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Bob Woodruff Park, Plano – South Pavilion

No sun, but still a Sunday!


Parking lot panorama


Peaceful pavilion


Feeling grove-y


How old is the tree at left? Hint: At least as old as the U.S. constitution


225+ years. Wow!


Bob Woodruff Park, Plano – North Pavilion


Bob Woodruff Park, Plano – North Pavilion


It’s a Sun-day!


Wakey, wakey


Behold a bunch of Bob Ross do’s.


Plan a party.


Enjoy the pier and now.


Jog the 0.9-mile trail around the lake.


Have a beautiful day!

These shots are all from the North Pavilion side of Bob Woodruff Park. Here’s a location map. As I was driving home, a gorgeous grove by the South Pavilion called to me, but my to-do list was louder. Stay tuned for a separate post with photos.

Added 27 November 2016: Bob Woodruff Park, Plano – South Pavilion

Lovely La Villita

One of my favorite places in DFW is La Villita in Irving. A lake glistens at its center, and the Trinity River flows less than a quarter mile to the east. You’ll see migratory Canada geese form giant Vs in the sky in the fall and again in the spring.


Check out the townhouses west of the lake …


and the houses east of it.

I lived in an apartment complex on the south side of the lake. Nature was very much a part of La Villita. Dozens of cedar waxwings chose the trees I could see from my balcony to sun themselves one spring morning. Another time, heavy rain brought an enormous number of egrets to the river nearby. I go back now and then to take in the calming effect of the lake and the Tuscan colors around it.

Then a short walk to Campion Trail to sit by the river under this grand, cooling, grounding tree (leftmost in pic below) after last month’s lunch appointment in Irving.


Walk by La Villita’s play/picnic area to Campion Trail, which flanks the Trinity River.


Strength, grace, infinite intelligence

Wabi-sabi – Mother Nature whittles while she works

On a recent hike I picked up a twig. Click on any photo to enlarge.

The noun twig means “a small shoot or branch” but the verb means “notice, observe.” [Thanks, Merriam-Webster!] I stopped mid-hike to twig the twig’s

knobby nodes, gorgeous grooves and cool cross-hatching

and marvel at its cabled core.

Wabi-sabi represents a Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. (Paraphrased from this excellent Wiki article on the subject.)

rough. impermanent. beautiful.

Wabi-sabi brought to you by Mother Nature.

Seasonal tree-tise

When I was looking for a new apartment in March, I found one I really liked. The leasing agent pointed to a grove of trees across the street from my future unit. I saw leafless branches jabbing the winter sky like so many upended pitchforks. She said the grove would be beautiful in the spring. She was right.

Look at that lush swath of green. Home to songbirds that offer sweet tweets.


April 9, 2011

Here’s a picture taken a couple weeks ago. Fall colors–from my balcony! I’m tickled pink.


December 4, 2011

I love looking at the baby cottonwood–it’s the yellow tree in the foreground. Because its delicate leaves shimmy and shake at the slightest breeze, it catches the light, twinkles in the daytime, and offers soothing rustle-therapy.

Here’s a picture taken today. The cottonwood has shed its yellow coat, but the taller deciduous trees haven’t attained pitchfork status just yet.


December 23, 2011

I made a collage of the previous three photos. Not going to name my favorite season, but I think you can figure it out. 🙂

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