Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Serenity, and a Winner

Gardening is a therapeutic and peaceful activity. Some people head for a public garden, or their own for serenity and it's always gratifying to capture someone with the camera.
This gentleman looks like he's lost in thought on an autumn day.
I stepped inside the gazebo at a small arboretum in Alliston to share this view which is peaceful by design. (if you can ignore the gas station in the background)
Walking to the other side, a woman went in to the gazebo and sat down before she realized I had my camera ready to take a photo.  She graciously offered to leave for my shot but I felt she was beneficial in it as she sat relaxing and enjoying the view.
The intricate design of the bench along with the fact that it is flanked on either side by tall mature trees and protected by the cedars makes this another appealing place to sit at the arboretum.
The mandolin story teller is a statue that caused me to slow right down one day and reflect on what kind of song he might play, and possibly sing to tell of people and places long ago. I wish there had  been a bench to sit by him.
I hope you find serenity in your gardens or know of a wonderful public one to visit.
The winner of the WaterDots giveaway is Diane at Thoughts and Shots and I know she is going to put them to the test as well. Thank you to everyone who entered the draw, they can be purchased on-line and for anyone living locally, they are now available at Kell's Garden Centre.

22 comments:

  1. Lovely serene captures. Although I usually try to not have people in my photos, they do add a certain something. Loved seeing the gentleman on the bench enjoying the day.

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  2. I loved seeing all these "serenity" shots and hearing your thoughts about them. I don't think we can be told too often to stop and smell the roses -- or whatever is in bloom!

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  3. I enjoyed the views through your camera lens. I think having people in your photos somehow gave me more a sense of the enjoyment of what I was seeing as they obviously were savoring the views!

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  4. Lovely photos this morning. We can do with a good spot to find serenity. Congratulations to the winner.

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  5. That is a lovely park,with the circular area, big trees the gazebo. I'd enjoy having a nice long sit there.

    Hope all is well with you.

    Karen

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  6. Nothing like sitting peacefully somewhere in a beautiful setting. congrats to your winner too!

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  7. Love the shots from your local arboretum. The one near our home is called The Bayard Cutting arboretum. The family nameis "Bayard Cutting", I thought maybe it was a cutting garden at one point! My hubby and I love to walk there on Sunday and have lunch and tea there. Congrats to your winner!

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  8. Lovely, peaceful and serene images :)

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  9. I love taking pix of strangers...:)JP

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  10. It's so beautiful there, Judith! I love the Gazebo.

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  11. Loved your photos. The garden looks so peaceful. Susan

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  12. What a lovely post of tranquil and serene spaces.

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  13. What a serene place. Full of great spaces to sit an enjoy some quiet time. Love the old Victorian bench. You did a wonderful job with the photos.

    Janet

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  14. Pretty benches, statues and Gazebo's to spend time enjoying the outdoors in. Congrats to the winner of the water dots.

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  15. The little spot is so nice. Its a sham about the gas station, but it just show even more it is a small patch of calm in the busy-ness. Thanks so much for following me! I'm following you now too so I won't miss out :)

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  16. A definite nice, tranquil place to relax and enjoy the environment on a beautiful spring day. I'll bet your tea house is a very serene spot to relax as well! Hugs, Beth

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  17. Hi,Judith.
    I loved to see the serene garden. You do not have to worry about that gas station in the back.The photo looks more friendly to me.I like it. How wonderful to see the statue of an old Japanese man. It seems to be Miminashi houichi by Lafcadio Hearn if I am right.Thank you for sharing!
    Have a happy weekend!

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  18. I agree with you Judith. Each place would be wonderful to just sit and watch or reflect.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  19. What a lovely public garden. It must be the time of year. Laura from Decor to Adore is in Paris and just blogged about the lovely public gardens there. I'm looking at a gorgeous rhododendron out my window just now and finding serenity in the view.

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  20. What a fun thing to do this month! I would like to join in some. Can you just do one at random? lol I got excited when I saw a 'Diane' had won. But I didn't enter so I guess I couldn't have won! haha! Congrats to this lucky Diane! Happy weekend! Hugs!

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  21. I agree that gardens and gardening bring such serenity...beautiful shots

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