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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Weekend Outing - Cedar River (the courtyard)

I've been trying to squeeze in a tiny bit more *life* amongst trying to maintain my family/household and the ongoing busy-busy current work schedule. As part of that quest, last weekend some POBL friends and I spent a morning at the Cedar River Watershed Nature Center on a guided walk to discuss native herbs.


It is a gorgeous, slightly out-of-the-way location - with views of water and mountains (and can you believe that the vine maples are already showing some color? July feels too early for red leaves).


The center is a beautiful complex of buildings and boardwalks - all trying to integrate into their natural surroundings.


I loved these views of wild-things growing on the roofs of the various structures....


One of the coolest aspects of the courtyards were clusters of large, wooden drums they had scattered about nestled under the trees. Each drum had its own tiny, barely visible pipe that was dripping water from several feet above.


The drips must have been on computer timers or some other mechanism because they were varied and random, and the whole courtyard would echo with deep-throated percussiveness. Talk about magical and atmospheric! It was like something out of a Shakespearean fairy glen. (We discussed the possibilities of setting a similar thing up in our own backyards - but it seemed a bit beyond our capabilities).

9 comments:

Gina said...

Oh it looks like such a lovely outing. That's so interesting about the drums, I've never heard of such a thing before. How neat!

Cre8Tiva said...

tara...what a magical place...i love mountain streams...im always stop and get my feet in them like a child...it make me happy...hope you found peace and tons of inspiration there...blessings, rebecca

Joanna said...

I feel warmer and drieer for catching up on your blog already. Those drums look amzazing.

ParisBreakfasts said...

The constant drips might send me around the bend..chinese water torture :)
But otherwise all looks very bucolic and lovely.

Chris.P said...

What a great place. I love the idea of the drums. I'm a real fan of salsa bands so that idea is right up my street.

natural attrill said...

Those drums - wow! I'd love to see and hear them, what a fantastic idea.
Penny.
x

muddy red shoes said...

Brilliant looking place...and you! Thank you Tara for my lovely suprise, it arrived today and now I am sipping lovely tea, I have blogged you a thanks too, off to cook some lavender shortcake now. xx

She Who Flies said...

Beautiful shots. This place looks quite peaceful and like you might meet a fairy or two along the way :-)

Naturegirl said...

Tara the roof top garden is amazing!!
I am pleased that you are taking time out to stop and capture the world around you! hugs NG