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"Where the Sky Meets the Water"

If there is a Heaven, it must look like Welkinweir.

Today my nature-walking group sauntered through Welkinweir (translation: "Where the sky meets the water"), a lovely 197-acre sanctuary that is a hidden gem of Chester County. The former estate of the Rodebaughs, founding members of the Green Valleys Association, Welkinweir is a feast for the senses; set out on the trail and you'll see the beauty of ponds and flowers, hear birdsong in the woods, and taste the sweetness of honeysuckle.

Astoundingly, we were there for more than two hours but never saw another soul!

So we had Heaven all to ourselves, and we made the most of it. Here are some of the moments we shared:

Echinacea (some types are used in herbal medicines)


Yarrow


One of Welkinweir's seven ponds


Water lily


Reflections of the past: The Rodebaugh house


Simply beautiful


Trees in the arboretum




Nature's glories at every turn







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Comments

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 23rd, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Wow, great pictures! It looks fantastic. I've never heard of it, so I clicked on your link and now I've decided I must go and check it out! Thanks!

-Lori
ext_106343
Jun. 23rd, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Great Photos
Thank you for the kind comment on my blog and the add on your blog roll. As soon as I figure out how, I'll add your blog link to mine.
I enjoyed your photographs- especially the tree with the wonderful low limb.

Warmly,
Christina
basykes
Jun. 24th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
I loved your photos. We were doing our own bit of nature-walking yesterday at the Mendocino Botanical garden, which wends its way through manicured gardens and wilder woodsy areas all the way out to an ocean overlook. My pix are here: http://flickr.com/photos/basykes/sets/72157605779882244/
(Anonymous)
Jun. 25th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I love the tree shots. I'm so drawn to trees. Don't laugh, but I touch them, hug them, talk to them. And, if I open myself up to it, they talk back. I know, I'm a freak.
Glad you are rejuvenated!
(Anonymous)
Jun. 26th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Breath-taking Linda. Amazing place. Makes me want to plan a vacation to your neck of the woods just so I can see that place in person...

(Midwestern Mommy)
(Anonymous)
Jun. 26th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
there's an arboretum (sp?) here in the Philly area that I've been wanting to get to but I haven't. I can't remember the name at the moment, though.

Great pictures!!!


Teri
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