Aug 23, 2011

Point Defiance Park....

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
is only forty minutes away,
and a favorite place to spend the morning
 a couple times each summer...

(click photos to enlarge)

the parks boast lots of beautiful gardens...
my favorite being the rose :-)


the park also has a seven mile drive
that winds along the Puget Sound...

we usually bring along a lunch
 and watch the water while we eat...


the still waters of the sound,
are home to a variety of boats...


 and kayaks,

we were even lucky enough once to
spot a humpback whale...


Point Defiance is also a hub for several ferries...





and a billion barnacles also call it home....


are you ready for Roses?
of course :-)


we had a nice overnight rain....


so they are still nice and dewy....




I discovered the Matilda last year,
and fell head over heels for her....


her buds start the softest airbrushed pink....

I have tried to find her for sale at Rose Farms..
to no avail...

Matilda Rose is the late Heath Ledger's daughters name,
which is a wonderful name...
but makes it hard to find information on the actual flower....


big black bumble bees are busy at work,
this one landing gear ready....


I had to also share this two tone Hydrangea,
so soft!


the girls came along,
and did their usual thing :-)

they are five months old now,
Iris is eleven pounds and Daisy is twelve...

they actually do walk nicely,
but when you stop moving they collapse in play..
so all the photos seem to look like this....


and then there are the Pink Roses!!
my favorites...

but I will only tease you with them today,
and post them separately later this week
:-)


Today I am joining...

and

Thanks for stopping by....

16 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

So beautiful! What a lovely park to visit and enjoy the water. Your roses are exquisite and the dogs, well, they're being dogs and having fun. :-) Have a great week. Pamela

imaginelaughsmile said...

Would love to visit someday. Looks absolutely beautiful.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm glad you get a bit of sea time! The park would be a fab place to hang for awhile. Love those shots into the water! The roses are wonderful too! That Matilda rose is spectacular with the beautiful subtle color. Who wouldn't want those! Looks like your girls are keeping you on your toes. xx

Martha said...

aahhh, I love your roses! pink are my favorite too! would love to stroll through and breathe deeply as I pass through the rose garden!

NanaDiana said...

I absolutely LOVE that Matilda rose-especially the bud! Just beautiful...and so are the "girls". What a gorgeous place to visit! xo Diana

Designing Lady Jane said...

These pictures are sooo serene. You are very blessed to be able to spend time in such a gorgeous area, and so smart to take advantage of it!

Sizzle and Zoom said...

The Matilda rose looks lavender on the edges of the rose. Beautiful.

jeanetteann said...

how can we not love roses? The scenery is breathtaking too xx

Madelief said...

Dear Bella,

What a beautiful place to visit. For a Dutch city girl it's difficult to imagine seeing whales in the sea :-)! It must be very exciting. The water looks so clear too....and those roses........

Have a happy Wednesday!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

Kom Achterom said...

What a beautiful park! love it. Your roses are gourgius!
happy day
Yolanda

Light and Voices said...

I enjoyed the cyber tour of this beautiful park. You certainly have a knack for taking photos of flowers.
Joyce M

Lydia said...

Aren't roses everyone's favorite flower? At leaast while looking at them or under the spell of their fragrance?

Olga said...

What a beautiful place. I love the photo of the two tone Hydrangea, I've never seen such Hydrangeas before.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Hi Bella,
What a beautiful park....and beautiful flowers!!!
The 'girls' are so cute in their pink harnesses!

Gayle said...

Lovely reminder of one of my favorite places. I have not gone this summer to see the roses.

K @ Aurora Blythe said...

Your blog is beautifully and breathtakingly inspiring! It was a pure delight visiting with you today. Will be back soon! ;-)