sings.

And the author of this poor prose?  Well, that's me!


And so, poor prose aside, I am truly at my most relaxed when I am out in nature, and yes my spirit soars.  I have always had a love of the outdoors, of wildlife and of nature.   Thankfully I married a wonderful man who feels the same way.   Gregg and I definitely are on the same playing field in that respect.  So, here we are at Meadowlark Gardens again.  When we are not able to explore further afield this is one of the places we come to often, and as I've mentioned it several times before since I started blogging, you can see other photos we've taken if you click on the Meadowlark label at the bottom of this post.  Husband may like sports and I may not - actually I do enjoy watching golf and that's about it I'm afraid - but when we go road-tripping near or far, we are kicking the ball around on that same playing field.


We were at Meadowlark Gardens on Saturday.  It was a glorious day and for the first time this year we had to search hard for a parking spot.  Even with all the people you still don't get that overcrowded feeling. At the side of the main entrance there is a large picnic area separate from the park, which had much activity.  There were several birthday parties and lots of small children running around with balloons tied to their wrists.  On the other side a wedding was being held at the Atrium.  I didn't see a bride today, though in times past we have seen bride and groom walking down a pathway being followed by professional wedding photographer and an entourage of guests.  We always enjoy people watching and here are a few 'people' photos.


This magnolia tree has attracted a small group. 


A relatively new mummy and daddy under the same magnolia tree.  Sweet!


This American Robin was getting some exercise, especially as he was being chased by.....


a little boy with a focused look on his face.  With all that running around I am sure that both boy and robin slept well that night.


People walking over bridges and.....


a romantic moment on another.  Sweet, and I'm a bit of a nosy-parker but only momentarily.


The Canada Goose was taking it all in of course.  There were plenty of them around and I even had one give me a hiss, but it was standing right in the middle of the pathway.  I apologized to Mr. and Mrs. Goose for disturbing their peaceful moment together, and I gently eased my way around.  

More photos of Meadowlark Gardens at another time.

33 comments:

  1. beautiful park area! the bridges are especially sweet.

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  2. my favorite place to be as well, my happy place!!

    gorgeous images and a beautiful picture of YOU. that's a good color on you!!

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  3. What a fabulous post, Denise.. You and Gregg are just like George and me.. We love being outdoors also. Spring --with all of the new growth is the perfect time to get outside... LOVE it...

    That photo of you is wonderful... I can tell how very happy you are.

    Great photos at the park...
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. yes nice piccie of you and very artistic on of Greg have you been watching the golf this last week? I dont follow it but it is pleasant to spend a while watching it. XXX Don

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  5. What fun photos, Denise. Seeing photos of you outside allows me to enjoy the moment vicariously with you. I love the photo of Gregg through the branches. I'm wondering what kind of leaves those are.

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  6. The magnolia tree is absolutely glorious! They remind me of England.
    Jane x

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  7. Your poem expresses my sentiments, too. What a wonderful springtime photo of you. I liked seeing all the greenery and blossoms. Very snowy and cold here in CO.

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  8. What a lovely post, and looks like spring! Xxx

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  9. Gorgeous place Denise I enjoyed it very much. Very artistic photo of Gregg in the trees, clever!
    Magnolias, now there's something I miss up here in the tropics.
    It's lovely to see parks being used by families and couples and maintained so beautifully.

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  10. What a gorgeous park Denise, serene and so peaceful.
    I liked your poem, and the picture of you smiling is precious, you look like you've got something up your sleeve !
    Gregg and you are a perfect couple, so much in common, and happy to share all the beauty of nature.
    What could be more perfect !
    ~Jo

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  11. How lovely. That park looks so serene and beautiful, a place for weary souls. Thanks, Denise.

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  12. I find your prose delightful. Wonderful shots. I love to be out in nature myself.

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  13. Denise, this is a beautiful park. I enjoyed your nature poem! The magnolia tree is gorgeous! Very pretty scenes and photos!

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  14. Lovely magnolia in your title spot...can't remember what that is called. It looks like a picture from this outing. All would be magnificent to see. Right now all I can see is more snow falling. Hope it buries the bulbs that didn't freeze last week when we had 3 degrees overnight. Perhaps I'll have a chance at some sort of color in May?!♥♫

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  15. What a lovely place, and the photos make me thankful spring is here.

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  16. HI Denise... Beautiful spot for everybody to enjoy!!
    I enjoyed seeing your photos of it!!
    Grace

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  17. OH, what lovely blossoms! (And people...)

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  18. the second I saw your pic I said to myself: "She looks lovely!"



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > < } } ( ° > <3

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  19. Beautiful shots, I could have taken a bite out of that pizza.

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  20. Beautiful pictures! Nice romantic atmosphere! I like the bird profile too.

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  21. Wonderful and so romantic photos Denise!!!
    It's a place full of love and peace!!!

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  22. What an enchanted spot. Thank you - and yes, I like to be outdoors myself. A lot.
    No dusting, vacuuming or ironing out there.

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  23. What wonderful photographs. The one of Gregg behind the foliage is fabulous. Looks like the perfect place for a visit... if only I were there!

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  24. Thanks for the nice visit to Meadowlark gardens. It looks a beautiful place to get your nature fix. Your photos are excellent. Adding people to photos makes them come alive.

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  25. Beautiful photos, fantastic place:) Greetings

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  26. I'm a people watcher too, Denise. This park looks like a perfect place for us Nos

    How wonderful that your husband also likes the out-of-doors!y-Parkers. :))

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  27. Looks like a great place! Nice blog post ;-)

    Sincerest greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  28. a lovely post about a lovely day out. :)

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  29. What a sweet post. You had me smiling the whole way through.

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  30. Wonderful post full of your love of nature. I liked your little poem at the beginning. Nature makes my heart sings as well! This looks like a wonderful place to visit and to bird when there are not so many people around! Thanks for commenting on my blog!

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  31. Wonderful pictures, Denise, of a beautiful day! I too love being out in nature so much! Having such a great place to go can be such a balm to the spirit!

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  32. Thank you all for visiting friends. Have a wonderful day!

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