Thursday, August 12, 2010

The English Gardens

On August 5 Jake and I went to Winnipeg,to one of our favorite photo spots.
The English Gardens,almost always give us good photo opportunities,
and this day was no exception.

Of course we hoped to see at least some birds.
This Red-eyed Vireo stopped long enough to get a good shot.
We heard more birds than what we saw.
It seems they mostly wanted to hide in the foliage.

The flowers were spectacular.
I have to give credit to the gardeners,employed here.
They are busy reworking the gardens constantly.


Clusters of Goldenrod remind me that although the temperatures are high,fall is fast approaching.

The vibrant colors of these Snapdragons should be attracting the Butterflies and bees.
Unfortunately,I did not see much activity around these,
except for one photographer,who enjoyed the brilliance.


We noticed a few Cottontails around
This one had chewed all of the leaves from the Lily plants in this area.
Here he is up on his hind legs,reaching for the last few tender leaves.

Thought for today:
Smiling lets the world know that there is hope.

40 comments:

April said...

Gorgeous pictures of your visit to the English Gardens. What a treat! Thanks, Ruth.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, Those pictures are gorgeous... My mother used to grow snapdragons --and they are so pretty.

That little bunny is cute --but I'd hate it if he ate our lilies!!!!!

Looks like you had a wonderful time at the English Gardens... Thanks for sharing the beauty!!!!! I wanna visit there too....

I want you to meet Ginny... You two would love each other--like I love you both.

Hugs,
Betsy

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures from your visit to the English Gardens! I especially like the bunny rabbit!

Karin said...

Oh the memories! We did take wedding pics in the English Garden of Assiniboine Park - those pics are just so ordinary, but yours are spectacular!

Love that bunny - but they sure are rascals when it comes to eating prize lilies!

If Ginny and Betsy come to visit you, let me know, and I'll meet you there. They may not want to travel this far west, lol!! But then we have the Rockies - so there is hope!

D said...

Ruth, you got some wonderful photos, especially the closeup of the rabbit and his eye.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Diane said...

That sounds like a lovely place Ruth. The bird looks like it should be in an English garden doesn't he. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures.

My husband saw someone's goldenrod today and he said he wants to take me back over there to see it. He said it's about 7 feet high. Diane

Ginny Hartzler said...

Hi Ruth, I'm Ginny. Nice to meet you and your wonderful blog! My good friend Betsy is doing a bit of matchmaking with us. She says we will be fast friends. She also tells me you are Mennonites like we are. I have no other Mennonite followers that I know of. Your blog is lovely, and has all the things that I love to photograph and post, myself. I love the bunny standing up and eating the leaves, and the snapdragons. I also love weeds, even dandelions. If weeds were harder to grow, people would be clamouring to get them. I love to take pictures of flowers and birds. How long have you been Mennonites, what is your church, and do you have any positions in it? Phil and I have been married 40years, have one son,39,and a four year old granddaughter. Your little granddaughter is beautiful and so sweet looking. I am signing on to follow you.

Connie said...

I sure enjoyed all of these. The bunny put a big smile on my face - loved it!

You are doing such nice work with your frames.y

Rick said...

What great photos you made there Ruth! That bird shot is a great capture, as is the bunny (and he put a smile on my face too ... because he's not eating MY lilies !). What a wonderful place to spend some time with a camera!

Regina said...

Delightful and wonderful scenes!
Have a great weekend.
Blessing both.

warriormom said...

Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

Elaine said...

Wonderful photos! The flowers are gorgeous, and I love the cottontail stretching to get that last little treat. Very nice work.

Neal said...

Beautiful shots...that must have been a real treat.

I had to chuckle at your comment on George's blog. I too think of George and Betsy when I see waterfalls and find myself trying to make sure I get a good picture..even videos sometimes. :)

Pat said...

Gorgeous shots, as always, Ruth. I especially like the vibrant pink and peach snapdragons.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Montanagirl said...

Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing. The little Cottontail is so cute. We have them in our yard here.

ruthi said...

Oh Ruth... your photos are gorgeous. I love the flowers and I fell love at first sight with your cottontail. and your quotation sums up what a wonderful world we are living in.

LV said...

What a great looking place to visit. You did a super job with your camera capturing so much of the true beauty. Lovely post.

George said...

I'm glad that cottontail was up there with you instead of down here chewing on our lilies. (We have enough problems with deer!). You got some wonderful pictures of the flowers, which I hope help make up for the birds you heard but could not see.

Leah said...

Those are amazing picture's Ruth!! God Bless and thanks so much for your friendship!

jeanlivingsimple said...

You never fail to delight me with your photos! Loved the Red-Eyed Vireo. I have never seen one.

Arti said...

Beautiful pics... The first pic of the flower in pink and the yellow clusters is absolutely gorgeous...coming over from ginnys blog. Have a nice day! :)

Unknown said...

Beautiful images very colourful.

Dawning Inspiration said...

oooh - look at the bunny! How cute is that!!?! Love these!

S. Etole said...

I was intrigued with your comment about the Morden Sunset Rose being developed close to you. I have three different kinds. The Morden Blush seems the hardiest.

Willard said...

What a beautiful series, Ruth. Places like that are truly special and provide breathtaking photographic opportunities.

Ruth said...

The Red-eyed Vireo was very obliging for you! and the bunny is very endearing. I will have to remember these gardens if we ever get to Winnipeg some day.

Valerie said...

It is funny - yesterday as I sat with my youngest waiting for some fish fry's at the local restaurant, we were looking at a wall photograph that showed the progression of this particular store from the 1870 to present.

As he looked at the photo's he said "mom - how come no one ever smiles" and in the photo (a combination thru the years) there were probably 20 or so folks and of them all only one lady had a smile.

I said probably the old photos were taken when the people had to stand still for a long time and so they didn't smile.

But it is so true - even in the grocery stores when you look around - there are few smiles on the peoples faces.

Is it really more work to raise the corners of our mouths - than to let them slide down?

I try hard to make sure I work at having a smile on my face -

Your post put one there for sure today!!

Scott Law said...

This is a place with lots of photo ops. Love the bunny. I guess I could ask you the same question "where do you come up with all these gorgeous images?" As for me, I just find them lying around in my camera.

Becky said...

Awesome pictures Ruth, and I just LOVE that bunny. What a sweetie!
B.

Regina said...

How amazing and delightful! Love the snapdragons.
Thank you for sharing Ruth.
Have a wonderful new week.
Blessing both.

Friend of HK said...

Love your blog, the beautiful flowers and the cute birds, everything!

eileeninmd said...

Helo Ruth, gorgeous photos. Wonderful shots of the Vireo and the bunny. The Gardens look like a wonderful place to visit.

Sarah Knight said...

Wow! Those are beautiful photos!
: )

From the Old InkWell said...

Hi Ruth, you really got some good shots! Love that sweet bird and the little bunny nibbling on the plant is adorable! Enjoyed your awesome photography! Have a wonderful week!

Mary said...

These are amazing photos! That Vireo is so cute and that bunny at the end...wow...it really made me smile. I love those snapdragons, but all the flowers are gorgeous.

Carole Barkett said...

your thought for the day is an apt reminder and your photos make it easy to smile

Together We Save said...

Great pictures... that Goldenrod is really beautiful!

Lisa said...

Spectacular to say the very least.. I love Love the coneflower. What a beauty.
Blessing to you Ruth.

Lisa said...

PS I adore the little rabbit. He is so cute. Love the eye. Stunning photogrpahy .

Monica H said...

That sweet bunny reminds of our furry little one we just lost. I loved when he's stand on his hind legs to check things out.