Winter at Norfolk Botanical Garden

 

On our way out of Virginia Beach yesterday we stopped into Norfolk Botanical Garden.  What an incredible Winter treat.  I’ve mentioned before the joy of seeing your local gardens in the Winter.  You may not see many blooms but what you will experience is the beauty of natural structures.  There is an inherent aesetheticsm in them.

A Yellow Flower © Britt Conley

A Yellow Flower © Britt Conley

We had been walking just a short time when we came upon this lovely yellow flower at the end of a large stalk bush.  If anyone knows what it is, let me know.  The coloring is just lovely.  The leaves were a great sage green.

Camelia © Britt Conley

Camelia © Britt Conley

The Camellias were clearly chilled but still blooming.  Norfolk Botanical Garden has a fantastic collection which I’ll do more on tomorrow.

Red Berries © Britt Conley

Red Berries © Britt Conley

There were red winter berries everywhere!  I just loved them.  These particular ones were in the Japanese Garden, which of course, was just lovely!

Ice © Britt Conley

Ice © Britt Conley

The grounds of course were icy cold but the joy of hearing every crunching step and breathing in the crisp air as we got up close and personal with nature was worth the chill.  The ice was in the Japanese Garden which was lovely despite the cold weather.  This particular garden is stunning now.  So I am quite sure it will be out of this world come Spring.  This rock fountain (below), had not iced over.  Instead the crystal clear water flowed over these lovely rocks.

The Rock Fountain in the Japanese Garden © Britt Conley

The Rock Fountain in the Japanese Garden © Britt Conley

The gardens were fantastic.  In this image below you can see just how fantastic the lake was despite the cold weather.  We just love it here!  Yet another reason to return in just a couple of  Months!

The Fountain Lake © Britt Conley

The Fountain Lake © Britt Conley

Of course the Canadian Geese just love this weather.  These two were waddling about hunting for food.

Canadian Geese © Britt Conley

Canadian Geese © Britt Conley

The big surprise in finding these Daffodils may not have been mine.  I bet they were a bit shocked to find out it’s only February!  There were several Daffodil locations and each was in full bloom.

Daffodils © Britt Conley

Daffodils © Britt Conley

The river bank also held a lovely and a colorful, Winter, Daffodil surprise.

Daffodils on the Bank © Britt Conley

Daffodils on the Bank © Britt Conley

It wasn’t far from this bank that we came upon this great bend in the path flanked on one side with bushy trees.  I’ll have to come back and shoot this.  Look for several full features on the Norfolk Botanical Garden this Spring!

The tree path © Britt Conley

The tree path © Britt Conley

One of the highlights of my Winter wanderings was coming upon this lookout tower named NATO Vista.  Despite the weather my husband and I headed up the steps and found a phenomenal view of the Bald Eagle habitat that was cordoned off as we were tromping around looking at all the camellias.

The Lookout Post © Britt Conley

The Lookout Post © Britt Conley

The view was tremendous!

The view from the lookout post © Britt Conley

The view from the lookout post © Britt Conley

There we could see a magnificent bald eagle and it’s nest.

The Bald Eagle © Britt Conley

The Bald Eagle © Britt Conley

The nest was very impressively huge.  The birds often enlarge it when they return each year.  Eagles are one of those species that have been known to return to the same site anually.

Bald Eagle Nest © Britt Conley

Bald Eagle Nest © Britt Conley

To see the Eagle live visit: http://www.wvec.com/marketplace/microsite-content/eagle-cam.html There were also telescopes on the path for those soon to be bird-watchers walkng by.  Steve and I spent at least ten minutes looking through this telescope and marveling at the Eagles behavior.

Telescope © Britt Conley

Telescope © Britt Conley

One of the amazing things I have to come back for is this waterway.  In the warmer months of the year, you can see the Botanical Garden by boat!  I bet it’s fantabulous!!!  What a great way to incorporate water and the gardens.

The waterway © Britt Conley

The waterway © Britt Conley

It may be the middle of Winter but the beauty of Norfolk Botanical Gardens shone through with ease.  I am coming back and many times.  This is a great garden destination.  I can’t wait to grab one of the boats and see it from the water!  Tomorrow we’ll see some of the Winter floral offerings at the garden.  For more information visit : http://www.norfolkbotanicalgarden.org

‘Til Tomorrow…

Britt : )

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