Finally – signs this wretched pandemic is winding down!
Vax’d and masked, I recently wandered the newly re-opened J. C. Raulston Arboretum on a fine spring afternoon with my BFF. I hadn’t seen her *IN PERSON* for nearly 14 months!
Join me on a photo walk to reset your lockdown life with sights and signs of hope from spring 2021.
I once led Sunday tours around this free-to-the-public 10-acre arboretum and botanical garden. It's an oasis tucked behind a busy street in Raleigh, NC, that's administered by North Carolina State University. But the arb has been closed per our state’s pandemic guidelines for more than a year, and I’ve missed it!
This is a magical place,
where you can walk on water …
Get married in the White Garden gazebo …
Check out a bee hotel …
Or just enjoy being outside in nature
and out of lockdown
on a perfect spring afternoon.
More than 200 dedicated volunteers
maintain the garden’s nearly
5,000 different kinds of plants
collected from around the world.
Today is even more special because
I’m meeting my BFF at the arb,
and it’s the first time we’ve met face-to-face in more than 14 months!
We’re still masked,
as everyone must be on state property,
but we don’t care.
It’s sheer joy catching up IRT and strolling together.
We chatter away,
passing happy daffodils
watched over by a towering green giant,
who waves at us with massive, outstretched limbs.
I think the gardens are just as happy to see us
as we are to see them -:D
the green giant’s pal, Cousin Itt,
nods with approval ...
as merry waterfalls dance for visitors.
Looking up …
Bending close …
or looking down …
you never know
what you’ll discover
around any corner
at the arboretum.
I hope you’re finding signs of your #BackToNormal life, too. If so, please share in the comments. We're all eager for good news and hope -:D
photos: by Cat Michaels
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