As I walked out of the Nature Center to take a look at the river, I noticed something moving on my left. It was a Great Blue Heron. It was also going to the riverbank.
I followed quietly and took photos while it stood, scanning the river.
After a bit, it flew to an old tree that jutted from the bank.
Then, like a sailor on a gangplank, it walked to the end of the log...
…and flew away, following the course of the river.
This took place beside the greenbelt, which is usually filled with people on weekends -- but no one came by during this time. We were alone. As soon as it flew away, bicyclists appeared, as well as a few joggers with dogs. It was like we had been inside a little wrinkle of time.
Lilacs blooming all over. Their scent always reminds me of May when I was a kid; school out for the summer, graduation, the leaves on the trees thick, fresh, and green. The weather still cool enough to enjoy doing things outside, before the dense heat of summer sinks in. May always seemed like a bright window of hope and adventure.
The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May. - Edwin Way Teale
Spied this bottle tree during a walk. You don’t see them much in Idaho, but they’ve been around the southern U.S. for many years.
The tradition came from Africa. It was thought that colorful bottles in the trees would attract – and trap -- the evil spirits that roamed at night. Once ensnared in the bottles, they could do no harm. The sound of the wind blowing around the bottles was actually the cries of the captured spirits. And when the sun rose the next morning, the light would kill the demons trapped inside.
Of course, now you can buy bottle trees to decorate your patch of green. Maybe it’d be a good thing – we could all benefit from fewer evil spirits…
Next to the CW Moore Park is the Belgravia building. Built in 1904, it was Boise’s first apartment building, and it has stone walls up to two feet thick. It now houses various businesses and offices. on top,
I love the balconies and the nooks and crannies of this building.
Isn't this staircase unusual? The steps are steep, though. I wonder what it was like to live there in the early 1900s?
Scenes from the C.W. Moore park in downtown. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Moore was one of Boise’s pioneers. He opened a general store, got into mining, ranching, and later founded Idaho’s first chartered national bank.
The park is small, intimate, has a few benches and trees, and the waterwheel. A nice place to sit for a bit, have a cup of java, maybe read a book on a lunch break.
Besides the park, there is also an apartment complex, penthouse, and plaza named after him. His descendants still live in Boise, and are active in the community.