Returning to the source is serenity.~Lao Tze
Feeling stressed? It’s time for a little serenity.
I’ve got the perfect solution. Let’s take a walk to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne. As we head towards the Yarra River, you can glimpse a band of greenery southwest of the city center. We’ll keep walking until we get to the garden gates.
And joy is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass; in the blue serenity of the sky.~Rabindranath Tagore
Nature is never other than serene even in a thunderstorm.~Frank Lloyd Wright
The garden is home to 50,000 individual plants from 8,500 different species, which are stunningly beautiful. Native plants are divided into sections like the New Zealand Collection, Roses, the Southern China Collection, and the Viburnum Collection.
There is a serene and settled majesty to woodland scenery that enters into the soul and delights and elevates it, and fills it with noble inclinations.~Washington Irving
We’ll pause by the Ornamental Lake, where people are having a picnic lunch on the lawn. The setting is idyllic, don’t you agree?
It is the stillness that will save and transform the world.~Eckhart Tolle
Speaking of lunch, we are both hungry. So, we walk a little further to the Terrace Cafe and sit outside where there is a view of the lake. While we eat, we enjoy the breathtaking water lilies and watch the gondolas glide by. The punters are dressed in Victorian-era costumes, which highlight the feeling that we’re stepping back to a quieter, more genteel time. As we linger over lunch, we resist the temptation to look at our cell phones. It’s enough, sometimes, just to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment.
Serenity is not just an escape, but a precursor to acceptance, courage, wisdom, and change.~Bill Crawford
Later that afternoon, we notice a little rest house nestled amidst the trees. We both laugh. It reminds us of a cottage out of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It confirms our feeling that this place is magical.
The serenity of the gardens lingers even as we leave the park and head back to the city. You and I agree that the gardens are a beautiful respite from the frenzy of modern life and vow to return soon. We also recognize the importance of finding serenity within–no matter where we are.
A special thanks to Tina for inspiring us this week to explore “Serenity” for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #52. Her theme has given me a great “excuse” to re-visit our trip to Melbourne earlier this year. As you can see, it’s a fabulous city with many cultural treasures.
Before you leave, Ann-Christine, Amy, Tina, and I have have an important announcement:
PLEASE NOTE: We are hosting a special Lens-Artists post at noon EST next Saturday, July 6th, to celebrate the one year anniversary of our Lens-Artists challenge. Please be sure to check on posts from Ann-Christine, Amy, Tina and me as we publish special posts to mark the occasion. We look forward to seeing you then.
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