This week reminded me what a delight it is to live in Middle Tennessee during the spring and to work downtown in such a beautiful city as Nashville.
I took my camera along on a walk around the Bicentennial Mall during lunch the other day.
Looked at the granite plaques celebrating Tennessee's land shapes,
the first Tennesseans,
as well as a huge walking map of the state
Walked by the amphitheater
enjoyed the redbuds in flower
and another tree whose buds are red,
but turn white upon opening
I walked farther along the mall
approaching the carillon
that plays "The Tennessee Waltz" every hour on the hour
which you can enjoy in 360-degree stereo
got an interesting angle on one of the towers
then started back the other direction toward the capitol (on the hill in the distance)
got a little closer
down the sidewalk
then as I approached a stand of redbud trees
stopped to admire some tiny red berries on a bush
and got a closer look
and enjoyed a view of the redbuds against the blue sky
then observed the state flags against the same blue sky
before returning to work, where a large magnolia tree spreads its branches.