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Walking through woods on a spring morning



The first warm day of spring! The kids and I go on nature walks often, but this time was special. Finally, the cold dark winter days are behind us. Seriously, does life get any better than this?


We packed lunch and headed over to a sweet little botanic garden on the outskirts of our quaint town of West Lafayette, Indiana.



Check out the garden rules. So much for a picnic in the park. We headed back to the car and dined al fresco out of the trunk, before heading back for a hike.

Winter had not been gentle to this place. The paths were littered with cold rocks, the koi pond was dry, the trees hung low, unable to right themselves after buckling under the weight of winter snow. But there was a peacefulness about the broken branches and weather-worn bridges that reminded me winter is supposed to happen. Without it, I wonder how excited I would be about the coming spring.


As we walked deeper in the dry landscape, we happened up these little flowers. I'm not sure what they're called, but they looked like sweet little downturned crocuses. They were quite beautiful and such a surprise.


I wouldn't change a thing.


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