Autumn Morning

 Earth laughs in flowers-Ralph Waldo Emerson

The San Antonio Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite places in town. Before Covid, I would frequently visit this beautiful place. At that time, the garden was undergoing major renovations. One of my Meemaw friends recently visited the gardens, and recommended that we meet there once again. Covid precautions are in place at the Gardens. It is a bit difficult talking and walking at a distance, while wearing masks, but we did it. And it was well worth it.
The renovations are complete, and the gardens are more beautiful than ever. We were surrounded by autumn colors and natural designs. We saw the reddest, chubbiest Cardinals we have ever seen. I was able to capture two photos of Monarchs. At this time, the garden is having an exhibition of origami sculptures by Keven and Jennifer Box, and Robert J. Lang. The lifecycle of a butterfly sculpture was amazing. There was also one of a buffalo with a bird on it’s back. I could not get close enough for a photo on this one because the gardeners were working in the area.
Hearing the “earth laugh in flowers” gave me a little more hope about getting through this seemingly never-ending pandemic and this troubled political time.

10 thoughts on “Autumn Morning

  1. This is awesome! I am so glad you got to visit the Botanical Gardens! When I lived in Houston we’d go to San Antonio all the time (too bad I did not know you then but you were probably busy teaching then and who knows if this blogging technology existed yet!) but I never visited there. I love the origami!

  2. Wow, this looks like such a wonderful place. I LOVE the origami sculptures. Can you tell me what they are made from? And I saw asters, we have them in PA, too! A seasonal favorite of mine. The overall look of the gardens reminds me of an arboretum I visited in Santa Cruz CA about 15 years ago. I was very taken by the desert plants, which most of the garden was there, because it was the native vegetation and so different from my own area. I think this would be a great spot for repeat visits to see how it evolves with the seasons.

    1. They describe the materials as “museum quality metal”. One of the sculptures showed the process of making an origami airplane. It looked like a plane taking flight. On closer inspection, each part was a step in the origami process of making an airplane.

      1. Wow, that is interesting. It is making me think of some sculptures in the outside garden of a small local museum near me. That same sense of folding that I really like.

    2. Each region of Texas is represented in our gardens. That is one of the things I like about it. I feel like I am traveling the state. In the spring, there is a Walk Across Texas event right before Fiesta. Of course, it was cancelled this year.

  3. I so enjoyed accompanying you on your morning walk through your photographs. Beautiful flowers and most impressive origami sculptures. Thank you for sharing your delights. Am so glad you can now return to the gardens

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