Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A Bog Garden

My business gets crazy busy in August and September. This year is no different! 

Comments are turned off for now as I need to focus on the business. I will still continue to blog my memories during this time but I will be taking a break from beloved blog browsing.

Here I am sharing the bog garden at the Riverbanks Botanical garden.
It has become lush with great big green leaves during the steamy months here. 
Included are aquatic lotus flowers and water lilies.
The flowers are beautiful in all phases.
It is also a happy habitats for all sorts of insects.
The center of the massive leaves create puddles.
I hope you enjoyed this pretty garden as much as I have.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

City Views

Here are some city aspects I have been noticing lately.

This parking garage is near Soda City Market in Columbia, SC.
Heading towards Soda City on Main Street. 
This building has these cool towers on the street that provide up lighting on top.
A groovy building.
This triangular building edge is eye catching since it is so close to the structure next to it.
A gong! It reads "For 30 years, Marvin Cernoff, head of Columbia's Chernoff/Silver Advertising Agency, sounded a gong to celebrate creative excellence, big ideas, and success. Turn the handle, ring this gong and signal your own success!"
Some gorgeous doorways.
By the Convention Center there is a moving 9/11 tribute. 
The monument contains 2 towers to symbolize "resolve". two fallen pieces of the towers "so we never forget our fallen". The crossed beams from the WTC to remind us "we are a united nation of one".
Lastly are charming storefronts of Greenwood, SC.
An amazing job has been done here combining the old and new.
I hope you enjoyed the strolling of city streets.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The Artwork of the Cayce Riverwalk

The Cayce Riverwalk in South Carolina features 12 miles of paved pathways and wooden boardwalks. It is also part of the Three Rivers Greenway.
If you pay attention, you can spot hand carvings by artist Wade Geddings.
What is wonderful about these pieces is that they were all carved into downed trees or stumps left from downed trees.
So nature was not harmed in creating these whimsical piece for the public to enjoy.
Many of the trees were ones that fell during the historic flooding here in 2015.
There are 11 here but apparently there are 12 total. So we still have some searching to do!
A brilliant use of fallen trees.
This little guy below seems to have experienced some decay but is still adorable. They can end up under water during times of flooding.
Another piece of art along this walk is a wrought lion bench by John and Venetia Sharpe.
I hope you enjoyed this stroll.

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Riverbanks Trail

Occasionally I blog about visits to the Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens here in Columbia, SC.
While one can take a tram or walk the road between the 2 major aspects of the park, Jim and I prefer this nature walk that goes along the Saluda River, connecting the parks.
While it is paved, it is rocky in parts! I love how the designers worked with the landscape to create the trail.
Above you can see a skinny tree that is growing in the way of the path.
The trail is full of natural beauty.
With the river nearby, there are creeks with calming sounds.
One should also pay attention to their footing as not to disturb the wildlife.
Before the Botanical Gardens existed, it was discussed to turn that entire area into a historical preserve. I am glad things were designed the way they were since we now enjoy both!
As you can imagine, the sound of the river is quite soothing here.
The ruins seen along the river are that of the Saluda Factory. It was the first water powered textile mill in South Carolina which ended up being destroyed in the Civil War.
There is a log cabin in the woods here containing artifacts, information and pictures relating to the history here.
The trail is tricky and steep in parts so it is not for everyone.  
I hope you enjoyed this river trail. 

Thank you for stopping by! ~Val