The other day, the wifey and I decided to take a trip up the road to a place called Cathedral Gardens in Henryville, Indiana.
We've been wanting to go for quite awhile as both of us love to wander around taking in stuff and snapping what we both call, 'Artsy Fartsy' shots and what I call 'Nature porn' (Admit it, you like viewing flowers in the nude! Perv! TEEHEE!) and the other day, we went, with cameras in tow.
As stolen from their website @ http://www.cathedralgardens.com/ ---
In the small town of Henryville, Indiana lies one of the most picturesque locations in the Midwest, Cathedral Gardens. From May 1 through October 31, visitors may tour the grounds from Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Price is $15 for first visits, and half of that for every return visit. After the tour, you are allowed to stay and take in the natural beauty. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the fifteen acre planted of fifty two acre grounds. It is a place where time seems to stand still as your breath is literally taken away by the beauty surrounding you. It is hard to believe this place is just over thirteen years old.
Cathedral Gardens is actually thirteen intertwined stunning gardens with statues, fountains, flowers, plants, and a whole soul experience with something for all of the senses to explore. Not a single thing has been overlooked in its creation, with its walkways and walls lain by hand of brownstone painstakingly removed from the creek, and a reported ten thousand annuals (1) added to the grounds each spring. There are ponds with fountains, amazingly created pavilions, and annual additions to keep Cathedral Gardens eternally growing in splendor. But very few people knew about Daugherty’s Cathedral Gardens before the Louisville Courier Journal featured the stunning landscaping in an article honoring Daugherty’s efforts. In 2003, the first guests to the natural sanctuary were welcomed to view the grounds.
Throughout a tour of Cathedral Gardens, David L. Daugherty’s faith in God is apparent. From references to his religious strength to images along the grounds, including a cross-shaped pool, Cathedral Gardens is a thing of God’s beauty and grace. It is a tribute to God in all definitions of the term. You can not visit this place without leaving in awe of the wonder of God’s creation and the amazement of the concept which has blossomed into an incredible place.
At the beginning of the tour, after entering the gate, the tour guide stops the golf cart and a 4 minute moment of silence is recognized.
Four minutes of beautiful silence standing next to a pond, to allow contemplation of whatever.
It's probably the most beautiful and best part of the tour.
So, in honor of that, I will post the pictures with no text unlike my usual picture posts.