Wildflowers III (and wildlife)

The transformation to Hidden Lake Gardens in less than one week was astounding and, at times, a bit of sensory overload. The heavy rain followed by sunny days brought out new wildflowers, hosta, tulips, and bees. Thought for the day: All flowers trace their roots (pun alert) to wildflowers. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day.

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Wildflowers II

Friend Pat and I have decided to try and visit Michigan State University’s 755-acre Hidden Lake Gardens once a week for the next few weeks to show the progression of Spring through wildflowers and other changes. These photos are from Tuesday’s visit where we saw some flowers beginning to fade (like many daffodils), some peeking out, and others in full bloom.

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Wildflowers

My friend Pat returned from her Winter hideaway so we headed to Hidden Lake Gardens to see what wildflowers were out. The day started out cloudy, but the sun came out to make the lingering raindrops sparkle. It made for a fun outing.

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Moss with Berries

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Grass with Berries

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Late Bloomers

Here are some late blooming (past mid-October) hosta images from right outside my front door.

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hosta

Fall Colors

In addition to lines and curves from my last post. Pat and I saw some Fall colors. Having not had a hard frost yet, many summer colors were also still in bloom. Here is some of what we saw.

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Mums

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Yellow Rose and Dew

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Roses

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Reflections

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Bloom

Spartan Green

Spartan Green

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Willow

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Leaf

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Dew

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Pumpkins & Cornstalks

Curves and Lines

The artistic geometry of nature is astounding, if we take the time to look. Here is some of the Divine artistry that I saw on Tuesday’s outing with my friend Pat to the Hidden Lake Gardens.

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Sunrise Curves and Colors

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Mushroom Arcs

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Old School Web

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Can you see the gnome with the pointy hat?

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Hoop

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Circle and Lines

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Birch Lines and Curves

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Heart of the Woods

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Wiggles

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Fall Reflections

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Invisible Line that Holds

 

Monroe & West

At a traffic stop I did a double take and vowed to get my camera the next time in town (Jackson, Mi). The rather unusual street decoration was still there. Here are a couple of shots from the corner of Monroe & West.

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One Way

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Hangin’ Around

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