At the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the beds of beautiful flowers with their snappy color combinations would be enough to please most people. However, what makes these gardens really special is the attention that has been paid to the aesthetics of place—the use of stone, water, and sculpture. I know it is hyperbole to call any place magical, but the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens really fits that description. Going through these gardens and taking pictures becomes a sort of mediation, a celebration of the beautiful now.
Here are some pictures of the sculpture at the Botanical Gardens. They only give the barest glimpse of what it’s like to be there and walk along the pathways with the drifts of flower, the expanse of blue sky all around, the many, many pieces of art, the dappled shade, and the solid yet lovely stonework.
Readers, there is only one solution. If you live within driving distance, go visit these gardens and see for yourself. If you don’t live within driving distance, then you can follow Botanical Gardens online.
A wonderful interlude, but now it’s back to Maya and the Book of Everything. I have a deadline of August 3 to get certain materials ready, and I am making good progress.
Yesterday’s post featured close-ups of the many delights at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Today I’ll give a longer view of this lovely place. Eliza and I arrived at about 11:00 a.m. and didn’t leave until about 4:30 p.m. As I have mentioned previously, we were the perfect companions for this outing. I had my wee wonder of a camera, and Eliza had her larger Canon.
Here’s how it went. We’d take a few steps, stop, snap some pictures, and repeat. For someone not as enthused about taking pictures as we were, it would have been excruciatingly slow. But the pace was just right for the two of us.
As I was going through my pictures this morning, I realized that a third post was in order to highlight the wonderful sculptures in this garden. The sculptures are so fine and so integral to the look and feel of the place that they deserve their own space on this blog.
But for today, here is a broader sweep of flowers, sky, water, and stone.
On Tuesday, my blog friend Eliza Waters came to visit for a couple of days, and on Wednesday, we made a pilgrimage to Boothbay Harbor to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Oh, what a time we had! Tomorrow, I’ll write more about the gardens and also about how cool it was to meet Eliza in person. However, if there was one word I could use to describe her visit and our trip to Boothbay, it would be “perfect”—perfect weather, perfect sunlight, perfect company, and perfect pictures. Now, how often do we get such perfect days?
I took a lot of pictures, and as I don’t want to be too overwhelming with the photos, I’m going to divide them between two posts. Today’s will feature what I refer to as petite pictures, where the subjects are up close and often cropped. For some reason, the petite photos are my favorite kind to take. (I do, of course, admire landscape shots, too.)
Tomorrow, I’ll write more about the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and feature broader shots of this beautiful place.
But for now, here are my petite photos.