Friday, May 15, 2009

Rhododendron Garden at Point Defiance 2



Today we went back to the Rhododendron Garden at Point Defiance Park, and we explored a couple of the paths leading away from the Rhododendron Garden. The sun was bright, and the air was warm. In the garden the pinks, yellows, reds, lavenders of the flowers splashed beautiful colors on the landscape. And the forest glowed with varied shades of green from the ferns, mosses, grass, trees, plants. Bees buzzed and a woodpecker pecked.

There was some running and mostly walking and much enjoyment amongst us all. There was wonder expressed at seeing a banana slug in the hollow of a tree as well as spotted banana slugs on the ground. There were lots of smiles on our walk, a few frowns, and negotiating from a parent, and peace reigned again for awhile. But some children had to use the restroom (they don't have one there), and other duties called as well, so we couldn't stay as long as I would have liked, but this summer we are planning to go back with lunches packed and good walking shoes on and travel one of the trails from the Rhododendron Garden to the end of the peninsula. I am really looking forward to it!

Beautiful trees:



A banana slug with spots on it:



A banana slug in the hollow of a tree:



Paths in the Rhododendron Garden:

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