Nature Friday ~ December 21, 2018

Nature Friday
Welcome to Friday where we join our fur-iends Rosy and her brothers from LLB in Our Backyard in a blog hop for more Nature Friday.

Today is the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of year. While the coldest part of this season is ahead of us, I try to focus on the pawsitive side; a few moments a day of more sunlight. Yay!

For today’s post it would have made sense to showcase a beautiful Christmas tree, but alas that little detail is unfortunately missing from the Ranch. In its place there is a pitiful Charlie Brown spindly thing, but it’s just too tacky looking to be shared. Instead however, here are a few photos from the Blossom of Lights taken at Denver’s Botanical Gardens. Trust me, they are far more awe-inspiring than the silly twig on the table.

DBG Blossom of Lights
Garden Amphitheater area where concerts are held on the grassy slopes during the summer months
DBG Blossom of Lights
Monet Pool, home to the garden’s waterlilies
DBG Blossom of Lights
A pool near the Romantic Gardens

Happy First Day of Winter and enjoy the last weekend before the big howliday arrives.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

59 thoughts on “Nature Friday ~ December 21, 2018

  1. At least you guys HAVE a tree!!!! Ma finally got around to hanging the wreath and some sad spindly decorations ~ she said too much goin’ on and too much rain (good thing for us, bad for decorations ☺) to get into it this year. She said she IS gonna cook (yikes!) Christmas dinner though, so at least we will be fed. ☺
    Anyhu, looooves the lights! Those are a fav of mine!
    Merry Christmas to you guys!!!!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

    1. It is what’s in your heart that matters most this time of year. Wishing you a joyful howliday with a pawsome 2019.

  2. Wow! I love these, Monika. They’re absolutely beautiful and it makes so much sense having the Christmas lights during the darkness of the Northern Winter.
    We didn’t bother putting up a Christmas tree this year. However, I finally managed to make my Christmas cake today so all is not lost. I feel it is important to establish and maintain traditions with the kids. However, with all the storms we’ve had, having nowhere to put a tree plus having two dogs who’s chew the decorations, it fell into the too hard basket. Like yourself, I also started think further afield and adopting a fancy public tree as our own. Haven’t strayed across one of those close to home either and I expected that many locals had their outdoor Christmas light damaged in the storm. That’s okay. It can be more of a food Christmas this year. Well, actually, we do focus on the real meaning of Christmas in our family, however it doesn’t take much for that to get lost in the chaos and busyness that goes on.
    Best wishes & Merry Christmas,
    Rowena

    1. Even more sense to have something spectacular in the cold dark months of winter when there are few blooms. Don’t feel bad, I didn’t put up a tree either. 🎄 Wishing you and the entire family a ‘furry and bright’ howliday.

  3. Isn’t that pretty! I love Christmas lights but rarely go out anymore to see them.
    Isn’t it ironic that the first day of Winter here was one of the warmest days we’ve had in weeks? The rain washed away much of our snow. But the wind is blowing now, and it feels like it’s blowing winter back in!

    1. I know what you mean; it seems like such a hassle to drive around for me and my night vision ain’t what it used to be!

  4. I followed Dale here, having decided that her Advent Calendar was a sure way to save me-self some work and just have great blogs land in my lap.
    🙂
    Glad to stalk her here!
    Been poking around the blog and am liking what I’m seeing (then again, Dale did all the hard work and I just come like a guest to the table …)
    Na’ama

    1. Thanks, I wasn’t aware until you mentioned it and realized there was a WP glitch that I have since remedied. After I read her kind words, I couldn’t help but wonder who the heck she was talking about. LOL

  5. I love Charlie Brown trees! So I wanna see it!
    However, that display is pretty. I can understand why you go there!
    Happy Winter Solstice!

  6. You are lucky to have that botanical garden…something for every season.
    I won’t tell you how hot it is here…but the dogs are stretched out on the tiles in the house and it is still mid morning.

    1. I love going there any time of year. There really is something for everyone. Today will be in the low 60’sF but cold is forecast for tomorrow. We have our paws crossed there may even be a flake or two with the forecast. Stay in the shade and sip a nice cool beverage.

  7. At 3:22 this afternoon the sunlight will stop shrinking and start expanding. Here, tomorrow will have a whole three seconds more sunlight than we’re going to get today.

    1. I hear that. The SD Zoo is a remarkable place though. I just wish it wasn’t so freaking cold at night for the Blossom of Lights. You’d think my fat would insulate me better! Hahaha

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