Friday, December 4, 2009

A long time coming

It was brought to my attention last night that it had been 3 months since I last posted.  Boy time sure flies.  Much has happened since the last post: a couple of vacations, a stay in the hospital (while on vacation) from which I have completely recovered, Thanksgiving weekend with a trip to OH, a big snow storm today for our first significant snow of the season.  There was anywhere from 4” to 15” in the area depending on where the measurement was taken.  I got maybe 7” or 8”. 

A couple weeks ago was the first night of the Christmas tree display at Meijer Gardens.  One of my favorite exhibits of the year there.  The other is the butterfly exhibit in March/April.  It was a great night for photography and I had a great time.

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The above picture was taken in the conservatory part of the gardens.  That’s also where the butterflies come alive in the Spring.

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This is a section of the lights in the ceiling of the restaurant.  Pictures don’t do them justice at all.

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One of the many trees inside the building.  I think there are about 50 trees on display.  Each is decorated for a country. Can’t read the sign for the country this one represents.

 

I had rained off and on most of the day so the walkways were wet and reflected the lights perfectly for taking pictures.  The rain had stopped and the temp was not too bad.

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Leonard DaVinci’s American Horse is probably my favorite sculpture in the gardens.  I have no idea how many pictures I have of it taken at various times throughout the year.

Another sculpture in the gardens is this one of Fred and Lena Meijer.  The gardens are named for them.  They have donated a very large amount of money for the gardens and continue to do so.

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3 comments:

Sandy said...

All I can say is, "Wow!" Those photos (all of them) are just gorgeous! Don't make us wait so long next time......

Rebecca said...

The mention of 50 trees reminds me of when we lived in northern Virginia and we to the Capitol Mall to see the 50 state trees. Nice.

Judy G said...

I had never seen the horse at night or wearing a wreath. Thanks for sharing that one!