Thursday, December 21, 2017


Each month Gardens at Waters East (GAWE) will post a few never before seen photos of “garden life” called - - BLOG SHOTS.  Here are the photos for this posting.

moments in the garden - - enjoy

 view from the Asian Patio - July

 Pink Mallow - July

 Middle Walk - August

 Obedient & Coneflowers - July

 Persian Coneflower - July

 Milkweed - July

 Moss Rose - June

 Peony - June

 Lake Michigan - clouds - September

 Monarda native - July

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design plus the special “Golden Principle of Design” used throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010 and May 2, 2011.

NOTE:   All photos use in this posting were taken on the property of Gardens at Waters East
unless otherwise marked.
NOTE:   Since this Blog is meant to be an accurate journal of the gardens;
no photos are “staged”, “arranged”, or ”photo-shopped” in anyway.
What is posted – is what it here.  It is what it is.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Autumn Colors #4 - Devil's Lake

Intro:  This is the Fourth in the series – Autumn Colors

 The long hike up the ridge and rocks begins -
though it does not look it at this point --
pretty difficult at times.

Humm - a friend along the way!

Devil’s Lake is Wisconsin’s largest and busiest state park, with over 10,000 acres and more than 29 miles of hiking trails.  There are some great views both in the forest and looking over the 500 foot tall bluffs at the lake.  There are also Indian Burial Mounds – a sacred site.

 Beauty in this tree.

spectacular views

The area was formed between 1.4 and 1.6 billion years ago. The rocks you walk on were here long before the dinosaurs. These rocks were part of the floor of an ancient ocean. The waves in the rock patterns are the ripple marks of that ocean bed.

About 500 million years ago a second great ocean flooded Wisconsin.  Interesting, North America was rotated 90 degrees clockwise from its present position and lay along the equator. It was then part of the southern tropics!  At a later day, about 18,000 years ago there came the Ice Age which sat here for 8,000 years.  The freezing and thawing during that period forms the rock formations such as the Devil’s Door.

 I did not check to see if anyone was home here!

 This is Devil's Door - way at the top of the climb -- 
formed by the glacier.

One last view - beautiful - now time to descend.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Seasonal Contrast - #28 Entrance Gate

Seasonal Contrast in the - Gardens at Waters East

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.  These photos are of the Entrance Gate area.  I designed and created the gate in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright.


Notice the angle design - often seen in Wright homes.

 The red, black and white "Triptych"
sits on top of a salvaged pillar from a home in Chicago.

Early Morning

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.

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