Down the most innocuous looking one lane dirt road, looking as if you’ve gotten onto a service road rather than the road into a garden destination, you will find Innisfree Gardens. If not for the 15 mph signs every so often I’d have tried to find a spot to turn around. I thought to myself that the senior price was only $5 and I shouldn’t have expected much. But then you are finally in the parking area with lots of other people. Some are pulling coolers out of their cars, clearly planning to spend some time rather than just take some pictures. This sign greets you, and explains the place better than I ever could.
And yes, you roam the paths and on the grass, and at every turn there are lovely little scenes.
And of course where there are flowers there are bees, and butterflies…
But this dragonfly provided the most fun moment. I had been keeping pace with a family of several generations as they enjoyed the park. One of their group was wearing a red ball cap and a dragonfly decided to perch on it, much to the delight of her family. I had missed the moment but I told them that dragonflies always come back to the same spot, and I was going to add that I didn’t think that that would apply to the cap, except there he was again. Both he and she were quite cooperative and I appreciated the chance to capture that moment. I hope they have stuck with the blog for a couple of days because I told them I’d use the photo, but it has taken me since Saturday to do it.
The little woodpecker in the featured photo was quite a surprise. I wasn’t fast enough to catch the exchange as one adult flew into the nest and the other flew out. But I zoomed as much as I could and took a picture of the tree just in case, and I planned to explain that I could hear the babies in there chirping for food. Because I did, but what I couldn’t see until I looked at the photos in the computer was that someone was keeping a watchful eye on things. It was a small price to pay for such a lovely day.