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Aah . . . That’s Better! April 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Mindfulness, Nature, Travel & Leisure.

Yesterday, we visited Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota Florida.

We enjoyed perfect weather for our stroll around the grounds.

We spotted a manatee in the bay . . . and a leopard in the grass.

We watched some not-so-coy Koi having lunch . . . with baby ducks.

We admired the flowers . . . and rubbed Buddha’s belly for good luck.

We relaxed by a waterfall cascading into still waters.

We allowed the ever-present peace within to surface.

And . . . we stuck our heads into the hollow of this monolith.

Put your head in the hollow of the stone and hum different notes.  When you hit the right note, you will feel a gentle vibrating sensation in your body.  The result is a harmonious feeling of well-being.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Jas - April 26, 2012

Loved the koi fish and ducks and also the monolith at the end… must have been an exciting outing.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Calming, Soothing, Serene, Relaxing, and Beautiful! 😀

2. jannatwrites - April 26, 2012

Ooh, that does look relaxing. Glad the leopard in the grass wasn’t a live one! (That would kill the peaceful moment.)

Glad you got away for a relaxing visit. Hope Tigger is doing okay.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Beautiful day . . . gorgeous gardens. I’m going to be posting more photos in the days to come.

Thanks, Janna. We’ll be loading up the little guy in 30 minutes to take him to the vet. We’re cautiously optimistic that his fever and blood glucose reading will both be significantly improved.

3. barb19 - April 26, 2012

Wow – what a beautiful, relaxing day you had! I could sense a feeling of well-being – just what you needed.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

It was just what we needed. We waited until Tigger had settled in for his mid-day nap and then we tiptoed out . . . to give all of us a chance to recharge our batteries.

4. sufilight - April 26, 2012

Wow, what beauty! And the hollow stone is not something I have heard of before; would love to experience humming and the vibrational sense of well being. That is if my hearing continues rebounding. 😉

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

I have never seen a humming stone before. It was wonderful. Even if you couldn’t HEAR the hum . . . you would FEEL its vibrations. Very calming and soothing.

sufilight - April 26, 2012

I am intrigued by the humming stone. Going to Google it and find out more. 🙂

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

If you find anything . . . please share! 😎

5. suzicate - April 26, 2012

Now that’s the lonly kind of leopard I’d like to encounter without a barrier between us! Your photos are gorgeous, This place looks so peaceful; what a wonderful stroll away from it all. Thanks for sharing.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

I have a few more photos to share . . . the flowers, the bonsai, the banyon trees, etc. In 3 hours, I took 126 photos!!! ~ more than I have ever taken in a single day. Ever.

Lovely place to wander around. The grounds include 14 acres with 8 acres of gardens of all types ~ succulents, wildflowers, butterfly gardens, bonsai, banyon, bromyliads, etc. Amazing.

6. sweetdaysundertheoaks - April 26, 2012

Sounds like a perfectly lovely Floradee-dah day! Glad you two took some time to just be. I am a lover of Botanical Gardens. St. Louis has a fine one. We have never been to the one in Sarasota. That will have to change! I feel in need of a visit to some lovely gardens today but they will have to be a little closer to home. Love your pictures this morning Nancy!

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Next time you and CH are here . . . you’ll need to schedule a visit. The gardens are just south of the bridge from the Marina to St. Armand’s Circle/Lido Key. Probably 30 minutes from Venice and well worth a wander.

sweetdaysundertheoaks - April 27, 2012

CH says “we’ve been by there, I know exactly where it is”. I guess we won’t have any trouble getting ourselves there 🙂

nrhatch - April 27, 2012

It’s right next to the Marina. Next time you’re here . . . you might want to add it to your itinerary. 😎

7. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - April 26, 2012

Isn’t this time of year, before the heat really comes, the best. Great photos.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

The temperature was PERFECT!!! Not too hot in the sun and not too cold in the shade. Just right.

8. terry1954 - April 26, 2012

i lived in sarasota and they have some amazing things to see. where u visited i have seen and it is gorgeous

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Yes! There are so many wonderful places around here ~ both indoor and outdoor. We also love the grounds at the Ringling Museum, the Mote Aquarium, the So. Fla Museum, GWiz, etc.

We could play all day and never run out of things to do.

9. William D'Andrea - April 26, 2012

Putting your head in the hollow of that stone seems kind of scary; claustrophobic and something like going to the guillotine.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

If I had stuck my head in there and bumped into a snake . . . that would have been SCARY. 😯

10. spilledinkguy - April 26, 2012

What a beautiful place, Nancy!
Makes me want to visit our Botanical Garden!
We don’t have quite as many tropical plants here, though (outside the ‘Climatron’, anyway)!

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Wait until you see some of the flower shots I took . . . probably tomorrow. AMAZING bio-diversity even among related species.

11. Three Well Beings - April 26, 2012

What a great spot! You just breathe differently when you leave that serenity, don’t you? Your sunshine sure has us beat right now! I could feel the warmth coming off the water and I just lapped it up 🙂 Debra

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

We really needed a break from our “cares and concerns.” Strolling around the gardens did wonders for our frame of mind and perspective.

