New Beginnings – Spring Flowers at Reader Rock Garden
Calgary has been blessed with a very early, and mild spring. Unlike last May’s blog post, this one brings us brilliant blooms.
Reader Rock Gardens is a local legacy park, lovingly restored over the past few years. It’s open from sunrise to sunset and is free admission!
Saturday night was a beautiful calm evening, and whilst my own garden got cleaned up and turned over, blossoms were nowhere near ready. Having seen spring bloom images popping up in several of the photograpy forums I follow, Reader was calling my name. This park is in the beltline of downtown Calgary – a little oasis among urban architecture, and less than 30 minutes from home.
Claire, my daughter, and I loaded Ohinga, our senior dog, into the car ‘just for the ride’, and headed out for a wander. She had a photography project for a high school class that this could contribute to. Ohinga had other ideas about the purpose of the mission and exuded great enthusiasm for viewing the scenery with us. Despite extremely bad arthritis in her hips and looking very stiff earlier in the day, she bounced out of the car and immediately bee-lined into squirrel alert mode, faithfully following every meandering path we took, and stopping patiently while we happily snapped away.
Reader Rock Gardens change year around. In a month or so the peonies will be in full bloom. Summer and fall bring vibrant colours in a tranquil setting. Well worth a visit!