T: Terra Studios

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0T: Terra Studios, Fayetteville, Arkansas

This is a repost of a prior blog. (March 6, 2015) Every word still stands true, this is my very favorite place in the world, other than a beach. I wish I lived closer so I could visit every week!

terra1Where’s my Shangri-La? If it’s not at Laguna Beach, or any other craggy, rocky cove overlooking an ocean visit, my next favorite place to be is at TERRA STUDIOS in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This ten acre wonderland is full of delightful nooks and crannies. Peaceful and serene, the land is filled with whimsical sculptures showcasing the glass art and pottery done on the premises. Sculpture gardens are outfitted with fantasy creatures, murals, fountains, and interactive art. Benches, picnic tables, and plenty of seating places are scattered around the grounds, giving visitors a place to sit, relax, and reflect.

A favorite spot, where I usually catch my dad when we’re visiting Terra Studios, is on the swings under a shady arbor, overlooking the lake.

terra3A full size traditional 7-channel labyrinth was installed in 2003. The founder’s grandsons worked hard to construct the labyrinth using huge slabs of Wedington Limestone.

When you’ve had your fill of the serene outdoor experience (I doubt it’s possible), wander indoors where you can catch glassblowing demonstrations, with glass artists creating the Bluebirds of Happiness that Terra Studios is known for. Glassblowing demonstrations are from noon to 4 p.m., March 15th through the first weekend in January.

Pottery demonstrations frequently take place in another building . Several galleries exhibit pottery and have handcrafted items from many different artists available for sale. I think of Terra Studios every morning when I drink my orange juice from the delightful hand crafted mug with dragonflies careening around the sides.

Classes, tours, musical performances and other events round out the offerings. Check their web site for specific information on the classes or other events.

terra4Terra Studios is open from 10 am – 5 pm daily, excepting Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and days of inclement weather.

And the best part of all … it’s FREE! Totally free, unless you want to adopt a dragonfly mug or unique pair of earrings to bring home with you to remind you of the serene day spent amongst art and nature.

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S: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0S: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Venture into the delightful 2600 square-foot screened Butterfly House, and new Bromeliad Conservatory. Experience 2000 orchids, 300 breathtaking roses, quaint Hummingbird Garden, imaginative Sensory Garden with fascinating artscape, Arid Garden and colorful EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens. And during our eight warmer months, enjoy the fragrant tropical Plumeria Garden with elevated viewing ramp.

south texas botanicalYour visits to the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi will immerse you in serene beauty, followed by an adventurous ‘walk on the wild side’ with 11 uniquely stunning floral exhibits and gardens shouting color, followed by quiet trails and boardwalk through identified native habitat and natural wetlands.

This 180-acre showcase on Oso Creek offers a unique and varied take on botanical gardens– beautiful new Exotic Parrots, or native wildlife in the new Reptiles in Residents exhibit; artistic decorative water features, or vast natural wetlands; majestic Rose Pavilion; or rustic Palapa Grande on scenic Gator Lake– Corpus Christi’s South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will impress you with its unusual approach to environmental education through creative horticultural design, and fascinating naturescape of natural wetlands and trails through native mesquite forest. Definitely not your grandmother’s botanical garden!

http://stxbot.org/

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

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R: Riley Fuzzle Road (Peckinpaugh Preserve)

riley fuzzyEstablished in 2005, the 25-acre Peckinpaugh Preserve merges 10 acres generously donated by Mrs. Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard and 15 acres contributed by the Houston Audubon Society.

The preserve is named in honor of Mrs. Hubbard’s parents. Mrs. Hubbard’s father, William Thomas Peckinpaugh, purchased the land in the 1920’s. The preserve is located adjacent to the new Riley Fuzzel Road bridge. Spring Creek forms the southern boundary of this beautifully wooded preserve, with undeveloped forest land and the Spring Trails subdivision to the north. The preserve is protected by a conservation easement held by Bayou Land Conservancy, formerly known as Legacy Land Trust.

riley fuzzy2A canoe launch has opened at the end of Old Riley Fuzzel Road, adjacent to the Peckinpaugh Preserve, which offers direct access to Spring Creek. The preserve contains 2,385 linear feet or almost one-half of a mile of frontage along the banks of Spring Creek.

http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/naturecenter.htm

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Q: Quotes about Nature

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0Q: Quotes about Nature

Q … lovely, perplexing Q. I’m taking the easy way out on this A to Z letter of the day and using QUOTES about nature.

