|My wonderful picnic basket--a lovely wedding gift from equally lovely friends.|
The place that we went picnicking was a beautiful park, which wasn't even too far away. We sat and ate and talked and laughed for almost an hour and a half, and then we decided to take a walk around the park. Oh, the photo opportunities! And what understanding friends, that let me go around taking pictures of everything!
|I loved this vine, the way it wrapped around the column. It made me feel like I had been transported to an enchanted garden.|
|A lily pond at the bottom of a gravel path.|
|Close-up of the lily pond... can you find the frog?|
|Here's the frog! He's all the way at the left of the above pictures.|
To our delight, there was even a nature center, complete with gift shop! I didn't have any money to spend, but I found three things that made me happy...
|These disgruntled cardinals make me smile! They also came printed on blank cards... Ah, the possibilities!|
|Basically, these are like mood stones. You touch the heat-sensitive bottom, and the colors change and swirl where your finger is. Hours of endless fun... I want one!|
|Another disgruntled bird, although this one is plush.|
The visitor center also hosted a butterfly garden... most of the butterflies had already started on their annual migration, but there were a few left behind.
|This butterfly was posing for the camera.|
Last, but not least, the visitor center had an observation deck. Just look at the view.
|It was pretty breath-taking.|
|Picture taken through the observation deck's telescope. I was so, so happy that this picture turned out!|
All in all, it was a lovely time. I really look forward to going back again--hopefully with more time to spend. There are plenty of trails to walk, and I can't wait to see what it looks like in the autumn.
What a lovely day.