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Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Gazebo

The Round Robin Photo Challenge is a great place to view wonderful photographs of specific subjects. This will be my first participation. The weather was horrid all week and I just DID NOT have an opportunity to improve upon my first attempt.

The subject is Landmarks in our home town.

This is the Gazebo, a locally famous landmark, at the park a few blocks from my home. There is still a horrid mess from the windstorm that blew threw several weeks ago. In fact, I found out after I took this picture that the park is currently off limits to visitors because the limbs and weak trees still threatening to topple. Hundreds fell during the storm. But there are many wonderful trees left to appreciate and protect.

There are 58 acres that include picnic areas, two duck ponds, and an aviary. The park had it's beginnings in 1901 - and the Gazebo was built in 1910.



If you wish to participate or just enjoy the photographs of those who are, click right here!

34 comments:

M@ said...

Beautiful winter scene, there.

Carly said...

Hi Pamela :)

Lovely picture. The snow on the ground, and the barren tress make for quite a setting. Thank you for playing, you did a wonderful job here.

Always, Carly

Sandy said...

That is beautiful, you lawbreaker, you!

mjd said...

Wow, that must have been some storm to topple so many trees. I decided against taking a winter picture and used some pictures that I took last summer.

ChrisB said...

What a shame about all the damage but it actually makes a rather striking picture!

Beckie said...

Well now, I have certainly been there a few times. Last time we were there my son was stung by a wasp. Ah, the memories.

Suzanne R said...

The recent storms hit you in Washington quite a bit harder than they did us here in Oregon's Willamette Valley. I feel bad for those adversely affected. I'm glad the gazebo held up and is still beautiful. Welcome to the Round Robins -- great entry and it's very nice to have you with us!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Hi, and welcome to the Robins! I enjoyed seeing and reading about the gazebo. Zooming in on the photograph itself was great - I love all the shapes of the surviving and storm-damaged branches. Excellent photo!

Sandcastle Momma said...

What a beautiful winter wonderland! The downed trees add a really interesting feature to the landscape. Great photograph.

Robinella said...

Wow! that was some storm.

My first house was built in 1914. Things were built better back then.

Nekked Lizard Lady said...

It sounds like a great place to spend some time. I always hate to see the aftermath of bad storms, but my dad always said that it's just mother nature's way of pruning. Please take some pictures after the cleanup. I'd love to see the "after" pictures. Thanks so much for sharing.

Inland Empire Girl said...

Thanks for reminding me of your beautiful gazebo. I have been to that lovely landmark. Thanks also for providing another fun site to check out photography.

Janet said...

What a gorgeous gazebo! Too bad about the trees...

Elizabeth Joy said...

I haven't seen the park yet with my own eyes. It must be a mess. It is good nothing fell on the gazebo!

I am eagerly anticipating a watercolor of a wildflower in a few weeks.

lisa's chaos said...

Those storms sure made work of your park! I ran into weather issues here too. :(

Your Gazebo looks very nice and it seems it survived the falling trees. :)

gina said...

i didn't even notice the downed trees at first, the scene is so pretty. sounds like a beautiful and wonderful park that i could just get lost in for a while...with camera in tow of course. :)

Tammy said...

I didn't noticed the trees down from the storm either at first...everything blended so well together. Beautiful!

(And re:your comment on my mom's birthday comment...I never thought about it that way that I was almost born in a gas station! LOL Actually, I was an emergency C-section so pretty glad they made it to the hospital.
And even if my birth had gone smoothly, who wants to be named "Shelly" for all the wrong reasons...hehe)

Beccy said...

What a shame about the storm damage but what a wonderful big park to have.

Shelby said...

oh it is a shame about the damage. I enjoyed the picture tho..

happy day :)

Gattina said...

Did you have your dates in there, it looks so romantic, lol !

Jay Cam said...

58 acres?! that must be amazing to experience. you could spend a whole day just exploring the park!

Donetta said...

I am so glad that there are many more trees left standing. This must be a beautiful place.

kailani said...

The gazebo is so pretty. Looks like the perfect place to have a wedding!

Kiva said...

Oh, that looks so cold...I bet it's beautiful in spring.

sirdar said...

Looks like an awesome park. We have apparently the largest park system in North America in the city that we live near. I live on an acreage surrounded by trees. Thus, I have my own little park...probably not as pretty as the one in the photo...but a lot closer to my place :-)

my4kids said...

Gorgeous picture!
to bad about the storm though...

swampy said...

I hope they create a 'chain saw' sculpture out of that tree trunk rather than just cut it off at the ground.
Great photo.

coloursofdawn said...

It looks like a beautiful place. Too bad about the storm taking down the trees. At this point with our cold weather, those downed trees are looking a lot like firewood.

Sandra said...

Great photo. Looks beautiful in spite of the downed trees.

Kila said...

Trees are still down from several weeks ago?!

Sounds like a nice park :)

Carla said...

Great photo. Too bad about the trees.

Simply Jenn said...

Pamela- it's compliment instead of comment day again and I want you to know that I REALLY appreciate your presence on the web. You are so kind and caring and obviously did an amazing job raising your girls. I hope I can have the same type of relationship with my family when they grow up. Maybe you can teach me the secrets. Thank you for your all too evident optimism, and for your advice on SO many things throughout my first year of blogging!

bermudabluez said...

We have a similar gazebo here in our little town. Love your gazebo picture!!

Martha said...

Looks like a winter wonderland!
Martha ~ http://journals.aol.com/lifes2odd/perception/