Showing posts with label On the road. Show all posts
Showing posts with label On the road. Show all posts

Monday, July 25, 2016

Visiting Seymour and Audrey in Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has something special going on right now in their observatory, 2 flowering Voodoo lilies, yes, not 1 but 2! Go take a wiff if you dare!

Amorphophallus titanum

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Icy Strait Point, Alaska

Day 4 of our Alaska cruise brought us to Icy Strait Point, close to the town Hoonah. I wish we’d have more time to explore the fishing town and museum but we opted for the whale and bear tour this time.

The whales were exiting to watch, I had the feeling they knew exactly what we wanted to see. But typical for me, I snapped the pictures either too early or too late. We had a group of 5 whales close by the boat doing chin slaps, back slaps, swimming on their backs and slapping their fins.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tongass - Temperate Rain Forest in Alaska

Still docked in Ketchikan, and after the city tour we spent the afternoon in the temperate rain forest area of the  Tongass National Forest.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Cruising to Ketchikan

Day two of our cruise was on sea, cruising along the coast of Canada, reading and relaxing

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gardens in the sky of Vancouver



Our Alaska cruise started in Vancouver.  We arrived a day early so we had time for sightseeing. The Vancouver Lookout Tower gives a bird’s-eye view of this nice city.  One gets a good look at the English Bay, the harbor, bridges, and floatplane taking off  at the busy water airport. But I was most surprised and fascinated by the many roof top gardens.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Plant Sale at Harry P. Leu Gardens



Today started the 2 day annual Plant Sale at Harry P. Leu Gardens.



 Being members we had the advantage to get in an hour early. This means by the time the crowds start rushing in, we were able to walk around the entire sales and I had done my shopping.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

2012 Garden Tour, Mt. Dora Florida



This year's 9th Annual Mt. Dora Garden Tour was on Sunday, Nov. 4 2012.

Five gardens were showcased, all in walking distance of each other in the old town of Mt. Dora in Central Florida.


The first garden has a large front yard, sweeping flowerbeds and a gazebo. The owners are certified Florida Master Gardeners and this really shows.





A neat idea to hide an unsightly wall of the neighbor's garage, a vertical garden wall:



Friday, October 26, 2012

Loggerhead Turtle Babies


A day at the Beach and an experience of a lifetime!

We were enjoying a Sunday morning at Playlinda Beach, our favorite 'wild' beach, with just a handful of surfers playing in the waves. Almost empty, this beach was ours, when I noticed a Park Ranger and a handful of young people walking along the dunes, bending to the ground, walking on a few steps, bending down again... They were checking on the sea turtle nests marked with flagged markers.

Coming closer, the group suddenly dropped to the ground and the Park Ranger started digging.  The young people jumped up and ran to the water, and my heart started to pound with excitement ... turtle babies!!




Sunday, June 24, 2012

While it's raining


Since tropical storm Debby is drenching us with endless rain, I dug out some pictures taken at our local botanical garden, Harry P. Leu Gardens,  earlier this year.



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wildflowers at Fort Christmas





Yesterday I posted pictures of the historic park Fort Christmas, Florida.  The park has beautiful oaks, tall palms and Longleaf Pine trees, and rolling lawns perfect for playing ball and holding a picnic in the shade.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fort Christmas Historical Park


On Father's Day we visited the historic settlement of Fort Christmas, FL, which displays a full-scale replica of the original Fort Christmas and restored pioneer homes  to show the heritage of the homesteaders, the Florida Crackers.






Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pan and Chloris in Airlie Gardens


The Greek Gods Pan and Chloris, or better known as the Roman Gods Fauna and Flora, are timeless Gods keeping watch over Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC.






Monday, May 21, 2012

Mermaids at Weeki Wachee Springs




For my Birthday, we did a day trip to the Weeki Wachee Florida State Park where mermaids delight visitors since 1947.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

a visit to Belmont Abbey College, NC

Visiting the Campus of Belmont Abbey College, NC

(This is the second post of  our trip to Charlotte, NC, first post 'Rosedale Plantation')





Belmont Abbey Basilica of Mary Help (Maria-hilf)
Its architectural style is German Gothic-Revival, built in 1892 - 1894 and since 1973 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Rosedale Plantation







Spending one February afternoon in Charlotte, NC, we decided to visit the Historic Rosedale Plantation. I did not take pictures inside, just in the gardens.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

The United States Botanic Garden, Washington DC

We decided to take a family vacation to Washington, DC. the boys were growing up, and this was the last vacation for just the four of us. This was some time ago....  Of course the Botanical Garden was on the 'must-see list' ;)

 I am sure the Gardens look different by now, with added gardens and exhibits. Who knows when I will be able to visit Washington DC again :-/



The National Garden Fountain

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Peeking back in time


We spent the day in St. Augustine, the oldest European established city in the nation. St. Augustine is located in north-east Florida, about 2 hours drive for us.

We visited the small Tolomato Cemetery. A 1737 map describes the site as the church and village of Tolomato, an Indian village served by Franciscan priests. Their 18th century church was built of wood with a coquina-stone bell tower. The Christian Indians buried their dead here. In 1763 the church was destroyed. In 1777 a pastor of the Minorcan colonists established the site as a cemetery. The last burial took place in 1892.


Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's eve at IOA (Universal Studios FL)


We spent St. Sylvester day, December 31st, at IOA (Island of Adventure, Universal Studios Theme Park in Orlando), ringing in the new year with live bands and lots of toots and cheering.

Happy 2012

Of course I could not help it but notice the park's plantings ;)