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.


Unfurling Fern


Tulips in the Rain


One of many statues found on the grounds


Each space planned with care.


Crystal Hermitage Garden overlooks the Tahoe National Forest


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.


Tulips planted and color coordinated


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


Love the way the colors pop


Such a peaceful location



Along with the tulips, the Dogwoods were blossoming.


Can you tell I like the Dogwood blossom?


More Dogwood blossoms. I prefer the white ones though.

This is a memorial to Swami Kriyananda.


Moksha Mandir (Temple of Soul Liberation)


I liked the color and shape of the Temple


A splash of coordinated color


Sunlight through the tulip


Unusual texture for a tulip


Where does this peaceful path lead?



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.