Sunday in the garden

In the Costa Rica greenhouse garden. Cleveland Botanical Garden.

I have gone back to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, sorting through some more of the photos I took over a week ago during my last visit.  It’s another beautiful day here in the Bogs and I could bring you photos from today, but I wanted to finish going through the Orchid Mania images before starting on something new.

Thank you for all your well wishes yesterday.  They must have worked.  I’m feeling much better today.  In fact, I’m feeling so much better that M and I went out for our first bike ride of the season. It’s amazing how much a little improvement in a cold feels like a lot of improvement.  A good night’s sleep helps, too.

We went to a nearby rail trail and put in 9 miles.  That’s not too bad for our first bicycle outing, and for someone who is still dealing with a cold.

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.

~ Elizabeth West

I’m not sure I agree entirely with that quote (there are some positive things to be said for progress), but Ms. West does have some good points.

I like that I can travel farther and faster on a bicycle without missing the world I’m passing through.  I like the feel of wind even on a day when there is no breeze.  I like exercising my body, my balance, and my mind as I pedal.

Pedaling by the neighborhood barn.

I changed my mind and decided to bring you a couple of photos from today.  The one just above was altered in Picnik to make it look like it was taken while I was in motion.  Truthfully, I’m not a good enough rider to pedal and shoot, nor do I think it’s wise to pedal and shoot.  Unless someone else is doing the steering, it seems to me a good idea to be paying attention to where I’m going when I’m in motion.  The image is not from our bike ride today, either.  It’s from the walk I took around the neighborhood after the bike ride.  I always feel a need to walk or hike a little after a bike ride.  I’m hoping that one of these days I can ride far enough to be able to go to a local park where I can lock up the bike, take a hike, and then ride back.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  It’s been cloudy with sunny spells today with rain in the forecast, but no rain so far.  There are some thunderstorms off to our west, but they seem to be heading more north than east so I’m not sure they’ll get here anytime soon, if at all.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you’ve had a most enjoyable Sunday.


21 Comments on “Sunday in the garden”

  1. So glad to hear you are feeling better, Robin. These photos are lovely. Hope the rest of your weekend is restful.

  2. Kathy says:

    Sunday in the garden…so lovely. A bike ride…so lovely. Your photos….so lovely. I am glad that you are feeling as perky as Spring today, Robin.

  3. Riding a bike is magic! Great pictures.

  4. Joanne says:

    You had me just a tad worried with that barn photo Robin! Aren’t you clever? Isn’t picnik clever? I don’t think I would ever tire of seeing colourful orchid photos like these either. 🙂

  5. I am happy you’re feeling better, Robin! The photos you have posted make me feel better too, and I wasn’t feeling too shabby to begin with! I love your work.

  6. we should have stopped after we invented the bicycle. love that. So glad you are out and about.

  7. ~mimo~ says:

    Beautiful imagery Robin! Glad you are better!

  8. Chloe says:

    these are beauitful

  9. More fantastic orchid photos! I finally made it over there today – thanks so much for the tip 🙂

  10. I love taking bike rides!! It’s surely one of the happiest ways to explore the world! 🙂

  11. aFrankAngle says:

    With the weather we’ve been having, your trip to the botanical garden has made summer even closer.

  12. Coming East says:

    Loved the photo, especially the last one of the barn.

  13. Glad to hear you’re feeling better, and so glad you shared more orchid pictures… they’re beautiful!

  14. giselzitrone says:

    Beautififul Fotos wunderschön Grüsse und wünsche eine gute Woche Herzlicher Gruss und einen schönen Tag Gislinde.

  15. ceceliafutch says:

    Lovely photos. I hope to get to the Botanical Gardens this week, before the orchids are gone. And the barn? Lovely. I love old barns. Glad to hear that you are feeling better. 🙂

  16. Always good to get out in the fresh air eh.. Glad you’re feeling better Robin…Wonderful shots as always.. and that barn looks particularly interesting… 😉

    • Robin says:

      That barn looks VERY interesting, Brian. I’m going to have to work up the nerve (I’m shy) to go talk with the man who owns it and see if he’ll let me get a little closer than the street to photograph it. Right now there are some beautiful forsythia bushes flowering in front of it.

  17. Isn’t it amazing how little words of encouragement here can make you feel instantly better? I’m so glad you are! Must have been the “four day cold” that I had last week!

  18. Dana says:

    I love riding my bike, too! Marty has always said that you can see so much more on a bicycle than you can ever see on foot (can’t cover as much distance) or by car (speed by the surroundings too fast). Glad to hear you are feeling better, Robin.

  19. Robin says:

    I am so far behind in answering comments on my blog. My apologies. I do read all of your comments, but haven’t had time to answer them. Thank you to each and every one of you for taking the time to visit and to comment. 🙂

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