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Garden d’Lights

We are yet to visit this festival this year but sharing some pictures from our last visit. The garden looks beautiful in cold December evenings with million of light bulbs illuminating in the dark.

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Garden d’Lights is an annual light show held at Bellevue Botanical Garden each year from Thanks Giving to New Year. It features over ½ million tiny lights which transform the garden into a blossoming winter wonderland, capturing the “d’Light” in everyone.

This is a beautiful place to witness the Christmas lights in Bellevue. These pictures are from our visit last December on a cold winter evening.

View from the entrance View from the entrance

Close up picture Close up view with the duck

Central view Central view

Garden frog Garden frog

IMG_5204 Beautifully decorated flower beds

All bushes are covered with tiny lights All bushes are covered with tiny lights

flowers Sparkling flowers and butterfly

Glittering flowers Flowers twinkling with lights

Each corner is lit up at the garden Each corner of the garden is lit up

Grape vines Grape vines

IMG_5212 Close up of a colorful parrot

IMG_5205 Christmas tree at the garden

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Snowflake Lane

With the Thanksgiving day coming in and the Snowflake Lane opening next week in Bellevue, I wanted to share our memories of this event from 2013.

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As Christmas is close by I thought of sharing a post indicating the spirit of this festival. Snowflake Lane is one of the most beloved holiday event in the Seattle area. It takes place in Downtown Bellevue where each night, from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, the bustling streets are magically transformed into an extravagant winter wonderland; featuring falling snow, twinkling lights,  enchanting winter characters and lively musical dance performers.

These pictures are from last season’s parade. We went in early to grab a good spot as the street gets very crowded with families specially of children. The traffic is rerouted during the parade time and people are cordoned at many areas of the street. We managed to find a place in the front row of the sidewalk.

Street view Street view with the dazzling lights and projections

IMG_5123 Illuminating street with colorful Christmas lights

IMG_5129 Crowd gathered to watch the initiation ceremony…

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Airboat Ride at Gator Park

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This was one of the adventures we wanted to try during our Florida trip: an airboat ride in the wetlands of Everglades. My recent post on Everglades National Park indicates there is abundance of wildlife in this park; specially Alligators; and Gator park offers close encounter with the wildlife. We drove from Miami to Gator park in the morning. The park offers a souvenir shop, a 30 minute airboat tour, an alligator show and a small restaurant.

IMG_5182 We reached at the Gator Park.

We started with the Airboat tour. There were many groups for taking this tour and we waited in the queue for our turn.

IMG_5183 An airboat parked at one end.

IMG_5184 The tour begin and we started to move swiftly on the canal.

IMG_5185 The tour guide provided us some knowledgeable facts about the Everglades and the alligators.

IMG_5189 We saw an Anhinga on the branches of a near by tree.

IMG_5194 An alligator swimming in the marshy area.

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Crater Lake National Park

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During the Memorial Day holiday in late May we planned a trip to Oregon state and Crater Lake National Park was the highlight of our trip. This park is situated in Southern Oregon on the crest of Cascade Mountain range. The drive up is beautiful; mountains and rugged terrain and all the coniferous trees here just create a very serene ambiance. As we drove via the North Junction up to the lake the snow started out in small patches and then several inches deep. It turned into few foot banks of snow as we drove on Rim drive to Rim Village which has a café, gift shop, visitor center and Crater Lake lodge.

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Rim Visitor Center

We reached the Rim Visitor Center which overlooked the stunning lake and provided a wealth of information about its history. It is hard to believe that such a tranquil beauty of nature has a…

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Close Ups- Spring

These days we are enjoying spring here in Pacific North West with beautiful flowers around. And this week for Cee’s Fun Foto challenge I would like to share the close ups of the tulips recently captured at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

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Sisterhood Of The World Bloggers Award

I have been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! I am happy to accept this award. Thank you Lisa from Rebirth of Lisa for the nomination! She is an aspiring writer and recently completed her first novel. Be sure to check out her blog.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate seven blogs.

Questions To Me:

  1. What is your favorite book? I like reading books but do not have any favorite pick. I mostly enjoy fiction.
  2. Michael Jackson or Prince? Michael Jackson.
  3. Where is your favorite place to vacation? Any place close to nature like mountains or national parks.
  4. Who is your favorite writer? Paulo Coelho as I loved his piece The Alchemist.
  5. If you could have a super power what would it be? Read other person’s mind.
  6. What’s your favorite snack? I eat as per my mood; do not have a preference.
  7. What’s on your pizza? Lots of veggies.
  8. Name 3 things you like about yourself. My Mind, my Faith in God and my Optimism.
  9. Who was your favorite teacher and why? My middle school Maths teacher; I liked her way of teaching by making us learn and understand the concepts.
  10. What’s your guilty pleasure? Ice creams anytime. 🙂

Questions for My Nominees

  1. What’s the best advice you’ve received?
  2. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
  3. Who inspires you?
  4. What is your philosophy?
  5. What is your favorite camera brand?
  6. What word do you think describes you and why?
  7. Would you rather write with a pen or a pencil?
  8. What truth do you seek?
  9. If you could be stuck at a particular age forever, what age would it be and why?
  10. Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings?

I ‘happily’ nominate the following blogs for this award:

1. The ‘Pen’lightenment of the Soul
2. From Diapers and Tutus to Meetings and Boardrooms
3. Agnes’s World in Pictures
4. Soul N Spirit
5. Sia Positive
6. Maria Brinkley, artist
7. Pocketful of Joy

Thank you again Lisa and Happy Blogging Everyone!!