It was very hot for a portion of this week, with temperatures climbing toward the hundred degree mark, and to cool off a little I went over to one of my favorite places--the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Despite the summer heat, the garden was full of lovely flowers, as you can see from the photo collage I made of the various pink blooms that I saw. (All photos will enlarge if clicked on twice)
There are so many wonderful large shade trees in the garden......
....and quiet cool paths to walk along...
....so my visit was enjoyable, despite the heat.
Just look at this beautiful large tree!
The information plaque says it is a"Weeping Beech" tree
Of course I could not resist walking inside, where the cool shade was delightful!
I sat for awhile and read a book I brought along to the garden, but of course I waited till Mr.Robin flew on his way!
This is another rare tree in the garden. It is a "Weeping Hemlock" tree. The tree branches hang down instead of growing straight due to a mutation.
I even saw a cherry tree full of fruit. The birds were enjoying this tree!
The Japanese Hill Pond and Garden, located inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, is one of the oldest and most visited Japanese-inspired gardens outside Japan. It was also cool and quiet on the day I visited. If you missed my post about this beautiful area in spring, when the cherry trees are in blossom, click here to read it.
The Japanese Hill Pond contains a gurgling waterfall, which is a wonderfully cool and calming sound to listen to while I strolled along this section of the garden.
The koi fish in the pond may have been staying low in the water because of the heat....
...but I was amused to see this bird drying off his wings after he took a dip in the pond.
It was a peaceful way to enjoy the afternoon, without the usual weekend crowds, and to cool off a little in a natural setting. I took many more photos of flowers, of course, so I'll be sharing them along the way in the future! Stay cool and enjoy this last week of July!
I'm linking this post to Beverly's "Pink Saturday" at her blog How Sweet The Sound, and to Susan's "Outdoor Wednesday" event on her blog A Southern Daydreamer. Please visit these wonderful blog and enjoy all the wonderful photos of the blogs participating in the events.