Early Morning Walk

I’ve been spending time this summer looking for interesting places to visit here in Virginia.  The other morning I found a garden that is open to the public for a few weeks in the summer.  It had lots of trails and because it was early there were dewdrops on the flowers.  I saw day lilies that were different colors and many other flowers too.  The trails were strewn with pine needles and pine cones and that fresh scent combined with the flowers was very fragrant.  Along the trails were other plants, trees and flats of flowers yet to be planted.  This was a perfect way to start the day.

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It was a hazy morning…

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On the Move

I’m still doing a lot of traveling in my local area.  Now that it is summer there are lots of outdoor places to see and enjoy.

When it’s time to cool off how about a refreshing pool for relaxing and maybe even taking a little nap…

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As the title mentions there is an actual move involved.  I recently moved and have now settled in a house here in Virginia.  These are some of the flowers that are currently in bloom in my yard.

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Travel theme: Fresh

I’m starting to take short trips around Virginia now that I’m getting settled here.  It has been a lovely spring and I’ve traveled from Charlottesville to Williamsburg to see lots of fresh spring scenery.  In addition to flowers I’ve been impressed by the bright blue sky, the sunshine and the different colors of green from leaves on the trees to those on shrubs and plants.  Of course there have been lots of flowers and I’ve enjoyed seeing those too.  It’s been interesting to see spring arrive this year and I’m looking forward to seeing how things might change as summer approaches.  Here are some pictures of the scenery that I’ve observed.

Virginia

Virginia

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Spring!

As I begin to get settled in my new area in Virginia I decided to drive to Charlottesville last weekend for a visit.  With the mountain views, impressive architecture and the bright sunshine I don’t think I could have picked a better day to enjoy the spring.   I’m looking forward to returning there later this year to see how it changes from season to season.

 

This butterfly was moving constantly among the flowers.

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Looking Forward to Spring

I’ve been looking through my pictures of flowers and I can’t wait until it’s spring!  So far there have been a few warm days but it will be nice to have several days in a row of sunshine and warmer temperatures.  I’ve also noticed that the birds are more active as they cheerfully sing in the morning.  The first flowers are starting to come back, as well as the freshness of the new greenery.  I’ve also started to notice displays of brightly colored planters outside of charming shops.  Here are some pictures from a walk that I took when I visited the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee along with a nearby scenic town in North Carolina.

Spring will be especially welcome this year…

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Flowers in Cornwall

The flowers that I saw in Cornwall were really memorable.  They were outside of train stations, hanging in baskets in front of shops and in gardens.

I liked these dainty looking flowers growing from a wall.

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This sign is interesting because I hadn’t thought about sitting on the planter.

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There were flowers that adorned the walls and windows of buildings.

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Why try to climb the stairs when you can simply admire this view?

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Flowers are Everywhere

I am happy to say that I’ve seen lots of flowers this year and they are a welcome sight.  It started in January when I was in Seattle.  Although it was winter there were buckets of flowers at Pike Place Market.  In late April I took a walk in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee in time to see some dainty wildflowers growing along the trail.  Next I saw cheerful flowers in Barcelona followed by late spring blooms in Paris.  And just recently I was in Maine.  Even though flowers differ by season and climate they are always beautiful.

A colorful flower display in Maine:

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Greetings from Maine

After my trip I decided that July is a great time to visit Maine.  While I was there it was hot during the day but in the evening a breeze from the ocean made it much cooler.  Lots of people were at the beach and there was plenty of room for everyone’s chairs, blankets and umbrellas (at least before high tide).  I heard people say that the water was slightly warmer than usual.  During the afternoon when the sun was so bright I visited the local lighthouse and then went into town to shop and stay indoors for a while.  Here are some of the places I saw.

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An early bird at sunrise.

MaineThe start of a new day.

Travel theme: Peaceful

When I was in Paris I went to the Jardin des Tuileries early on a Sunday afternoon.  There weren’t many people there and it was easy to find a place to sit.  I could choose from a reclining chair or a bench.  There were lovely views in all directions and it was very peaceful.

Some seating choices:

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The views:

Paris

Paris