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Walking the Preserve

Sunday, April 07, 2013

I was given a wonderful opportunity today and I took it. A group of women from my Saturday morning walking group decided to drive 35 miles to visit an amazing garden preserve that used to be the estate of a wealthy family many years ago.

After a brief journey, we arrived at the 100+ acre estate and were immediately struck by the amazing beauty that surrounded us...naturalized woodland flowers of all kinds artfully lain to reflect the incredible natural architecture of the surrounding treescape and the barked paths throughout their canopy. It was captivatingly beyond words as we ambled slowly betwixt and between the variety of behemoth trees that surrounded us.

Each arc of a new path exposed a new species, a treasure of color, texture, and light that seemed to surpass the previous one. We marveled our way down the sloping hillsides and around the glens until we found ourselves at the aging-yet-graceful mansion at the center back of the estate. The mist from the morning rain was still rising as the sun warmed the pathways. It was an almost mystical sight as there were tiny rainbowlets that occasionally formed within the scene.

Between intermittent rain showers and long periods of glorious sunshine, we covered quite a bit of that amazing acreage, saw an incredible variety of plants, shrubs, and trees, a plethora of garden spaces, and even found a labarynth used for meditation classes held on site. What a great way to spend an afternoon and log about 5 miles.
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