Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #143 Colorful April

Amy reminds us that “When winter melts away, spring brings a new beginning; colors begin to awaken under the warm sunlight, April showers, and gentle wind.” So our theme for this week is “Colorful April”.

Tulips abound at Crystal Hermitage Garden. It has been some time since I visited. This used to be an annual visit. Darn CoVid 19 gets in the way. Such a peaceful place set in “Gold Country”.

Colorful tulip path

Another place I used to visit was Daffodil Hill in Amador County. Its popularity caused this traditional Spring shoot to close. About six years ago I visited during a cloudy weekday. The daffodils provided a backdrop for the Seeing Eye puppy Labrador retrievers out for a day with their puppy raisers. The

These puppies have no problem posing!

2019 was the last year this family opened up this “gem” to the public. Hidden away the roads were not equiped to handle the traffic.

The last flower of the spring that I just love to photograph is the California poppy. Last weekend some friends headed up to search for a field of orange. Found these beauties in flower pots in Sutter Creek, and not in the wild as I had hoped.

California poppies showing off their bright orange color.

Spring has sprung here in Northern California. I would just love this mild enjoyable weather to stick around for a while!

Take Time and Stop

There is something to taking time to stop and smell the roses!” So as I take time, I will share some of my recent photographs of nature.

In the spring my photo group takes a trip north of Nevada City to Crystal Hermitage Garden. I am lucky to have this beautiful space so close to home. I make this an annual visit in the Spring and have blogged about this peaceful place before.

Tip Toe through the Tulips
Springtime at Crystal Hermitage Garden
Purple Hyacinth
Mt. Fuji Cherry Tree
Lake Tah

Pareidolia is the science behind seeing faces in everyday objects. I am particularly drawn to this type of photography. What does this say about me?

Who is looking down on you?
Peeking!
Just a splash of color contrasts with the rough texture.

Hope you enjoyed this natural pause in the day.

Finding Beauty in Nature

I wrote this post in April. Saved the draft, and stuff got in the way. Now in mid June with a moment to spare, and the weather heating up in Sacramento I am ready to share. My next post will address some of what has been going on in my life. My picture taking continued, but my blog did not.

Plenty of discouraging things to read about in the newspaper. So on Tuesdays my CTT group heads out to discover natural beauty. Plenty of rain filled the rivers, streams and creeks. The landscape is covered with brightly colored flowers upon a green backdrop.

Checking the forecast is part of the planning stage. So far the rain has found us while we were out shooting, but it didn’t derail our plans. Once we planned an indoor activity, just to discover the sun. You just never know.

It is good for me to get out with camera in hand and away from fb, phone, and internet. Sometime I find it fun to explore new places, and sometimes my return visit takes place at a different time of year. Anyway I always look for new ways to see things.

This a return trip to Crystal Hermitage Garden. Located north of Nevada City, Ca. I visited the Ananda Retreat last year. Then the sun was shining and the tulips were open. My return trip found us shooting in the rain. This is such a peaceful place, and the beauty was not diminished by the weather.

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Unfurling Fern

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Tulips in the Rain

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One of many statues found on the grounds

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Each space planned with care.

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Crystal Hermitage Garden overlooks the Tahoe National Forest

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Stand up to the rain, and be colorful!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Ananda’s Crystal Hermitage Gardens

Two months ago I visited Ananda Village. It is located in Nevada City, Ca. This place of natural beauty is a hidden gem in Northern California. According to the literature provided, “Ananda started in the late 1960s by Swami Kriyananda. It is one of the longest existing cooperative spiritual communities in the world and is home to about 250 on 800 acres.

The garden began in the 1980’s and the day I visited the tulips were putting on a show. Just take a look.

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Tulips planted and color coordinated

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Planted over a few months so that the blooming season is extended.

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Love the way the colors pop

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Such a peaceful location

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Along with the tulips, the Dogwoods were blossoming.

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Can you tell I like the Dogwood blossom?

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More Dogwood blossoms. I prefer the white ones though.

This is a memorial to Swami Kriyananda.

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Moksha Mandir (Temple of Soul Liberation)

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I liked the color and shape of the Temple

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A splash of coordinated color

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Sunlight through the tulip

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Unusual texture for a tulip

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Where does this peaceful path lead?

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Serenity

Swami Kriyananda wrote,”Increasingly I was coming to see Crystal Hermitage (in terms of) light, space and harmony.” “Everywhere, I decided, there should be a sense of space, of expansion. Everyone who came here should be blessed with a feeling of peace and of joyful harmony.”  I think he succeeded.