Sights of Spring

Hidden Lake Gardens, near Tipton, Michigan is a 755 acre botanical garden and arboretum operated by Michigan State University. Yesterday fellow photoblogger Pat and I pranced (okay, so neither of us prance anymore, we ambled) through the woods trying to capture some of the sights of early spring. Here are some of my favorite shots from yesterday.
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bees
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Hidden Lake Gardens

Hidden Lake Gardens is a 755 acre property owned and operated by Michigan State University. It is located on highway 50 near Tipton, Michigan. When a visiting MSU alumnae visited, we decided to take a trip to visit the gardens on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. We happened to arrive just before the annual plant sale was over, so admission was free and we were able to purchase a few plants before driving around the arboretum and visiting the conservatory.
The roads through Hidden Lake Gardens are one-way with fairly frequent parking areas for visitors to get out to view the surrounding spot or take a hike on one of the many trails. The winter was very severe in Michigan as is evident in the dead trees in the first picture.
Some wild flowers were in bloom. I was able to get a picture of rather rare Trillium. The bees were out, but concentrating on the flowers . . . not us.
My bee picture was actually taken inside the conservatory. Where I also took a few pictures of cacti in bloom.
One of my favorite shots of the day was a tulip in bloom with a bark background. Hope you enjoy the pictures and are able to visit the gardens some day. As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.

Hard Winter

Hard Winter


Trillium

Trillium


Bee at Work

Bee at Work


Cactus in Bloom

Cactus in Bloom


Tulip and Bark

Tulip and Bark

Water Flowers

The Naples Botanical Gardens (naplesgarden.org) occupies over 170 acres (including parking and a 90-acre natural preserve). The 2.5 mile walking trail leads the visitor through seven different settings for flowers and trees. Today’s images from the gardens focus on water flowers; both lilies and shoreline flowers. The last three photos remind us that flowers – while beautiful – are also food for many animals. More from the gardens on Monday.
red webs and water
flower against water
lavender water lily
pink water lily
lily and shadow
red lily and bee
water lily for lunch
water lily and bee

The Winds of Autumn

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the cool nights, the not-too-hot days. and the smells and sounds of the season. Bees are gathering the last few bits of pollen.

bee

Migratory birds, like these geese and sandhill cranes, are gathering together for their journey south.

splashdown

sandhill

Of course there are also pumpkin pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin lattes and pumkins.

pumpkin

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