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    Fall 2019 at the Botanical Gardens

    It’s finally fall! Here are photos of my visit in fall 2019 at the botanical gardens: Ornate stained glass structure in the entrance of the building. Throughout the gardens there were lots of elegant glass orchid sculptures by Jason Gamrath. Four Seasons Garden More orchid sculptures! Lots of native foliage. A hanging basket and more pretty foliage. White Garden Under the arbor The Lost Hollow Cucumber plants outside the witches’ hut. Fireplace Cave Butterfly bushes 🦋 Scarecrow Stone sculptures and hut Dry Piedmont Prairie Perennial Garden Beautiful celosia argentea flowers and a visiting bee 🐝 Butterfly weed, Goldenrod, Black-eyed Susan and a variety of other forbs, grasses and shrubs. Canal…

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    Goat Island Fairy Houses

    Goat Island fairy houses! Wait…what’s a fairy house? Fairy houses are whimsical structures built in and from the natural landscape that provide the creator and viewer with a sense of wonder and joy. The other day I was walking around Goat Island Park, and I encountered a bunch of cute little fairy houses! I didn’t know what they were when I first encountered them, I have never seen such structures before. Even though I didn’t know what they were at the time, I enjoyed seeing the fairy houses on my walk in the park immensely. They were a cute surprise! Adorable little forest fairies 🙂 I love how creative these…

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    Hiking Crowder’s Mountain – Summit Trail

    I had such a great time hiking Crowder’s Mountain last week that I came back again the next week, this time to hike the Summit Trail! The temperature that day was 73°F, which was a little bit cooler than last week. Not so bad since we were in the shade most of the hike anyhow. We started around 10 AM, much earlier than last week’s hike (we started around 1:30 PM). The start of the trail was very rocky and crowded so I didn’t spend any time getting pictures of that, I just kept moving forward. The pictures below are when we reached the first top section of the hike.…

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    Hiking Crowder’s Mountain – Rocktop Trail

    This past weekend I went hiking in Crowder’s Mountain, specifically I took the Rocktop Trail up the mountain. Lately I’ve been feeling a bit rushed and out of touch with nature. I’ve been a bit busy with work, and by the time I get home I end up zoning out in front of yet another screen. I didn’t want this to go on long enough to become a bad habit. So, I thought to make a day out of hiking. This way I can kick myself back into gear by trying to get in shape and clearing my head by being out in nature. Since it was my first time…