There are some places that are so welcoming and friendly that they have become some of my favorite memories of those visits. When I was growing up my family used to drive to the coast of Maine during the summer to go to the beach. I had the opportunity to return to one of these beach towns recently and I found the same sense of relaxation and fun that I remembered from the past. In addition to the ocean there are shops, ice cream stands and summer cottages that make a visitor feel welcome. Here are some of those inviting scenes.
An interesting display
Fragrant souvenir pillows
Time for ice cream!
Herbs in bloom
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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.
an unusual color
when you look up…
the pine scented path
flowers to plant
It was a hazy morning…
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.
in the mountains
a serene view
When it’s time to cool off how about a refreshing pool for relaxing and maybe even taking a little nap…
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.
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.
Charlottesville and blue sky
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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.
Bright blue sky
Mountains in the distance
Along a path in the mountains
This butterfly was moving constantly among the flowers.
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.
Everything is fresh again
A group of wildflowers
Early spring flowers
Spring will be especially welcome this year…
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.
around a corner
take a walk in this garden…
this sounds good
at a train station
outside of a shop
I liked these dainty looking flowers growing from a wall.
This sign is interesting because I hadn’t thought about sitting on the planter.
There were flowers that adorned the walls and windows of buildings.
Why try to climb the stairs when you can simply admire this view?
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.
Pike Place Market in January
springtime in Gatlinburg
Great Smoky Mountains
May in Barcelona
Paris flower with a bee…
Maine in July
A colorful flower display in 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.
at a souvenir shop
flowers on a deck
…near the ocean
An early bird at sunrise.
The start of a new day.
There are many cities in Tuscany that are famous for their art and architecture. Another way to admire the beauty of the region is to be outdoors and see places like this. I think this scene could be the subject of a painting.
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