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Dallas Arboretum Lovelies

The Dallas Arboretum is a wonderful place to visit – there is something for everyone. 

Formal Gardens

dallas arboretum formal garden
A formal garden area with delphiniums, alyssum, and zinnias.
dallas arboretum formal garden
Formal Garden

Water Features

dallas arboretum fountain
Fountain and pool near the entrance.
dallas arboretum waterfall
Waterfall with bromeliads growing out of the rocks on the sides.

Textures

rocks at bottom of water feature at dallas arboretum
Rock erosion at the bottom of a water feature.
sheet of water falling with green background
Looking through a sheet of water to the green trees beyond.

Greenery

oakleaf hydrangea blossoms
Hydrangeas in bloom.
red maple leaves and seeds
Red maple leaves and seeds.

Children’s Area

The children’s section includes a garden showcasing foods we eat – cereal grains, greens, vegetables, and a pollinator area to highlight the importance of pollinators in our food cycle.

buckwheat blossoms
Buckwheat blossoms.
vegetable garden with lettuces
Food garden with lettuces.

My favorites, of course, were the flowers, which I will share with you another day.

Just a Moment – Fifty-Nine

My cousin Roberta Gibson visited this past weekend. While she was here, we visited the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

We spent about four hours there and, between the two of us, we took hundreds of pictures! 

green bug on pink rose

The roses smelled as wonderful as they looked!

I’ll be sharing more Arboretum photos next week.

Travertine Nature Center

I promised in yesterday’s blog post to give you some more haiku and photos from the Travertine Nature Center in Sulpur, Oklahoma.

Travertine Rock sign

We didn’t go into the Nature Center itself this trip, but visited it in the past.  It’s small, but has quite a bit of information about the natural habitat in the area and the animals, fish, etc., that reside there.  The main attraction, though, is the hiking trails and the creek itself.  In the upper end of the creek, where the two springs, Antelope Springs and Buffalo Springs, come bubbling out of the ground, there are wide open easily navigated walking paths and also several side loops that take you over more rugged ground. 

Travertine Creek nature trail

Below the Nature Center, where the creek begins to fall in several areas, creating pools, there are trails on both sides of the creek, along with parking lots and picnic area.  This area was very busy on Sunday – a nice warm sunny day – with families and couples picnicking and frolicking in the water.  I’m sure the water was extremely cold, though – I certainly didn’t test it!

travertine creek falls and swimming area

Our previous visit was in November 2015, so it was a nice treat to visit in the spring when everything was newly green.

newly-green trees and travertine creek

Travertine Nature Trail

winds blow

trees creak

leaves rustle.

birds trill

wildflowers sway

Travertine Creek flows.

Antelope Springs

sparkling springwater gushes

green rushes flow

blue dragonflies dance

green water grasses rushes
blue dragonflies on green water plants

If you are curious about writing haiku, I suggest reading Becoming a Haiku Poet.  As you can see by my above attempts, I’m fairly decent with the “moment of keen perception and perhaps insight into nature or human nature” but have a long ways to go with in creating “a spark of energy” with juxtaposition.  There’s no juxtaposition in my above efforts.   I was too overwhelmed with intense joy in communing with nature at a glorious place and season to contemplate juxtapositions.