On the grounds of Bellingrath Home and Gardens in Theodore, Alabama are fountains and ponds and creeks and the Fowl River. Walk along the banks, and lose yourself in the tranquility and soft undulating ripples of water touching Earth. Pause for a moment or two, and you’re in another realm.
On our trip to Bellingrath, the air was fresh, the sun was warm, and you could feel Spring teasing playfully, whispering little breezes through stands of bamboo and beds of flowers, for she would arrive in mere days.
We paused on our walk when I noticed the river lapping against the walkway. I spotted liquid diamonds tumbling and sparkling on the river’s surface, dipping below small waves and reappearing to catch the sunlight.
The river’s coolness filled my lungs, and turning to face the walkway again, we continued our stroll.
Trees and shrubs barely exposed the river for several long yards, until we reached a small clearing. The lawn was lush, the evergreens enhanced it with their shade of green, and the river continued to lollygag, carrying its watery diamonds along.
Several more yards opened our view to another clearing. Here, a lone red camellia was still in bloom. It brought a burst of dazzling scarlet to the otherwise green and brown landscape.
Come, walk with me, if only in your imagination.
©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.