At the Arboretum

Hello sweet people!  Well, here we are…the last official day of summer.  Boo hoo!  Knowing it’s time to move on from the sights of summer towards thoughts of fall, I thought I’d put up a few photos that I took a couple of weeks ago at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.  I went with my mom, sister and kids to capture a few final summer photos and have a little fun in the sun.  Really, I should say fun in the rain since it starting pouring the minute we got there…it got better as the day went on though.
The Arboretum has more than 1,100 acres of pure prettiness, with plenty of walking trails to take it all in.  I would’ve have loved to have gotten more pictures, but my people sometimes get annoyed if I stop for photos.  I feel like I have to be sneaky about it…when they turn their heads or start walking away I quick move into position and snap a few shots.  I’m thinking that I need to go back ALONE!
Can you spot the butterfly in this one?
Okay, feast your eyes on this!  Is this vine structure cool or what?!  It’s quite large.  You can walk inside of it and it’s divided up into room-like areas with windows.  I really, really, wanted a photo of the flowers looking through one of the windows, but my daughter was getting crabby with a capital C.  Yet another reason to go alone 🙂
I can’t believe this is the only post I’ve done this week and I’m so behind in my visiting too.  I’ve been really busy with a variety of things…we refinanced our house, my daughter started preschool, the kids started back with their church classes and a little of this and that.  Hopefully, life will feel a little more normal soon.
Have a great weekend!
xo Tricia
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  • Tiffany

    Beautiful….looks like an amazing place to visit. Hope you have a great weekend.


    September 22, 2011 at 1:09 pm Reply
  • Ashley Sisk

    These photos are beautiful – I need to head out to our arboretum someday…although I should have done it this spring or summer…next year.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm Reply
  • Gwendolyn

    Gorgeous pictures! Looks like a enchanting place to visit.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm Reply
  • Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    That vine sculpture is amazing. Wonderful shots.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Sylvia

    This place is magical and you has captured such moments with your always lovely photos . I hear you , I love to take pictures alone , too .
    I would be happy if you join my giveaway .
    Enjoy the season !

    September 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    We have a wonderful Arboretum where I live and it's always a special day when I go. Lovely group of images and "Happy First Day of Fall"!

    September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • PriscilaPetersDecor

    What a cool place. Very pretty.
    Hope your week is going well.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm Reply
  • Tara

    Beautiful, I adore the first capture so much. I agree with you on your people, lol. My people are the same way…I have to be super quick and they still get annoyed. I much prefer to go by myself 🙂

    September 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm Reply
  • La Vie Quotidienne

    How pretty…what a lovely place. Your photos as usual are georgous. (-:

    September 22, 2011 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Kelly

    i swoon EVERY TIME I come visit you! To be in those fields of flowers….wow..and yes I spotted that big ole butterfly! You really have a beautiful eye…and love your new photo of yourself!

    September 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm Reply
  • once in a blue moon

    omg the vine house, my version of a fairy tale~

    September 22, 2011 at 2:44 pm Reply
  • michelle

    What a beautiful place! I love going to areas like this to just be able to walk and enjoy nature. I hope you get a chance to go back by yourself and take your time, I know how it goes with kids who have zero tolerance of the things that I like. 🙂
    It sounds like you are busy and I hope preschool is going well for her.

    September 22, 2011 at 3:42 pm Reply
  • Rachel Pallas

    Your photos are so beautiful~ Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!! xoxo Rachel

    September 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm Reply
  • Rachel Pallas

    Oh and LOVE your new profile pic too!! xo

    September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm Reply
  • Barb

    Gorgeousness! I ask you 'what do you go to an arboretum for if not to take photos?' 🙂

    September 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm Reply
  • Sylvia

    I enjoyed your lovely photos !
    Looks like a wonderful place !
    Nice weekend,

    September 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm Reply
  • Robin

    I have always wanted to visit. My girls have gone through school on field trips and knowing their mommy as they do insist that I would love it there.