Now admittedly, I’m only presenting my own view. To many people, Shangri La may not include nature. Their idea of the best place in the world may be a night club or a party. That may be their Shangri-La. Mine, and since I’m writing this blog I get to choose the places, my Shangri-La always includes a piece of nature. So for today, the Letter ‘Q’ brings you …

Inature quote1n nature, all is useful, all is beautiful. It is therefore beautiful, because it is alive, moving, reproductive; it is therefore … useful, because it is symmetrical and fair. Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir (1838–1914)

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but Nature’s sources never fail. ~John Muir, Our National Parks

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Author unknown, commonly attributed to Martin Luther

nature quote2I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry David Thoreau

Look at the trees, look at the birds, look at the clouds, look at the stars… and if you have eyes you will be able to see that the whole existence is joyful. Everything is simply happy. Trees are happy for no reason; they are not going to become prime ministers or presidents and they are not going to become rich and they will never have any bank balance. Look at the flowers — for no reason. It is simply unbelievable how happy flowers are. ~Osho

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life, and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia. ~Charles A. Lindbergh, Life, 1967 December 22nd

After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man. ~Author Unknown

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. ~Lao Tzu

As you sit on the hillside, or lie prone under the trees of the forest, or sprawl wet-legged by a mountain stream, the great door, that does not look like a door, opens. ~Stephen Graham, The Gentle Art of Tramping

Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street. ~William Blake

To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug. ~Helen Keller

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P: Prairie Fest – Tandy Hills Natural Area

prairie festA2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0P: Prairie Fest – Tandy Hills Natural Area

prairie fest3Just in time to celebrate this gorgeous spring weather in north Texas is the 10th Annual Prairie Fest – next Saturday, April 25th, from 11am to sunset.

The 10th annual Prairie Fest is a free outdoor festival celebrating the natural world at the best place to see wildflowers in north Texas.

The event is held at Tandy Hills Natural Area, a 160 acre indigenous prairie remnant, located in the middle of Fort Worth.

Along with arts, entertainment, and tasty local food and beverages you’ll find prairie wildflower tours, storytellers and nature-science hikes on rolling hills, spontaneous happenings inside the Prairie Circle of artists and green exhibitors.

Free & open to the public

http://www.tandyhills.org/fest

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O: Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

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O: Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

oxley2The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has 9 miles of hiking trails, each between 0.3 and 1.3 miles. Each trail offers different sights and scenery. There’s a Blue Heron trail, complete with bird blinds, a Prairie Trail through a prairie wonderland, a Green Dragon Trail through woods and alongside a creek … and more.

The nature center is closed on Sundays and Mondays, but the hiking trails are open seven days a week.

http://oxleynaturecenter.org/index.htm

Find a little bit of nature and go get in touch with your inner ‘you’. Where is your Shangri-La space?

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N: J. T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

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N: J. T. Nickel Family Nature & Wildlife Preserve

JT NickleThe J. T. Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve is the largest privately protected conservation area in the Ozarks. The preserve was formed in 2000 as the result of a land gift from the John Nickel Family. This 17,000-acre landscape rests in eastern Oklahoma’s rolling Cookson Hills and overlooks the Illinois River. Spring-fed creeks meander amid a rugged topography of steep slopes and narrow valleys harboring a mosaic of oak-hickory forest, lofty pine woodland, and a diverse mix of savanna, shrubland, and prairie. The preserve provides optimal habitat for a suite of uncommon breeding bird species, including some whose survival requires large blocks of intact habitat.

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/oklahoma/placesweprotect/j-t-nickel-family-nature-and-wildlife-preserve.xml