30 Minutes in the Life: May 2019

Yes I know it says May, and it is now June, but truth is we delayed it one week so that we would all have a chance to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend.  For me it was an awesome 11 days of vacation.  5 of those days were spending in the stinking hot sun down in the Florida Keys.  Phew, when shade is at a minimum, happy hour seems to be the way to go.  But more about that another day.

For this month I wanted to continue with the San Antonio trip.  My flu that I had just before the trip left me in a funk and so I am really behind on editing. For our afternoon session of sightseeing, my brother was going to join us.  I know that he likes to visit things like Botanical Gardens and such.  So we decided to jump on the local transportation (which I highly recommend as a way to get around San Antonio), and head to the Japanese Gardens, and then on to the Botanical Gardens.  These photos were exactly 35 minutes of walking around the garden.

 

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We have a Japanese Gardens locally at home, and I know what that one is like and so my expectation was that this one would be bigger.  The one we have at home is a 2 mile walk.  It normally takes me 3 hours to get around.

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The upside of the short time frame was that we were not sure how long it would take us to get around the Botanical Gardens.

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Our first view was of the beautiful lakes with pathways going through them.

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In the water were koi, and the random ducks.

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We meandered along random pathways taking in the beautiful stonework, the rich colors of gardens.

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And were impressed by the creative building behind us.  Layers of rock had been used to build the pillars, the pathways and the bridges.

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The gardens were very peaceful and I guess we were fortunate that there were not too many people visiting at the same time as us.

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There were small waterfalls and large waterfalls.

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Amazing bridges to cross.  Each stone layered one on top of the other.

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Typical of our walk about, Richard is 10 steps ahead of Barry, and I am lagging with the camera another 10 steps behind.  There was too much that captured my attention.

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We walked past the waterfalls and slowly climbed the pathway to get a view of the area below.

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We continued to meander along this random pathway until we found our way back to the building area.

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My brother started out his career as a Civil Engineer, and he spent a good bit of time looking at the structural layout of these pillars and how each stone had been laid uniquely above the one below.

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As we walked away from the structured building I looked down below to what was probably garden storage buildings.

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Barry and I meandered along this short bridge to a deck adjacent to what appeared to be some kind of silo.

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It gave us a better view of the buildings below.

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Of course, it was hot, and so we ventured inside to get some liquid refreshments and sat for a while in the shade of the umbrellas.  We all got to try Japanese beer.

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We also had company while we were relaxing.

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I took one final lookout from the sheltered area.  The trip to the Japanese Gardens had been fun and it was definitely well worth going to visit.

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Last but not least, this was one of my favorite images of Richard, and I just felt like it had to be in black and white.

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Beers were drunk, bags packed up, we are off to the bus stop.  Next stop is the Botanical Gardens.  Look out for a blog post soon.

Thank you for joining us for another month of 30 Minutes. Just a reminder that this is a circle blog, so take some time to visit my friend Stacey Markel Photography, and see what she has for you this year.