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About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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    1. Thanks! The blue jays like to hang out there.🐦

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    1. Thanks! It’s hard to find a lot of color in this seadon.

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      1. I understand. It has been a bit drab here…

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    2. That would be “season” 🙂

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  1. Awesome 👍👍👍 garden so much of zen presence

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    1. One of my favorite places in the yard…so peaceful…

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      1. Yes absolutely from the picture one can say what a serene place.

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  2. It looks so pretty. While I have heard of Zen gardens (and likely have visited some), I just realized that I don’t know what constitutes one. Is it the type of plants, or their arrangement? Both?

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    1. It’s both. Zen gardens vary in style, but they are meant as a place of quiet and meditation. They usually have a stone and/or water feature. I don’t have a water feature, but the stones in my post are actually part of a “river” that runs down from the little hill and carries down into a stone path in front of the bench. The bench was fashioned from old stair steps, and is meant to be simple. It the warm months, it has a plain stone bird on it. Most of the stones on the hill were collected from beach walks or fossil collecting, so they have great meaning to me.Sculptured trees are an element of this style, so the mulberry tree you see is one we have pruned for effect. Thanks for asking.

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      1. Thank you for the explanation, Julie. It sounds lovely, especially since the garden and its content is so imbued with meaning for you. I hope it affords you the peace and tranquility you crave.
        Best wishes,
        Tanja

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  3. Nice photos!

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    1. Thanks! And thanks so much for sharing my link!

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