We drove up Hwy 49 last weekend to meet a friend for lunch at Big Springs Gardens. It was a delightful experience. I realized that I had not been there in at least 10 years. That is unfortunate because it is one of the most tranquil places that I have ever been.
Monet Inspired Bridge
As we approached the outdoor dining area, I just had to stop and take photos of the flowers, buzzing with bugs. I’ve determined that the flowers are like bug catchers and I get to be so lucky as to have them lilt and pause for a bit, for nourishment, which leaves me able to snap a fabulous shot.
Orange Sulphur Butterfly
No nourishment here, but a metamorphosis near the pond, hidden in the grasses and leaves.
I had hoped that I would find more water lilies but it was not to be on this day. The little blue dragonflies seemed delightfully at play.
Dragonflies on the Lily Pads
Here is just a small portion of the gentle cascading falls that sits near the center of the restaurant. We were fortunate to meet and chat with the owner and designer of the gardens, Don Phillips. He feels that the gardens simply let him know what he could do to bring them into the beautiful state that they wished to be seen in.
Springs, turned into soothing falls, at the outdoor restaurant.
After lunch we went for a stroll on the grounds and found hundreds of cosmos, all being attended to by the bees.
Bumble Bee on Cosmos
I thought of my grand-daughter and how she would not have been able to sit still with all the beautiful butterflies, flitting about.
Western Meadow Fritillary
If you’ve got time, look it up on the internet and stop by Sierra City, CA some time. It’s worth the drive!