What’s Blooming at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

This past weekend I attended Blue Poppy Day, held each May, at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, Federal Way, WA. Needless to say, the garden was exploding with color. In my zealousness, I took over 200 photos. I obviously can’t post them all, but I will try to show as much variation and color as possible. Obviously, the crowned jewels of the garden are the rhododendron species, but there are many companion plants as well, including the prized Blue Poppy. So, have a seat and enjoy!

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A Bit of Iris Bloom

I look forward to each spring, watching and waiting for the Irises to bloom. It’s peak bloom time now. Here are a few images I snapped recently in my local garden park.



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The Beautiful Met Cloisters of NYC

Oh, the treasures you will see! Indeed, the Met Cloisters is a feast for the eyes and soul! Located on the northern tip of Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River, in Fort Tryon Park, the museum is dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Some of the patio gardens are dedicated to the cultivation of cooking herbs and medicinal herbs used during that period. Treasures of silver abound, such as the chalices pictured below. Out of respect for the museum, it is the only treasure image I will post. Also exhibited in the museum are wall tapestries that are magnificent beyond belief. As I looked upon them, I could only image how long it took to weave one! Included are the famous Unicorn Tapestries. As one enters the domain you immediately feel yourself step back in time. Sets of stone steps lead up into the exhibit rooms. Feast upon the treasures!



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Adventures in New York City Spring 2018

As my friend in New York City would always say to me when I’m visiting: “Welcome to the big town!” Indeed, it is big … and noisy … and expensive … and crowded. But one has to admit that it’s pretty amazing! For those who love architecture, it’s a must-visit city. And that’s primarily what I take pictures of, when I visit. If you really want to save some money on all the museums and galleries, it really helps to have a city resident go along with you. New York City residents are not obliged to pay full entry fees to many places. They pay whatever they want, and as little as they want. Yes, this is for real! Also, check out the visiting times on many of the parks and museums. Many offer free entry on certain days of the week or month. I’ve been to the big city a few times already and have taken tons of photos. Each time I try to visit some part of the city I have not visited before. It’s so big! So this time I spent a day in Lower Manhattan to walk on the Brooklyn Bridge (part of it), visit the Financial section, Washington Square, Battery Park, and visit the 911 Memorial site. Here are a few of those photos.

Washington Square

One World Trade Center as seen from Washington Square

Brooklyn Bridge

The next several images were taken from the Brooklyn Bridge, a great site to get great snapshots of the Lower Manhattan skyline.

Here is the popular, bronze bull statue in the Financial section that everyone wants to have their picture taken with.

One of the many, beautiful churches that one can find wedged in between office buildings.

If you are weary and need to take a rest, Bowling Green, with it’s lovely fountain court, is a great spot to take a load off one’s feet.


911 Memorial Site


911 Memorial Site


Down at Battery Park along the waterfront is a magnificent WWII memorial.

Here’s an interesting bit of architecture you won’t want to miss! It’s called The Occulus. Inside is just as spectacular!

Well, so much for this part of my stay in New York City! Stay tuned for more!

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Springtime at New York Botanical Garden

I’ve just returned from an extended trip to the US east coast, traveling by train all the way. It is my preferred way of traveling, as I get to see exclusive landscapes not accessible via other means of transportation. I prefer to travel via the Amtrak Empire Builder train, which originates in Seattle and travels along the northern states, eventually ending in Chicago. The trip takes 2 days. From Chicago are connections to available trains to most parts of the country. I departed mid April, when there was still much snow on the ground in Montana and North Dakota. By the time I returned, much of the snow had melted, leaving behind large lakes of water. Here are a few pics taken in April from the train window, outside the Glacier National Park area in Montana.

And now to the gardens! The New York Botanical Garden, located in the Bronx, is on a 250 acre site. It consists of many individual gardens of different plant and flower species along with many trails to explore throughout. I think I spent about 3 hours there and still did not get to see many areas of the garden. It is huge! And, of course, in springtime, the garden is chock full of blooms. The Cherry blossoms and Magnolias were magnificent!

Check out these gorgeous Magnolia blooms of various varieties and colors!

The Bronx River runs through the garden as well.

The Haupt Conservatory grounds were adorned with gorgeous Weeping Cherry trees.

In front of the Mertz Library in the garden is the beautiful Fountain of Life.

I highly recommend visiting the New York Botanical Garden, when in NYC. Visit their website for more info. https://www.nybg.org/visit/

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