Flowers that fly and all but sing. — Robert Frost

Visit Fine Art America to purchase a print of “Flowers that fly and all but sing”…. 

“I almost wish we were butterflies….”

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”  ―John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

Airlie Gardens, Take 2

My first visit to Airlie Gardens was blogged in early May under the title:  The Garden by the Sea.    I loved it— it was beautiful and peaceful and I spent the day meandering around the gardens without a care in the world.   I couldn’t wait for a return visit.   So.. I visited this Labor Day Weekend, late summer! —  The camera clutz that I am, my lens hood fell onto Bradley Creek Pier and rolled right into Bradley Creek, never to be seen again.  Nothing was in bloom other than the odd flower here or there and it was hot, hot, hot.    The gardens were green; still beautiful…  still peaceful — and instead of the day meandering — an hour or two of purposeful walking that yielded the following results:

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Adirondackchairs

Backyard Butterfly Fun

A local hidden treasure, NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

I’ve lived in suburban Maryland outside of Washington, DC for most of my life and never knew of the National Park Services’ Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Garden until this past October.   This park dates back to 1926 and preserves some of the beautiful natural treasures of Washington, DC.   They say, “in an old dance wind, water, and land combine here”.    And I believe it.  

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

NPS Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

The park is located in northeast Washington, DC just south of the Route 50, Baltimore-Washington Parkway, and Kenilworth Avenue intersection.    Park entrance is at 1550 Anacostia Avenue, NE, Washington, DC.   You can get there by vehicle, metro and yes … even canoe.

Although “life” wasn’t bustling in the park in October —  there were remnants of beautiful flowers, water lilies, and foliage.    The boardwalk was perfect for seeing birds, ducks, cranes and the start of beautiful fall colors.   Frankly, I can’t wait to visit this spring and summer… stay tuned!

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