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April 15, 2017



Oh how I enjoyed seeing these photos this morning, Sallie. I love the crane tower and the spirit it evokes. It would be an uplifting adventure to try to find the crane sculptures scattered around. Peace and blessings to you, Sallie.


This is lovely, especially the tower of cranes! A very appropriate Easter Blog!
Happy Easter to you both!


Hello, beautiful images and flowers from your garden visit. The cranes are cool. Love the crane tower. Happy weekend and Happy Easter to you!

ellen b

I love strolling through botanical gardens, too. You found some pretty things. Happy Easter!


Amazing talent! The flowers look really fresh to be fallen flowers. It's very had to find inner peace with all the nasty happenings of this era, but we must keep hope alive. Enjoy your Easter day!


What a lovely tranquil place, I never got into origami etc as Im a little clumsy.


This is great. I love how the 1000 cranes are illustrated by the reflection of the 500. I love stuff like that.

Yep, we hope and pray for peace.


I'm seeing more images lately of beautiful flower petal mandalas. Those, along with the peace of the origami tower are spectacular. I have to believe in peace.

Sara - My Woodland Garden

So beautiful and very interesting!
Happy Easter, Sallie! <3

Stewart M

We would be making ours from fallen leaves - some of the street trees are taking on colour now - and our apple trees look rather good!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'

Such beautiful surroundings Sallie!

So grab your magic carpet and fly to Port A with me...I am not an official bird guide, but I will gladly go birding with you any day.

Happy Easter.


What a beautiful and colourful post, I too like visiting Botanicle gardens.
Take care Gordon.


What a beautiful post, I wish I had a crane sculpture in my yard. Wishing you peace.

Penelope Puddlisms

I went through a stage of creating artistic designs using flower petals and leaves of all sorts … it can become an all-absorbing hobby and keeps life focused on the positive. The crane is so lovely and a very impressive work of art … very inspiring in a world that is crying for peace. Thanks for showing us this. Happy Easter Sunday, Sallie, to you and yours!


So many beautiful flowers. We could still get snow where I live!


Your post calmed my "soul." Thanks for these gorgeous photos. If only peace were as easy to come by as mandalas. Have a great day!

Villroses hage

Beautiful! Beautiful!


Hi Sallie-
Beautiful places, creations and thoughts.
The floral mandalas are peace-inducing aren't they?
Have a Happy Easter!
Peace :)


Asian art is so interesting!


Beautiful spring photos !!
Happy Easter !!

Clair Z.

Sallie, thank you so much for sharing this. I love the flowers, the cranes, the reflections, and the peacefulness. Happy Easter and happy springtime beauty everywhere.


That is a very impressive crane. I've made some simple ones. At the Manzanar Internment camp there is a monument and people often leave origami cranes there. A sad blot on our history.


Beautiful post and photos, Sallie! And that crane is quite impressive! Thank you so much for sharing, and Happy Easter to you.


Love the (last) white origami crane sculpture - so elegant and artfully done! Waterlilies in themselves are so peaceful to look at:) Sorry your linky didn't turn out - whenever that happens you can do a second try (you don't have to ask me - i know you probably were traveling) - if you do, I'll delete your first try... Have a lovely week, dear Sally!

Lady Fi

What a peaceful place! And lovely shots. If only everyone could feel such serenity no matter where they lived... Have a wonderful week!


Your photos of the flowers and sculptures are fantastic Sallie. I will have to remember Naples has a Botanical garden the next time we are there.


That crane tower is fantastic and I like the symbolism of it. To have peace in our time is a sentiment we all share but fear it will never happen.


A beautiful article, the flowers are fantastic.

Phil Slade

Hi Sallie. I'd never heard of Senbazuru but I do know that the japanese celebrate their spring in a special way. Cranes and the spring blossom is very important in their culture. Let's all hope that peace prevails and that we appreciate the important things on Earth.


Beautiful mandalas, creating such a lovely decoration from leaves and petals must be almost like meditating, so peaceful and calm. I would love to try my hand at making one.
The crane tower is just wonderful, I love the fact that the reflection creates a tower of 1000 cranes.
In these troubled times we need to concentrate more on peaceful things and turn away from fighting.
Thank you for bringing the beauty of Senbazuru to Mosaic Monday today.


Sallie, what a beautiful post! I love mandalas of any kind and the crane tower is amazing. Wonderful story, too. Happy Monday! Peace......

nancy chan

The sculpture of cranes is beautiful. Love the water lilies. Have a beautiful day!

riitta k

Beautiful photos all of these!


I love the structure in the center....wow, that is neat. I have always wanted to do a large welded project for my backyard. Never got it done but I was able to learn to weld to make a couple of smaller pieces. Loving the flowers. This time of yr when all is blooming is a wonder time.

Klara S

Beautiful photos. The tower of cranes looks impressive.


Lovely photos, Sallie. The crane sculpture is so very unique. Peace is something this broken world is sadly in need of, more now than ever, it seems.


Very beautiful origami sculptures.

Su-sieee! Mac

I find peace in taking photos of flowers, too. Creating mandalas out of flower petals is intriguing, which I shall go look up. Cheers to a creative and peaceful week, Sallie.

Sylvia D.

Sallie, Thanks for sharing the flowers and cranes from the botanical garden. Have a great day. Sylvia D.


Wow, that tower of cranes is amazing! Must have been lovely to visit the botanical gardens. Beautiful photos!


Making a mandala from fallen bits sounds like good fun. Your photos are lovely, such beautiful flowers. I also love visiting gardens.

artmusedog and carol

What a beautiful post with those dynamic colorful flowers and origami and wonderful collage of photos ~ thanks,

Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^


amazing - and getting much more important these days!
happy week :-)


Beautiful shots and the collage is stunning!



Judy Biggerstaff

Beautiful images of your visit to the gardens. Your pictures are just stunning. I love taking pics of flowers.


beautiful flowers ans I love the Origami sculptures :) Thanks for sharing them.

Hope you had a great Easter.


The flowers are beautiful, and I love that sculpture!


They look absolutely beautiful these mandelas ! I also love to walk through a botanical garden !


Like the white crane, as a child, we are taught to make crane origamy.

riitta k

Hi Sallie, So nice you found the Kukkailottelua - Floral Delight. Your waterlilies are so beautiful!


WoW-zers, the origami sculptures are so amazing. as if the gardens were not beautiful enough, i love when they have special events like these with different themes!

gorgeous waterlilies, my blog header is a water lily - purple, of course!!


Botanical gardens make me feel good too. I try to visit as often as possible. Can't believe the origami works of art. They are great! #OurWorldTuesday


Beautiful, as always!




Gorgeous and somehow these photos made me feel peaceful. Thanks for sharing Sallie. I was fascinated by the mandalas

Handmade in Israel

How beautiful!


There is something so peaceful and soul restoring about gardens....Michelle


Those origami pieces are so impressive.


I always wanted to live near a botanical garden. Then I could get great pictures like yours. I have one place that is similar. I keep saying I'm going to go, but I never seem to get there.

Mary Howell Cromer

The flowers and the paper sculptures all add a sense of tranquility to your share...very serene and very pretty. The flying crane sculpture is intriguing~


I hope too, Sallie and your shots are so beautiful and peaceful too !

Lady Fi

So beautifully peaceful!


Someday in this world I hope our wish for peace comes true.
I share the same thought with you.


Patrick Tillett

A great project and beautiful photos of the results!


Hubby and I visited Naples Botanical Gardens We love it one of our favorite places in Florids

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