Beautiful Days

The past week or two have offered days perfect for long walks and easy hikes. Visiting my favorite places here in my corner of our lovely blue planet – a few botanical gardens, a beach, and neighborhoods – has offered the beauty of late winter/early spring days.

From the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way (WA): The garden’s 22 acres house “the largest collection of Rhododendron species in the world”. I have visited this garden countless times in each season over many years, and always see something new, unique, and very beautiful. The following is just a hint of what the Garden offers.

In the Rutherford Conservatory.
The gazebo offers an expansive view of the formal lawn.
You will find something in bloom in the Garden year-round.

Kubota Garden, in south Seattle, is an historic 20 acre garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle. Created in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, who immigrated to the US in the early 1900’s, the Garden became public in the 1980’s. It is now maintained by Seattle Parks and Recreation. Here are displayed beautifully pruned conifers and large shrubs, reminiscent of the large public gardens in Japan. Creative use of rocks and moss have made this one of my favorite places to visit.

And a long walk on a gorgeous day took me through a local forest and down to the beach on a stunningly cold but clear day.

Looking northwest from Carkeek Park beach. Wouldn’t this huge old stump look great in someone’s garden :)!
About two miles from home, where the rich folks’ neighborhoods begin. They share expansive views of Puget Sound.

And last, for all those Pacific Northwest folks who search out blue on our cloudy days, here’s a recommendation:

I wish you interesting walks, beautiful skies, and a good read for those rainy days.

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