Sometimes we look at sights in nature but don't really see. While hiking in the woods the other day, it became a realization that we need to open our heart and eyes to see the beauty of the simple things in nature with each season. There is so much order and purpose in His creation. God has given us awesome beauty in this world to see and enjoy... if we would but stop to see and feel it. Join us as this blog is about stopping to see the real beauty around touch and feel it... "Through the Lens".

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Peaceful Day …


I told Mike that if we are not able to travel very far at this time, we were certainly blessed to have Callaway Gardens very nearby.  It is only a mere 15 miles from our house in LaGrange and we hold a seasonal pass. 


The disappointment of having to change our plans from full-timing to part-timing was so huge for us.   We certainly know our friends reading this blog will definitely understand. No need to preach to the choir now is there???  Well anyway, as they say when God closes one door He opens another.  For us that door was in the way of Callaway Gardens.  For folks like us that love the outdoors and nature, it is a true blessing.  Add to that the love of photo opportunities…well, there you have it. 


                     This is a close up of a Mt. Laurel bloom

Monday we decided to spend some quiet time together just walking and enjoying!  The azaleas, for the most part, have completed their thing for this season.  They were just gorgeous!!  But nature always seems to have something to offer during every season of the year.  We found a few things to share on this visit.  Hope you enjoy!! 






               We always stop at this bench that overlooks the pond on the trail.


                                    This above is a bloom of a Native Azalea



We can never go to Callaway Gardens without stopping at the Chapel and just sitting there in such a serene environment.



  1. Beautiful pictures and beautiful post, Gerri!

  2. How nice to be so close ...That is a very lovely and serene place to collect your thoughts and be thankful for all we have...Thanks for sharing.

  3. Such a beautiful place and gorgeous photos, as always. Thanks for sharing.

  4. We saw the Mountain Laurel not yet in bloom when we were. Thanks for the close up of the flowers. It is the state flower of Pennsylvania. We're so glad you have Callaway, too!

  5. Although you had to change your full time RVing plans, you are lucky to be living in such a lovely area. Your photos were beautiful, as always.

  6. sounds like you and Mike are embracing all that surrounds you!..great day for a walk on the trails!

  7. Your photos and words always leave me with a sense that Ellie and I really need to visit Callaway Gardens. Thanks for this wonderful post!

    John and Ellen

  8. The picture of the chapel is beautiful. Such a peaceful feeling to it. Sorry you're not able to go fulltiming at this time. But glad you can do it parttime. Who knows where things will lead for you. Enjoy the adventure!


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