This is a fascinating park to tour, with artwork placed, well... artfully, in and around the garden landscaping. The featured artist on prominent display was Dale Chihuly, world famous for his blown glass art.
This sculpture is breathtaking and very, very large!
These sculptures look so natural in the garden.
The blue glass is very intense and pretty.
I liked the way the sculptures were color-coordinated with the plantings in some areas.
I was so glad it was sunny the days we were on vacation, for the glass was just alive with color.
Now, there were other sculptures in the park besides those of Chihuly, and there were three which are near and dear to my heart as I love horses.
Here I am with the first horse; but wait......there's another one here....
Oh, my this horse is much larger! But, wait........there's one even bigger here:
We were very lucky to have been visiting while the Chihuly exhibit was being featured. This was a rare chance to see such beauty.
We were at the Frederik Meijer gardens on Monday; that night we spent in a National Forest campground which was very nice and secluded.
Tuesday morning, we packed up and headed out for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park:
Our last attraction before leaving the UP and heading home was Kitchitikipi in Palm Books State Park. Kitchitikipi is a lake which is spring-fed and crystal clear to the bottom. You can see the springs on the bottom of the lake bubbling up and moving the sand from the self-guided raft provided for the purpose. Joel manned the raft for us:
From Kitchitikipi, we made it home by 7PM on Tuesday night, and though the trip was great, the homecoming was even better.
Just like Dorothy said in the Wizard of Oz, ''There's no place like home."
And I don't own any ruby slippers, either!
I thought I'd end this post with a few more pictures of the stained glass windows from the cemeteries in Cleveland, Ohio.
That's it for 'How I Spent My Summer Vacation'. Thanks for coming along!