Impromptu Vacation Day

Back on Sept 12, I had planned to take a vacation day, as Scott was scheduled to play in golf outing and, heck, if he got to take the day off for something fun, I was going to also. But rainy weather forced the postponement of Scott's golf outing and we all went to work. I realized earlier this week that the golf outing was rescheduled to today. So yesterday I decided to take an impromptu vacation day.

My goal - visit the various scenic places I have read about, driven by, but never had the opportunity to stop and visit.
My first destination - the Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden in Mahomet.

I bet this is fabulous when the water lilies are in bloom.

I liked the red bridge - most of the time, they are painted green or brown.

In addition to the large pond, there are several smaller water features nestled in the formal garden area:

Even though the summer plants are past their prime, many autumn plants are hitting their peak and the leaves are starting to turn.

Cool markings on a rock:

After a nice lunch at Panera, I drove to the Japan House / Arboretum / Hartley gardens on campus.

At the Japan house:

Rows of Aspens line the grounds of the arboretum:

I couldn't ask for a nicer day for my impromptu day off.

Jeannine –   – (October 3, 2008 at 7:58 PM)  

Love, love, LOVE the photos!! I admire your talent. Looks like you had a terrific day - good for you, you deserve it!

Sherry  – (October 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM)  

Shirley. I really love your photos. Seriously. I think you should take more days off and photograph. =] Not only are you lucky to have such beautiful spots to visit, but you have a great eye for catching just the right photo. Different perspectives - so cool.

Lisa Frerichs –   – (October 3, 2008 at 10:21 PM)  

Shirley....awesome photos! We have used the bridge and the Japan house area (especially the line of trees) for fammily photos the past year. You should check out for photos too. I think you and Kara have a lot in common. Take another vacation day soon....they are good for the soul.

agent713  – (October 6, 2008 at 4:52 PM)  

Fantastic shots!!! That bridge is incredible. Beautiful! I agree that you need to take more days off and just take pictures. What a treat for the eyes!

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