Our friends have been under a great deal of stress lately, so we decided to take them to Duke Gardens and hang out with the ducks and the pretty flowers. It was a beautiful day for the first of June, bright sunshine , blue sky, no humidity. We walked under a canopy of tree branches, shady and cool, around a pond filled with ducks and white swans with black necks. We sat on a stone bench and just listened to the birdsong. We all felt much more relaxed after our mini vacation from the stresses of life.
This wooded path reminded me of a poem I had written years ago while visiting poet Carl Sandburg’s home, Connemara
Follow the shady path around the pond.
Beneath the leafy canopy
I walk each summer’s day
I pause along the woodland path
and watch the shadows play
As sunlight filters through the trees
and gentle breezes kiss my face
I know I’ve found a refuge here,
A woodland home, a sacred place
And this picture of the lake brought to mind this one:
The placid waters of the lake
reflect the leaves of green
My thoughts lie calm, like waters still
my spirit is serene
I let fly loose the tension, then,
let go the stress and pain
and in my mind and in my soul
I feel at peace again.
I invite you to take a virtual tour today, let go the stress and find peace among the flowers.
A family of geese out for an afternoon swim
Swan in black and white
These hostas look like they were hand painted – I guess they were – by mother nature!