Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Run up to Door County in Wisconsin

Took a quick run up to Door County recently.  I like that place.  So many places to visit and things to experience.  No wonder it is a tourist mecca! There are numerous nature preserves, parks, art galleries, shops, great restaurants. On past Blog postings I have shared many of these.

This trip I focused only on Cave Point with the rock formation – Niagara Escarpment – there along the edge of Lake Michigan. Then a run up to the very end of the peninsula – to the car ferry that goes to Washington Island.

Nice to get away for a few hours.

The cave created by wave action on Lake Michigan

Thimbleberry Flowers

fruit starting
samples of ripe fruit from last summer

used in jams and sauces.

Lots of kayakers - 

seems to be a growing sport in many places.

View along trail at Cave Point.

 The very "tip" of Door County

where the ferry takes one to Washington Island.

Notice how clear the water is.



I will be taking another run up to the “Door” soon.  This time to the Ridges – a very interesting UNESCO heritage sight.  Will post photos of this soon after my return.


Saturday, July 15, 2023


 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


Sunrise - July 1, 2023

Persian Coneflower


Pond Iris

Flemish Poppy



Path steps

Spider on Coneflower

Geranium - Splash Splash

Storm clouds over Lake Michigan at the gardens


Just a reminder

snow happens - March 1, 2023



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.

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Ryan Nature Preserve - Hike

Took a nature hike this week at the Ryan Nature Preserve and Park just a couple of miles from the gardens here on Lake Michigan. Have hiked that area a number of times in all seasons, but never did it in the middle of summer.

Lots of green here and there.  That is what I had expected. The foliage is really doing well, not a lot of blooming flowers now as there were in the Spring nor the colored leaves seen in Autumn.

This is the May Apple plant,
below is the May Apple

Just an opportunity to get out after many really hot and humid days.  Nice walking a number of miles, very very quite in the woods and as I said earlier – lots of green.


Beautiful blue on the fly.

Here I think someone drove a little far off the road!

Interesting moth.



Monday, July 3, 2023


 Celebrating Independence Day – July 4th.


This week the USA celebrates its independence, with that in mind, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate our colors for the USA – Red, White, and Blue with a random splash of blooms of those same colors that are living here this summer in the Gardens at Waters East.  It is sort of my “version” of the fireworks done on the 4th.