Monday, January 5, 2015

Living Online News, and The Quad Cities: LeClaire Illinois Day 2 Part 3: The Parks and Gardens

Disclaimer: I have since learned that I was mistaken about the destination. Apparently it was Davenport, which is literally spittin' distance from LeClaire, and I didn't even realize the change of the town.:) And the park place we visited is called Vander Veer Botanical Garden.

 

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  It's been awhile since I posted about my October Illinois trip, I admit! I've just been in a whirl, and remarkably haven't gotten to it. But I promise these pics of the park at LeClaire will be worth it. It was really quite a stunning, peaceful park. My only woe that day was my new shoes that were unforgivingly tight. I've decided I'll stick with heels, and not wretched flats. I don't think I've been able to find flats that are okay for my fashion taste, yet don't slip off--OR hug too mercilessly. Torture, I can tell you. But I did not let that get in the way of enjoying myself, rest assured!

  This park was by a botanical garden that, unfortunately, closed just before we were able to reach it. We were able to see the front gardens, which were gorgeous (and awoke the garden envy in me, as any of you who have followed me for a long time will guess) with roses and climbing flowers. Honestly. Really gorgeous place. Unfortunately I can't remember what my uncle said it was called! I'll just call it LeClaire's garden of beauty. Not very original, but applicable. ;)

  So let's get started with the stream of loveliness!


garden walks in LeClaire Illinois
I loved the walks. It was just gorgeous. So picturesque. I really want to visit this place again. And that fountain!

garden walks in LeClaire Illinois

midwest black squirrels
These black squirrels are TOO CUTE! The immediate impulse to seize one and make it my pet. I love squirrels. Adorable.

garden fountains in LeClaire Illinois
I love this place. I was told that at night, these changing lights come on, shining in the water. I would LOVE to see that! This is the perfect place for a group photo. Of course we took the opportunity.

fall leaves garden pond

garden walks in LeClaire Illinois

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parks in LeClaire Illinois

midwest fall colors leaves

garden parks in LeClaire Illinois

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park gardens in LeClaire Illinois

midwest black park squirrels
Hello cutie.

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park squirrels LeClaire Illinois

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parks in leclaire illinois

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botanical rose garden leclaire illinois
botanical rose garden leclaire illinois
Needless to say, during our whole exploration (didn't even see all of it) I had some major garden admiration and envy. ;)

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois
This one got my heart. LOVE the color. So gorgeous.

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois
Love white roses....

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois
Isn't this a lovely pavilion?

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

botanical garden climbing flowers lattice

botanical garden white flowers lattice

botanical garden white flowers trellis
I love trellises, especially ones really covered with lovely flowering vines. So gorgeous.

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botanical rose garden leclaire illinois

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duck pond leclaire illinois

duck pond leclaire illinois

park gardens of leclaire illinois


  Hope you enjoyed the photos. LeClaire really is quite a lovely place. And I'm not even done! It is my goal to eventually streamline my income enough to enable me to explore more of America. Heaven knows I want to see the whole world, because there's nothing that ISN'T worth seeing, but I really want to know intimately the beauties of my own country--and especially my own state. If hard work can do it, I going to get there!

  I'll be posting again soon! I have some real stunners coming. Not that these weren't.

  ~Elora
 

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