out and about in the springtime

I’ve been sharing plenty of nature photos lately… pictures from leisurely walks in the woods, from lazy afternoons spent wandering the gardens of Normandy or Brittany, or even those taken from the side of the road whenever I stumble upon something noteworthy traveling from point A to point B. It seems that I’ve grown much more in tune with the earth over the past several years; I’m always happy to be outside on a beautiful day learning about nature and the plants and creatures that share our planet.

One of the best purchases we’ve made over the past couple of years has been annual passes to the Parc Botanique de Haut Bretagne (Botanical Garden of Upper Brittany)… it’s quite close to our house (near the town of Fougères in Brittany), so we frequently go there to wander around for a few miles. There are some nice areas of the park to explore, and every time we go something has changed… something has grown, or matured, or been replaced. It’s peaceful, and the kids really like it. Callum especially is into plants and gardening, and can spend hours checking out the various specimins in the carnivorous plants section of the park.

We took an afternoon trip to the park yesterday, and of course I took a few pictures… and of course I’m going to share them here.

Along the garden path
Along the garden path
The river
The river, with flowering bushes along its banks
Gardens and fields
The gardens and green fields of Brittany
The Garden of the Rising Sun
An Asian-themed garden within the Parc Florale
Bamboo grove
The bamboo grove, and the fields beyond
Flowering sarracenia
The sarracenia (a type of carnivorous pitcher plant) were blooming in the carnivorous plants garden
A strange plant at the Parc Botanique
This is a strange plant that I don’t even know what it is
Tadpole
A new friend I found swimming in the pond… don’t worry, I put him back!
Some kids and a statue
A couple of random kids and a statue by the garden trail

And, in the spirit of sharing photos, here are a couple of yours truly in action…

On the mic
While I’m not usually much of an entertainer, I have occasionally been known to house the crowd
Out and about
Out and about with some friends in Avranches

2 thoughts on “out and about in the springtime

  • August 1, 2013 at 6:17 am
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    Hi Brian, looks like you are having a good time. What type of camera (phone, compact, DSLR) that you used to take these pictures? Those at the top are really nice, they almost looked like paintings.

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    • August 3, 2013 at 7:59 am
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      Thank you Wahidah! It is the same camera I had while I was in Malaysia with you – a Canon PowerShot SX130 IS. It is not bad, but it is definitely of the point-and-click variety… I have been toying with the idea of getting something a bit more powerful, with a bit more flexibility. Let me know if you have any thoughts?

      I hope all is going well with you!

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