Monday, May 26, 2008

Day Tripping: A Garden Photolog

SodaBoy and I took a photographic expedition yesterday to a state historic park, which contains the mansion and grounds of a late 1800s philanthropist. The grounds are extensive, the gardens both numerous and lovely, and the particular philanthropist near and dear to me, since she donated the land for a favorite state park, the one closest to my home. There were greenhouses

filled with lovely orchids

and lushly verdant growth.

There were magnificent roof lines, complete with fairy tale chimneys,

and ample statuary.

And while it wasn't in the tourist brochure, and we may have been the only ones admiring it, we also saw this totally awesome lace wing. (I think it's a lace wing, anyway. Any entomologists out there?)

The return trip featured a stop to eat dinner outside, on a patio overlooking a lovely Digit Lake. It was grand, I tell you, simply grand.


Nadine said...

Grand indeed. Looks & sounds like somewhere I'd like to visit.

Electronic Goose said...

That last picture makes me want to be there.

Momma Val said...

Wow! Thanks for the pictures. It's like a mini getaway for me just to hear about other peoples getaways. Dinner not from a wrapper . . . . . ahhh.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Sounds absolutely wonderful!!!!!! YAY! Wish I was there too! Though I would NOT have wanted to miss our own outing. Too bad we can't be in more than one place at a time. :-D

I love botanical gardens, gardens, green houses and fun insects.

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Debbie in NC said...

Sounds and looks wonderful! Thank you for taking me along :)

I have to look up verdant...LOL

Beautiful photos!