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A magic morning in Helena

This morning in Helena was magical. The magic part of it was that I was up, dressed, and out the door with my camera at six AM. Those who know me well know that I am not an early morning person. On the days I go to work I have to depend on an alarm clock to get me up. My natural biorhythms don't wake me up before eight AM, which for a gardener in Alabama comes close to being a sin. But every morning as I was leaving Helena on my way to work, I would look at the mists coming up from the waters of Buck Creek and promise myself that I was coming back one morning with my camera.

Today was the day, and it was worth it. I felt so good when I left Buck Creek park that I decided to stop by Joe Tucker park and walk around the lake there. Positively invigorating. Almost enough to make me an early morning person. Both of these parks are inside Helena, close to where I live. I am truly blessed.

Technically, these parks might not be considered gardens, but I think a garden is any planted area, whether tended by God or man, that lifts the spirit. So here are a few "garden" photos from this morning. More of them can be seen if you click on Buck Creek park or Joe Tucker park to the right under my Photo Galleries.


Early morning mists rise from the waters of Buck Creek.This old tree is a guardian of Buck Creek. The misty waters of Buck Creek -is that a beaver or a log? I'm not sure.This is a view of a newer section of Old Town, Helena, from Buck Creek.This body of water above the dam on Buck Creek is called Lake Davidson.a view across the lake at Joe Tucker parkThis is a great place to sit and watch the ducks at Joe Tucker park.This beaver dam can be seen from a bridge which crosses one edge of the lake at Joe Tucker park.
This gray heron lives at Joe Tucker park. Mallards also live here, and geese are regular visitors.Magic mornings to you all - Deborah

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Reader Comments (7)

Deborah, I would have loved to have been with you on your walk this morning. The mist rising off the water is so beautiful. It must have been a glorious day.

November 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah at Kilbourne Grove

What a gorgeous post! Everything look so enchanting..misty and mystical! Beauitful photogrpahy! Truly inpiring.What a lovely place! AW..I love the closeup fo the heron..gorgeous!!

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

Deborah, Kiki, thank you for your kind comments. It was a beautiful morning, and I was fortunate to capture those moments in time with my camera. My one regret, Deborah, was that I didn't have a fellow gardening soul with me to share it, but I am glad I can do that through this blog.

November 17, 2009 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

Wow! What beautiful photos!

Welcome to Blotanical! You will enjoy it here. Have you written a post about Blotanical yet? It can be a little daunting when you first get here, but ask anybody, they will usually be so happy to help you, or point you in the right direction.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJanie

Those are beautiful pictures. I love the early morning also. It is a wonderful quiet time here on the farm just as the sun comes up.

Great shots!
Have a good day.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

It is amazing how beautiful mornings are and we tend to sleep right though the best parts. I too am a late riser and whenever I do get out there early I am thrilled with how much you can fit into a day and how pretty the mornings are. Yours was especially beautiful and your pictures told that story well.

November 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

Beautiful photographs - it was worth getting up at 6am! I quite like getting up early. I love the tranquillity and that sense of having the space to take a deep breath before the world fills up with everyone else.

November 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

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