The Lady in the Gazebo…

If you ever get the chance to visit the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, don’t pass it up. On Saturday mornings, for those who live in St. Louis and immediately surrounding counties, admission is free until 9am.

The garden is open year round and there is never a bad time to visit. One a bright, brisk, clear Saturday morning a couple weeks ago, we decided to visit for a glimpse of the garden in winter. We came across this lovely lady, eternally studying in her beautiful gazebo.

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This Victorian gazebo is one of my most favorite structures in an expansive garden that has almost an embarrassment of riches in beautiful buildings, artwork, designs, and botanicals. Situated perfectly in the grounds, the beauty changes with the sunlight throughout the day.

With the sun at this angle, I can imagine the lady within adjusting her papers to better capture the light, while she studies in the isolation of her beautiful enclosure hidden amongst the trees. I could spend hours happily in her company, imagining myself hundreds of miles and years away from the modern age.

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