There's a wonderful arboretum and botanical garden just a skip and a hop from my house. I used to go there a lot when my daughter was small. It's such a peaceful place, ideal for centering your thoughts, or just letting your mind wander. And everywhere you turn, something magnificent awaits.
Here in Southeast Texas, we don't get many "perfect" days this close to summer, but Monday was one of them. So, when my sister suggested we go to Mercer Arboretum, I jumped at the chance. And when I had a phone call that needed to be returned, I couldn't resist the potential of this shady bench (above). With very little effort, I could've napped the afternoon away right there. Maybe next time I will.
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While resting a spell in a swing, I looked up and saw this.
Who couldn't spend an afternoon sitting on a bench in this shady spot?
This wall of water provides a cool splatter on those hot summer days in Texas.
If you look closely, you'll see a couple of turtles in this lily pond.
So many tree species, I could never remember them all.
A perfect place for lovers to stroll arm-in-arm.
Sometimes you just have to step away from the bad news of the world and find the splendor in an ordinary day. I found it here on Monday ... and all free for the taking. Who could ask for more?
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