Monday, January 24, 2022

Visit to Nelson Dewey State Park on the Mississippi River

Nelson Dewey State Park is named after Wisconsin’s first governor.  It sits high up on a bluff area of the Mississippi River in southern Wisconsin with a number of overlooks for viewing the river. There are over eight miles of hiking trails and a number of Native American Indian Burial Mounds.

River barge in the distance going up the Mississippi River



The following is taken from the Dept of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:


“Long before prospectors discovered lead in southwestern Wisconsin, and Marquette and Juliet canoed the Wisconsin River, Native Americans hunted the valleys and ridges, fished the Mississippi River and raised food near their village in the shadow of the bluffs. Remains of these occupations hold clues to the lifestyles and activities of the people who lived here so long ago.

Three groups of burial mounds and two village sites have been found within the boundaries of Nelson Dewey State Park. Artifacts from the villages indicate that this area was inhabited as early as 7,000 years ago, and the oldest burial mounds in the park may be more than 2,000 years old. Most of the mounds appear to have been built between A.D. 500 and 900.”


Do Enjoy the views

This is a knot I found on a tree while hiking one of the many trails - interesting!

This tree is said to be 1,200 years old.  Growing out of the rock cliff


Monday, January 17, 2022

Joy & Sign of Hope #7

 I am calling this series – Joy & Signs of Hope.


There are not many uplifting things in the news these days, so I decided to do a little more posting on the blog.  Seeing things of beauty can bring a little joy to all of us at this time.  So, in addition to the many regular postings here, over the next months I will do my part to brighten up your day with many recent photos taken of the beauty that lives here all year, Spring through Winter in the Gardens at Waters East.

I am calling these special postings – Joy & Signs of Hope.


Hope this helps!


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Tree Bark - - Interesting

Over the last few months, I have taken a number of walks down area paths and trails.  In time I started to look even more closely than normal at the trees along the way.  There are so many textures of bark on trees, fascinating.  I wonder why the trees have developed their particular forms of the bark.  What is the reason for all the variations? Do you know the names of the trees in this post?


Here are a few, there will be many more in the months ahead.


Do enjoy the walk.


 Beginning the walk along a path.

This bark is most interesting to me.

The walk will continue in a few weeks,
more trees to experience!

Monday, January 3, 2022

Review of Gardens at Waters East 2021

Doing a review of this past year (2021) became a more difficult task than I thought it would be.  There are literally hundreds and hundreds of photos taken at the Gardens at Waters East this past year so I thought it would be easy to choose photos for this posting – NOT!  There are so many that I decided to post a mixture of different kinds of subjects to show some of the interest I find here in the gardens.


Do enjoy - - -  especially the bugs!


Everyday the sunrises bring me lots of joy.

Love photos of clouds.

One of the more than 400 different day lilies

 that have been hybridized at the

Gardens at Waters East

a resident

the last blooming flower of the year

Native Cup Flower

a November sunrise with a ship passing on the horizon

Tuesday, December 21, 2021



The poinsettia has been a popular Christmas flower for many years.  The most common color is red, however as you know if you have looked around at the many homes and offices that are decorated this time of year, the colors in recent years almost seem unlimited nowadays. There are over 100 cultivated varieties of poinsettia that have been patented.  That is a lot!


Poinsettia – “Champagne”


Poinsettia plants are indigenous to Mexico and Central America, known as flor de Nochebuena  - “Christmas Eve Flower” which was first described by Europeans in 1834.  It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States minister to Mexico who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s.





After this past Christmas season, I saved the plant I purchased for those holidays (2020), trimmed back its leaves then planted it out in the gardens this summer (2021), brought it back into the house this last September, and it began blooming once again in November. This is what you see here in this posting.

Late November


One could say I am frugal or even cheap, I rather call myself a “plantsman” who likes to experiment to see if he can get the Poinsettia to bloom another year!









Saturday, December 18, 2021

Seasonal Contrast - ravine - #21

Postings in this ongoing series will show the same garden “area” and “objects” at two or more different times / seasons of the year.  The contrast will offer the viewer an appreciation of the beauty found in the same spot but in different months.  Some of the photos have never been seen before, others were collected from earlier postings in order to provide the needed contrast.  Each season has its own “feeling”, has its own beauty.


This series focuses on what I call the South Ravine.  It is the area at the southern edge of the garden area, a deep ravine that leads into the shore of the lake.
















Reference Note:  If you check out the archives for this Blog, you will find a number of “contrast” postings in this series.  All help in understanding the gardens throughout the year.


NOTE:  All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East.