Photo I took on a rainy day walk. This is a Hosta plant.
Photo I took on a rainy day walk. This is a Hosta plant.
Manito Park is a beautiful 90 acre park in Spokane, WA. A few days ago I took a long walk around the park. I hadn’t been there since wintertime, and everything was covered in snow then. So join me as I walk from the NE parking lot counter clockwise around and through the park. I took all these photos on my Samsung phone.
We first come to Mirror Pond. Last time I saw it, it was frozen.
Next we come to the Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden. This isn’t open in the winter. It is a nice place to sit and meditate.
Then we walk up a hill to Rose Hill. It has a Gazebo and a couple other roman looking structures, along with benches to sit on.
Walking down from Rose hill, walking south, leads us to Duncan Garden, a more formal garden setting with another Gazebo, fountains, and these lovely arches to talk through on the east and west sides.
North of Duncan Gardens is Gaiser Conservatory. During the winter Holiday season it is filled with holiday plants and many colored lights. Below you’ll find a link to a holiday post I did.
And lastly, we come to my favorite, the Joel E. Ferris Perennial Garden.
The park has two playgrounds, numerous paths, many benches, and during part of the year a cafe is open with outdoor tables for seating. No matter what season, there are many gardens and plants, much beauty and peaceful spots for walking, running or just sitting and contemplating all that nature offers us.
Here are three more posts I’ve done on Manito Park:
And here’s a link to go for more info about the park:
Thanks for joining me on this walk. If you are in the area, come check it out. There is always something to see, no matter the season.
It is so wonderful to see flowers blooming after a winter of snow and gray. I found these flowers along my walk. All photos were taken by me on my Samsung phone 🙂
One for the bees!
Wow, I had no idea I hadn’t posted in so long. My life has been quite stressful and I’m not really connecting to Spokane. I’ve only been here for two months, but during that time I’ve had two cataract surgeries, along with the stressful living situation I moved into. So needless to say, I have zero sense of belonging here. I need to be here until late Jan. at least so I’m attempting to get out more and explore.
A local friend mentioned Manito Park, so I decided to check it out. I’ll post a few photos I took of the park in another post. I wanted to focus this post on the beautiful display at Gaiser Conservatory. I happily stumbled upon it on Dec. 12th, while walking around the park. I went back to see it again on the 16th as that was its last day.
Photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
It is located on the southern tip of the park. Just walking through the doors was heavenly as it was warm and humid, quite the change from the almost freezing temperatures of Spokane. There was a main little area with a display in the middle, a fountain flowing on the left, plants to the right and ahead. Then, there is a long room to each side with a middle display row and rows on each side. All the plants were lit up with holiday lights, along with well placed holiday decorations and statues. Below are some photos. If you’d like a more detailed look, just click on the photo and it will be enlarged for you.
And there’s more….
Manito park is located at 1702 S. Grand Blvd. in Spokane, WA. Here is the website link: http://www.manitopark.org/ So if you are in Spokane, come check it out!
Thanks for visiting my blog and hanging with me through my changes 🙂
During my time at Balboa Park a few weeks ago, I took some more photos of interesting and beautiful sights.
I loved these beautiful flowers at Alcazar Garden, which is next to the Mingei Museum.
All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
This was amazing bark on a tropical palm tree, in the Botanical Building.
This was a forest like stand of plants in the Botanical building.
This beautiful blossom caught my eye. It was on a plant next to the other two plant areas in the photos above.
And lastly, I loved this creative and colorful Unicorn bench. It was on the patio in Spanish Village, part of the Sculpture studio there.
If you are in San Diego, come check out Balboa Park. There is so much to see and do there, no matter what the season or weather.
Thanks for reading and stopping by. Please leave a comment or a “like” and join in the fun!
Photo Taken by Katelon T Jeffereys
When I was at Balboa Park, San Diego, last Friday, I stopped in at one of my favorite spots, the Botanical building. Here are some photos I took.
