Here I am in the midst of life “stateside”, trying to readjust to all of the stuff that goes along with a life not lived in Costa Rica. A few mornings ago, frustrated with the computer, the chaos and the general noise in my head, I decided to take a trip down the road from our house to one of the very lovely park areas near us for some nature time. Louisiana has an abundance of wildlife and flora, so it doesn’t take long when one goes in any direction to find a place of repose. I decided to pay a visit to Highland Road Arboretum, a small park by far, but on this morning it was full of all things delightful to me. Except monkeys. No monkeys. 😦
Anyway, I’d like to share the beautiful things I came across on my visit.
This is the view once inside the park area looking back at the pavilion. There is also a gift shop with things of local interest, as well as a garden area. There is a regular plant/flower sale that happens at the Arboretum, and they have some lovely things.
Louisiana has a rich history of Native American life, and many areas have mounds which are either designated or presumed to be from this time. If you are visiting the state, Tunica is a good place to check into if you are interested in this history.
Near the mound was this great bamboo field. In Costa Rice, on tours, our guides were quick to point out that bamboo was not originally native to the country but was imported, and is viewed as a weed. It is prolific. I am not certain how it got to Louisiana.
I thoroughly enjoyed my bee observation. The expression “busy bee” was not coined in vain, folks. This one never stopped moving. Get a little nectar-expend a LOT. “And don’t forget to dust those little feet with pollen on your way out, sir!”
Big one eh?
And let’s not forget the lovely bloom…
This happy little beauty was searching for insects among the clover.
Until it decided to get vocal, that is.
And speaking of lovely flowers, these were blooming right at the edge of the pond.
The bees weren’t the only ones enjoying the gifts of the flower. The dragonflies were out in numbers so great they brought to mind stories of faeries in fields of flowers. Although not as large as the “red devils” I saw in Costa Rica, these little aeronautical wonders are just as magnificent to watch.
A view of the trails. While not extensive, they are very cool, with plenty of benches to sit and meditate or ponder, along with informational tags to the trees and bushes found within the area.
It seemed everyone was enjoying “brunch” and took only minimal notice of the crazy camera lady snapping their photos.
Louisiana is known for its mighty oaks and this place is no exception to the rule of having one or more on its grounds. These great trees had lovely fern and lichen growing high in their branches, and the sun glinting off of them made for a great day of light and shadow for me.
Fern is absolutely one of my favorite plants. It just seems to whisper to me as I walk by.
Another opportunistic guest, much like the bromilliad in Costa Rica.
And lets not forget the tiny wildflowers. The best thing about a zoom lens is finding little treasures that are often trod upon without a moment’s thought to their wondrous contribution to the beauty of this world.
So much detail in such a small package!
And how about this carnivorous group? It looks like they are singing, perhaps a call to all insects to come and play in the “hot tub”!
They just look so darned happy, right?
And let’s not forget my pals, the turtles. Always present whenever there is water here.
To the smallest fishes. All seemed to have had the same idea as I did. Let’s get out in the sunshine!
Everything caught my eye that morning.
These lovely bushes were growing all over the place, lending an elegant gracefulness to the park. It made me think of weddings..
The petals look almost like tissue paper! And with peace in my soul, I headed back home..of course I had guest at the feeder…
Happy Friday! May everyone have beautiful things in their days, and may you take the time to notice them.