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.

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.