A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Even though it’s 99 degrees outside today with 43% humidity, I took a break from my writing world to go on a photography adventure.  Taking pictures is one of the things I do when I’m not writing.  Usually my kids rush me through the picture taking process, but today I was able to take my time and soak in the scenery.  Perhaps some of these photos will inspire your writing, or just give you a break so you can enjoy a beautiful place for a while.  These were all taken at the Tea Gardens in San Antonio, TX.


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The Japanese Tea Gardens is often used as a wedding venue, and many people have photography sessions on the grounds as well.  The flowers were all in full bloom today, which was nice.  The large amounts of rain we’ve been blessed with lately have made everything around here so green.

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The Koi pond attracts ducks and other birds to the area.  Some turtles live here too.

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But it’s the flowers and greenery that I love most.

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A waterfall trickles into the pond.  You can hear it throughout the garden.

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The Tea Gardens is one of my favorite places to go in San Antonio.

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The Tea Gardens used to be a cement factory, but when the factory shut down, they turned the quarry into this beautiful place.  During WW2 the name was changed to the Chinese Tea Gardens, as the sign at the entrance says.  But today, it is known as the Japanese Tea Gardens.  Up by the pavilion, a little restaurant serves tea, fresh lemonade, sandwiches, salads, and sushi.   Great place to have brunch.


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If you’re ever in the area, stop by the Tea Gardens.  It’s free to the pubic and open from dawn ’til dusk.

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