On Wednesday four of us set off for Bloedel Reserve, a garden treasure hiding discreetly down a winding lane on Bainbridge Island. www.bloedelreserve.org. Bloedel is the sort of place that can be visited any time of year, in any weather condition, because it allows us to experience a blend of northwest natural landscape at it's finest, and the changing of the seasons in the cultivated areas of this beautiful estate.
|Leaves just beginning to turn in mid-October|
|Fallen log draped magnificently with fern|
|A glint of sunlight on a sapphire-blue lace cap hydragea|
The warmth and camraderie that abounds from sharing a beautiful day in the company of kindred spirits is a gift we must remember to give ourselves as we all go about our busy lives. Making time to enjoy the company of others helps us understand ourselves more fully. My companions on Wednesday are new friends I'm just getting to know, and learning, through our myriad differences, we share much in common.
|A beautiful trestle bridge ove a small canyon provided the perfect perch for a picture of my friends. |