Saturday, February 16, 2013

Shinzen Friendship Garden

Tucked away in a corner of Woodward Park in Fresno is a little gem called The Shinzen Friendship Garden.

While the seeds for a Japanese garden in Fresno were planted in the early 1970s, it wasn't until 1981 that it opened to the public.   Angel Island is a perfect welcome to visitors.

While the garden is bursting with flowering trees it was just a bit early to see most of them in bloom.  The Bradford Pears that are blooming all over town were one exception.

The floor of a natural wooded area was covered in a blanket of violets.  

Rocky streams do Mother Nature proud.

A meandering path leads through an area devoted completely to flowering trees.  (If you are in the area,  a visit in the next 2-3 weeks would be fabulous!).

Oh rats!  so disappointed to see a ORANGE traffic cone in the background of this shot!

The pond is full of giant koi; still, this fish bowl caught me eye.

What Japanese Garden would be complete without a arch bridge?

Behind a bamboo gate a secret path leads to the Tea House;  it's open to the public twice a year for special ceremonies.

Hugs to dear friend Raney for taking me to this lovely garden!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Grandpa Frank!

This pic was taken in mid 1940s in front of the Store at Moccasin (see gas pump?).  Happy 86th Birthday Frank Cummings (far left)!

(Have I mentioned how much I *love* having all the old pics scanned?)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Knights Ferry

Yesterday I stopped at Knights Ferry on my way home from the valley to go for a long walk, but after a lunch break my energy was lagging, so instead I wandered around the old mill and powerhouse.


Unknown photographer
(HABS collection, Library of Congress)

And now.....