Somewhat surprisingly the budding naturalists had yet to visit the Bloedel Reserve -- so visiting we went.

We were greeted with a gorgeous meadow.

meadow
meadow

A walk past the bird refuge and through the woods opens to an impressive pond in front of the visitor center, originally the Bloedel residence.

weeping willow
weeping willow
Bloedel residence
Bloedel residence

The views from the back yard are stunning. We saw an adult Bald Eagle perched on a tree and moments later a juvenile flew from nest to perch.

planter
planter

From the visitor center, we viewed the waterfall ...

waterfall
waterfall
hydrangea
hydrangea

... made our way to the Japanese garden ...

japanese garden entrance
japanese garden entrance

... and walked through the moss and reflection gardens.

reflection pond
reflection pond

During our visit we were unfortunately surrounded by loud-talking-brochure-reading biddies which spoiled the experience a bit -- reflecting back the Reserve is really amazing -- I'm excited for fall.

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