    Judging from your gorgeous photos they are right!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm Reply
  • Georgianna

    I adore that first photo, Tricia, but each is lovely! Having a space to connect with nature is so important. Wonderful to see your photo, too! xoxo

    September 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm Reply
  • erin

    oh holy cow!!! that VINE structure (or should we call it a sculpture?) is beautiful! i love your late summer pictures and completely understand goin alone for those uninterupted shots. i purposely leave my camera behind sometimes in order to be more in the moment with my friends ……and then sneak back later for a phot-op! he he.
    happy almost fall,

    September 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm Reply
  • Blondie's Journal

    This is a nature wonderland, Tricia!! I haven't been to an arboretum in SO long, I forgot how pretty they are. Your pictures are beautiful…I love your photography!!

    I hope things calm down for you soon…it sounds like a very busy time!


    September 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm Reply
  • jessica

    So beautiful! You {as always} are taking wonderful photos!!

    Thanks for sharing!


    September 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm Reply
  • Tereza

    So many beautiful photos, thanks for sharing!

    September 22, 2011 at 8:57 pm Reply
  • Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle)

    What a beautiful place! And that vine structure is fascinating.

    September 22, 2011 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • A Cozy Cottage in the City

    Your photos are amazing! Loved how you've captured the outdoor beauty! Happy Fall! 🙂


    September 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm Reply
  • Just B @ Love Where You Live

    Lovely "last day of Summer" photos, Tricia! While I do love Fall, it's always a little sad to see Summer come to an end. Thanks for sharing today! 🙂

    September 22, 2011 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Pieces of Sunshine

    You did well to capture all you did under the circumstances and maybe a solo trip another time will be a greater joy for you.
    The colours are soft and gentle and the vine structure is amazing.

    September 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm Reply
  • Ranger 911

    Definitely on my list of places to visit again next summer after viewing your photos!

    September 23, 2011 at 1:11 am Reply
  • Linda

    Lovely photos, Tricia! I have never been there…think I need to go!

    September 23, 2011 at 4:59 am Reply
  • Nadege,

    What a gorgeous place to go for a visit. Love the images.

    September 23, 2011 at 6:25 am Reply
  • Sarah @ Modern Country Style

    Gorgeous, Tricia! Aren't arboretums the most restful places to visit? SO beautiful and quiet!


    September 23, 2011 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Rosemary Aubut

    Gorgeous photos! Looks like a great place!

    September 23, 2011 at 10:46 am Reply
  • Pam

    I vote that you go back all by yourself. Then you can leisurely take hundreds of photos with no one tugging on your sleeve. Love the stone pagoda and the vine house.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm Reply
  • Privet and Holly

    I've got to get
    over there before
    all the leaves fall!
    I hear they have a
    wonderful apple house
    with the newest MN
    apple : ) Love all
    your awesome pics!
    xx Suzanne

    September 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm Reply
  • Jennifer@threedogsinagarden

    I enjoyed tagging along with you on this visit to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I especially was intrigued by the vine structure and your picture of it.

    September 24, 2011 at 2:20 am Reply
  • Danelle

    Such a beautiful bunch of photos! Looks like a wonderful spot for picture taking.

    September 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm Reply
  • AJ

    What a great place to visit…your shots are so beautiful!

    September 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • t

    Nice pics!

    September 26, 2011 at 5:51 am Reply
  • Kia

    Awwww, gorgeousness! ♡ Thanks for sharing this magical place!

    September 26, 2011 at 7:19 am Reply
  • Blooming Rose Musings

    What an amazing place! There is something very special and very relaxing about an arboretum. The vine sculpture has a definite name but it slips my mind right now. I will try to find my photos(has the name attached)and post it and link over to you. The one you have shown us is exceptional. I love your post!
    The butterfly is beautiful too!
    I took a little break from blogging and it's so nice to be back.

    September 27, 2011 at 3:01 am Reply
  • Blooming Rose Musings

    Silly me, I meant I would email the picture and name to you. XO

    September 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm Reply
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