Friday, December 30, 2011

Parque del Retiro Madrid

These magnificent gardens were originally the playground of the Spanish monarchs, they cover about 350 acres in Madrid proper. There were once very large palaces that were destroyed in the early 19th century. These beautiful gardens include many large statues, beautiful rose beds and a lake for rowing small boats! 
The light was very soft and beautiful when I walked through the gardens. While it is winter, there were a few beautiful surprises to photograph. I love being in public gardens and observing how nature adapts in such a big city, and how people who live in the city adapt to nature. 
Wishing everyone a very fresh and sparkly new year with much joy, grace, and sweetness in the year to come. 

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