The first photo shows the beautiful lattice work of the ceiling and walls.
There are different flower displays throughout the year and right now, they have special arrangements of orchids. I took a picture of the main display area.
This plant caught my eye with its scalloped edges and beautiful texture.
All photos by Katelon T. Jeffereys
There is so much to see and do at Balboa Park. I hope you come visit it someday!
It’s been quite awhile since I last wrote, so thanks for hanging in there with me. I’ve been putting all my focus into my spiritual work to help bring about a planetary shift into the light. I always take time for walks everyday though, so wanted to share some beauty with you. In spite of all that has gone on around this planet, there is always beauty to be found. And I believe soon, more and more our experience of beauty will grow and the darkness that has held our planet and humanity in its fist will be a vague memory, like a nightmare we have woken up from, dissipated as the days of joy and wonder fill us instead.
So come with me and experience some of what I’ve seen over the last several months.
This is an amazing canyon, Tecalote Canyon, a gem in the midst of the city:
All photos by Katelon T Jeffereys
Here’s a couple pretty yellow gems…one from a bush and one from a tree:
I love how delicate these 2 white flowers are, as they almost seem thinner than paper:
Yards all over the neighborhoods I walk have roses, and this lovely pink one caught my eye:
I grew up with an entire outer side of our carport covered with honeysuckle. I loved having that smell as part of my childhood. So some days my walk destiny is planned so I can pass this bush and get a wonderful whiff of honeysuckle again:
And lastly, there are so many different green plants that I’ve never seen before. It touches my heart to see how much love that some home owners put into their landscaping. This beauty stopped me in my tracks:
I read of a great awareness activity that you can add to your walks. You can pick a color for that walk and see how many things you see in that color. Sometimes I focus on green and I concentrate on seeing how many different shades of green I find on my walk that day. It’s wonderful to open your senses to take in more of what is around you. For me, with my love of nature, it keeps me grounded and nourished.
Thanks for joining me on my gathered photos from walks past. Enjoy your spring! Thanks for reading and following my blog and letting others know about it, too!
Much love, katelon
I’ve been on my present “leap” journey since Nov. 1, 2012, when I leaped out of Seattle, WA, on faith, thinking I’d be settled somewhere in a month or so. Meanwhile almost 118 weeks later, I’m still “on the road”. I’ve stayed in some homes/hotels/b in b’s for a night, some for a weekend, some for weeks, some for months. I’ve been in OR, No. CA, So. CA, UT and AZ.
Along the way, I’ve always found beauty, something to catch my eye, fill my heart. So here are some more sights I’ve gathered along my walks in my present neighborhood in San Diego, CA.
Many people use more desert plants here and right now there are many succulents flowering. I love the difference in color, texture and shape.
I walked by several poinsettia bushes. I’ve kept them before, after the holidays, as house plants but never seen them as bushes.
One house had a very whimsical but random display of little children’s toys in both their front “flower” beds.
I noticed these lovely garden walls, and enjoyed seeing the textures, and the different shapes.
It’s always interesting to me to see how people choose to decorate their yard, what kind of adornments they choose, what paths, what plants and colors, etc. I realize that it is a long time investment, so there must be great thought put into the decisions. These two yards are interesting to me. The one seems to speak of the race between the tortoise and the hares and yet there seems to be a chorus of howling wolves to announce the winner, all set amidst the weeds:
And this one just had a random, VERY random collection of statues all around the flower bed and behind it was another eagle collection surrounding their American flagpole.
Then there were these two very different plants that seemed so dramatic and pretty to me. The one reminded me of a hula dancer.
I walk my host’s dog and have been extending our walks longer and longer and finding new streets to add to our stroll. There is a park at the bottom of our street and it has a dirt path that leads north through a wild area, and onto a street. For a brief moment, I can forget I am in the city and imagine I am in the middle of a forest 🙂
Hope you have enjoyed my present neighborhood and the fruit of my walks. If you look with eyes to see, you can find beauty everywhere! Thanks for joining me.