Saturday, December 28, 2019


A few photos today – just for your eyes!
All taken in the Gardens at Waters East


 Sunrise at Gardens at Waters East - September

 Anemone - native - - - May

 Dwarf Iris - April

 Moss Rose - June

 Spirea Bush - leaves - May

Morning Glory - September

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


Beach Erosion – UPDATE

The beach at Gardens at Waters East continues to erode!!!   A previous posting on 11.26.19 showed some before and after photos of StoneWater Beach here at the Gardens at Waters East.  (You can go back to check them out )
The Lake is not being kind to many of us along its shore – but that is part of living here.  The cycles of high water come and go – this year they are exceptionally high.  The bluff that use to slant at a reasonable angle to the beach is now a steep cliff of over 60 feet high.

Here a few more photos taken this week.

 All along the shore - this is how the cliffs look today!

 The neighbor's staircase beginning to finally wash away.

 A crew trying to save the staircase yesterday.

 More of the erosion cutting into the cliff.
Notice the layers of soil built up over years of Earth's history.

 The other neighbor's staircase - 
notice the pilings are hanging out of the ground!

 Lower part of the neighbor's staircase
washed from 1/4 mile up the beach to here.

 So many trees have been lost.

Even with all of the erosion - 
there is beauty this week on StoneWater Beach!

Friday, December 20, 2019

Garden Visitors

Here are a few of the “creatures” and animals that visit 
Gardens at Waters East.

They like this place too!!! – Like ME.


 The American Eagle
Bald Eagle
This has been the favorite tree and branch for years and years of the Eagle generations.
Now the tree no longer exist because of the erosion posted some days ago  (11.26.19).
The tree has been swept away into the lake - gone forever.  It is interesting to watch the eagle searching for a new tree and branch.  It has tried out a few different ones
but has not settled on the one it wants.

 Buck in the garden in November.

 Duck eggs - May

 Goldfinch - May

 Goose on rock in May off StoneWater Beach at the gardens.

 Not very recent visitors -
a fossil of some visitors  from millions of years ago found on the beach.

on the Asian patio wall - November.

 Deer family at the main door this September.

 Rabbit visiting in June.

Another visitor from many years ago -
 a fossil found on the beach this past May.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Seeing RED

Seeing RED

It is the season where we all start seeing lots of RED.  With that in mind, I looked around the sunroom this morning to see what was blooming today.  I thought these photos might bring a little of the spirit of the holidays.  One is most interesting to me because it is doing so well in the house.



So much of the Christmas season


 Thai Pepper
Planted this as a seed in the vegetable garden this summer.
Brought it into the house in September.
It has been producing Thai Peppers for months now.
- - never thought it would do so well in the house!

group of the peppers

Monday, December 2, 2019


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





 Entrance Pot

 Maltese Cross




Sea Holly

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

EROSION - Gardens at Waters East

The shore at Gardens at Waters East has taken a real beating these last weeks.   Lake Michigan water levels are way up and so there is lots of serious erosion happening all around the lake.  Homes are falling into the lake and lots of property has been swallowed up by the waters.  Strong storms with very strong winds coming from the East have greatly increased the damage.

Here are some photos of “before” and “after” of the beach shore at the gardens.  Much of what you will see in the photos no longer exist!  It is gone!

Before the erosion and storms

You will see more of this oak tree in other photos.

 Looking North

 Looking South

 Notice the old Oak Tree

 Here is the tree once again - and the wide shore.
It is no longer here - all gone!

 All gone.
Up to the very edge of the trees you see in this photo.

The above photos were before the erosion.
Now look at what has been happening to the shore.

In earlier times!