Benched Contemplation

“Seated here in contemplations lost, my thought discovers vaster space beyond, supernal silence and unfathomed peace.” 

~Giacomo Leopardi~

The brother was home this past weekend. While we always find a craft beer or two during a visit, those visits always come with walking. Walking a county or state trail, walking downtown Appleton after a meal, walking in brewery tour, or walking through botanical gardens. (Someone has a hard time sitting for too long.)

This past Saturday, we made the drive to Olbrich Gardens in Madison as part of the weekend walking tour. The botanical garden was born in 1952, named after Michael Olbrich, who purchased and donated 3,500 feet of Lake Monona shoreline to the City of Madison in 1921. We had not been to the gardens since our dear father was alive, probably ten years or more, so it was time. The day was hot and humid, but we both found pleasure walking in the shaded areas and finding late summer color among the flowers (we knew there would be a thirst-quenching beer later).

I was extremely enamored with the benches that were placed in many areas of the garden – among the flowers, along the paths, holding court for brick and mortar. So pretty! I love to sit on benches and stare into space or contemplate what is not lost. It was a bit too warm on Saturday to sit for too long, but I can look at these photos now, in the cool of the A/C, and find unfathomed peace.

The Benches

The Views

The Craft Beer

(Sorry, no photos were taken to protect the identity of the hops.)

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23 responses to Benched Contemplation

  1. Shelley says:

    Beautiful photos and what a nice visit you shared with your brother. My youngest lives in Middleton and she has been to that garden, she loves it there, too. I’m glad you shared pictures, I can now see why it is a hot spot to visit! There are plenty of places to find beer! Happy Wednesday!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Happy Wednesday, Shelley! This would be a wonderful place to visit in the fall or on a cooler day. They have some very unique events during the year that makes me wish I lived a little closer!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for bringing us along, Mary. Those benches do look inviting. I’m reminded of my dad. When he took us to the amusement park, he said he liked to “ride the bench” while we rode everything else. I hope the beer made up for the heat of the day.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      You’re welcome, Dan. I like your dad’s expression of “riding the bench.” Funny!

      We had a beer before the heated walk and then one later at supper time. In between…lots and lots and lots of water!

  3. I like the looks of the fountain in the English Garden and I’m fascinated by the lights in the tree canopy. I bet it is gorgeous at night when they are turned on.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Frank. One of the kids that came through thought the green pond was gross. I thought it was pretty in a green sort of way.

  4. Laura says:

    Ooh! I love the photos of the benches and their views! What a nice combination for your post.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It’s a wonderful garden, one I’ll have to visit again when it’s not so hot. So I can sit on the benches for longer than a minute.

  5. joey says:

    Oh Mary! These are spectacular! I can’t sit still long, either, and would LOVE to walk past benches and flowers and maybe wander into a hoppin place! 😉
    I’m glad you had a good time!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Joey! There’s a bench in a park, in the shade, that’s close to work… it’s where I’ve been spending lunch time on the crazy days. Benches are good for decompression when you can’t have a beer! 😏

      • joey says:

        I spend my breaks in the shade, usually observing critters. It’s almost as good as a margar — No, not it’s not 😛 But it’s nice!

  6. Joanne Sisco says:

    Pretty gardens. On a hot summer day, I would love a bench underneath that canopy of trees. I imagine that at night with those small lights, it would be a pretty place to sit.

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