Laurelwood Arboretum

I don’t feel I can strictly call this a post; we went to a local arboretum this weekend, and I just wanted to share some of the sights.

It was a thought my wife had; we’d been trying to find this place for some time. We knew exactly where it was, but each and every time I failed to find the entrance to the place. Needless to say, we had a huge fight, and naturally she was right.

So all I really want to say is, I’m sorry, darling wife, and I hope these pictures help make up for it. This was a beautiful place you took us to.

Thank you!

As the name suggests, there were trees. They were awfully tall.


Flowers they had, also. I will apologize here and say I know nothing about flowers, other than they’re pretty. If you know the names of any of these, let me know!


Isn’t this a funky little guy? He looks sneaky, like he’s trying to tap you on the other shoulder as you walk past.


Some of the colors were wonderful beyond description.


Even the purest white was dazzling, and radiant.


Fire and passion, embodied in petal and pollen.


The day was beautiful; azure skies and wisps of white, and greenery all around.


A wonderful fountain, in a pond of green.


Each path, large and small, was individually named; Dorothy led us to Hickory Hill.


Ducky girls day out. They certainly enjoyed the pond scum.


Many critters there were, also; isn’t this little lady beautiful?


Small and unnoticed, the busy fellows who make this all possible.


I am astounded by the dragon’s wings – ephemeral, almost non-existent, and suddenly this gorgeous streak through the very center.


Champion of the winged creatures, at first it looked like a shine of silver and blue. Look closer, and see the hundreds of minute spots that make up her beauty.


And finally…quiet, still, tucked away in the glen and hiding in the shadows, the most precious sight of all. Across the stream, we gazed upon each other, and I’m certain she knew I meant no harm.


10 thoughts on “Laurelwood Arboretum

    • You know what? It kind of is! It’s nice to that, in the middle of urbanized New Jersey, there are still these little havens of nature. There are some wonderful woods near our house that I like to go walking in, but this arboretum really had some special things. It was a great afternoon.

    • Thank you! Isn’t that fawn just beautiful? These are the things that make a thousand photos worth it. If I’d taken only that one, I’d have been happy. To have captured so many sights of beauty – it was really quite special.

    • Thank you! I feel very much the same – I very much like escaping from the constant bombardment of technology and information and stress…there’s something infinitely reassuring about a vast, empty field, or an endless wood. A sort of reminder that, in the grand scheme of things, our problems aren’t really that big of a deal.

      Just wait for some of my daily photos in August!

    • Isn’t that butterfly awesome? It kept flying away from me; I think it was camera shy. Eventually, I took about ten minutes just to creep up on it, one step at a time, taking pictures all the way in case it flew off. In the end, I was able to get close enough to fill the camera frame, and got some amazing detail out of it.

      A beautiful thing.

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