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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Q: Quotes about Nature

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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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O: Mary K. Oxley Nature Center

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0Shangri-La Days shares peaceful and relaxing places to visit, rejuvenate and restore your soul. Follow us and the posts will go directly to your inbox. Don’t worry, after April we go back to our once a week schedule, so your inbox won’t explode.

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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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E: Eaton Hill Nature Center

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E: Eaton Hill Nature Center

eaton1Located in Sonora, Texas Eaton Hill Nature Center boasts a unique 37 acre landscape complete with hiking trails, an educational facility operated out of a 110+ year old historic home, interpretive exhibits and more. Whether you’re after adventure, education or simple outdoor appreciation, we’ve got you covered.

Situated just between the Edwards Plateau and true West Texas, the acreage at Eaton Hill is truly a living classroom in which to study the botany and fauna of both the Texas Hill Country and the Chihauhuan Desert. More than 3 miles of hiking trails meander through the 37 acre property and vary from the rocky outcrops of Agave Ridge to the densely wooded and seemingly secret corridors of Zed’s Cut. Watch as the landscape transforms with each step.

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B: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, Southlake Texas

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0It’s April! Time for the A to Z Blog Challenge. Each day through April (except Sundays) we’re writing a blog post to the Letter of the Day. The 1st is ‘A’, the 2nd is ‘B’ … and so on until we get to ‘Z’.

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B: Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, Southlake Texas

Bob Jones Nature Center is one of my favorite places in Texas to retreat and regroup. Of course, it’s just about in my backyard, which is nice.

Bob JonesI’m also probably a little partial to it because it’s named for a Jones, my mother’s maiden name. Not only that, I admire what Bob Jones accomplished with his life. After the Civil War, he and his mother were freed from slavery. He purchased 60 acres from his father and start about building an empire of almost 1,000 acres. At the time of his death, people thought so highly of him, that his funeral was attended by over 500 people. In 1936. People came from all over to pay their tributes. He’s buried at Medlin Cemetery, one of my three favorite cemeteries in the area, which is how I discovered Bob Jones initially.

When construction began on Lake Grapevine in 1947, many families were displaced. Except for Eugie Jones Thomas, one of Bob Jones’ daughters. She fought the Army Corps of Engineers … and won. She received a letter from Washington telling her she could keep all of her property.

Bob Jones barnBecause of Eugie’s determination and grit, taking on the fight ‘against City Hall’, residents in the area now have a refuge and place of beauty to visit. 758 acres full of natural beauty. Hiking trails through a Cross Timbers ecosystem, birdwatching, children’s classes and more are available here.

http://bjnc.org/default.php

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