Another gorgeous day today . . . off to the Vet. Paws crossed that the news is GOOD.

Three Well Beings - April 26, 2012

I sure hope you do get some good news, Nancy! I’ve been thinking of Tigger!

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Thanks, Debra. Just got back. Good news, not great news:

* Tigger’s temperature (102.3) is normal. He’ll remain on the antibiotics for 2 more weeks.

* His glucose reading is better (321 . . . down from 379) but not normal. The vet gave us 2 more weeks to see if we can get his blood sugars to a normal range (between 100 and 220). If not, we’ve agreed to give insulin a try.

12. cuhome - April 26, 2012

Wonderful photos and narrative, Nancy! It sounds like a wondrous experience you are having!

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Very relaxing afternoon for us, Janet. Just what we needed after all the excitement of the past week.

13. kateshrewsday - April 26, 2012

Gorgeous relaxing thoughts today, Nancy. And those really are incredibly sociable Koi!

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

A calming oasis of peace for us yesterday.

The baby ducks used the fish as platforms to climb up and out of the pool . . . then they waddled down the path with mom to the cafe to seek treats.

14. Jackie L. Robinson - April 26, 2012

Love the energy of your photos and the spirit of your words. Looks and sounds like a beautiful day. Felt lovely to just be in this space. xo

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Thanks, Jackie. We found it a lovely space for wandering.

15. Andra Watkins - April 26, 2012

I love watching fish. I could do it for hours. Thanks for sharing these photos today, Nancy.

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

The fish came up to the sides of the pool and let kids “pet” them. Very tame Koi.

16. bluebee - April 26, 2012

Hope that humming extends the good vibrations beyond the weekend, and to your Tigger, Nancy

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

It’s like the Beach Boys . . . I’m sending out Good Vibrations! 😎

17. thirdhandart - April 26, 2012

Gorgeous photos Nancy! Too bad people can’t live in Botanical Gardens. They’re so peaceful and beautiful. Glad Tigger is doing a little better! 🙂

nrhatch - April 26, 2012

Thanks, Theresa. We’ve been meaning to check out the Selby Gardens for the past 3 years . . . yesterday was the perfect day for it.

We’re delighted that Tigger is feeling a bit more spunky. And that we have 2 weeks to see if his blood sugars improve.

18. Booksphotographsandartwork - April 27, 2012

Beautiful koi!!I would so love to have some and that humming stone in cool. Dr. Oz said something the other day about humming helps an underactive thyroid I think it was. I have read that before in Dr. Amens book.

nrhatch - April 27, 2012

The humming stone’s vibration felt great . . . the magic of om?

19. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 27, 2012

I’d like to try that monolith! Sounds like fun. . .and healthy! That reminds me of a place in Italy (I think) where it tests liars – if you put your hand in and lie, it will eat your hand, if not, it’s won’t. . .something like that – my memory is fuzzy – I’ve only read about it or seen it on TV. I like your monolith better!

I can sing, and I don’t necessarily have to tell the truth! And even if I don’t right the right note, I still get to keep my head! 😆

nrhatch - April 27, 2012

I hummed in the monolith every time we passed by that day . . . a very unique sensation. Something else for your itinerary when you head this way. 😀

20. Tammy - April 28, 2012

What a wonderful space. I hope to see it one day.

nrhatch - April 28, 2012

When you visit, we’ll wander the gardens until our feet are tuckered out . . . and then head to the Spa. 😀

21. Naomi - April 28, 2012

Oh wow, how beautiful…and I want to stick my head in that hole too! Having just returned from a wonderful power yoga class (first in FAR too many months), I’m in the mood for more harmonious vibrations 🙂

nrhatch - April 28, 2012

The vibrations reverberated and resonated and did create a sense of well being.

Starting in the fall, we’re going to have Yoga class within biking distance of us. I may be the first to sign up. 😀

22. Team Oyeniyi - April 28, 2012

What a lovely spot Nancy! I love the little waterfall. I have such a “thing” for waterfalls!

nrhatch - April 28, 2012

We do too! When we lived in North Carolina, whenever we camped in the mountains, hiking to a waterfall often got top spot on the itinerary.

We’d pack a picnic, hike to the falls, and chill out while we ate.

23. Heyjude - March 15, 2014

very peaceful – a Zen garden.

nrhatch - March 15, 2014

We had an incredibly relaxing day there. Calm + Peace = Perfect!

24. aishasoasis - March 16, 2014

Greetings from Egypt! All of your pictures are very wonderful, but I’m crazy about that awesome, peaceful waterfall!

nrhatch - March 16, 2014

Thanks for swinging by, Kathleen! The gardens are splendid. We loved the waterfall in the midst of all the ZEN.

25. The Retiring Sort - March 16, 2014

Very nice!

nrhatch - March 17, 2014

So relaxing.

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