Flowers were bloomin' in the Arnold Arboretum this Spring...
Flowers of the unique Dove Tree...It also is called the handkerchief tree due to how its flowers hang. They appear to be like the wings of doves. The story of how the tree was first acquired from western China by a Harvard explorer/horticulturist around 1900 is pretty interesting.
These crocuses were the first Spring flowers to appear.
The Shapiros and Z Zankel soak up the divine scents of the Arboretum's lilacs.
Outside of the Arboretum and along the Promenade of the Charles River
And further afield, a strange finding of glass bottles in the middle of the forest out at Blue Hills Reservation.
After driving around and surfing on the south and west coasts of Puerto Rico, Marié and I dropped off our rental car in San Juan and checked into our funky hotel in the heart of Old San Juan. Arriving within Old San Juan you feel like you're stepping foot into an old Spanish city, yet here we are in the "New World" in the good ol' USA. The forts here date back to the 16th century when San Juan was a strategic base and stopover point for Spanish explorers crossing the Atlantic to plunder gold and resources from all over the Americas.
A view from our balcony at Da House. In the alley below lies San Juan's most famous salsa club.
old blue brick streets
Looking out from one of the batteries in Castillo de San Cristobal...
At Castillo San Felipe de Morro