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Flower Power Walk

Now that the days are shorter and colder, summer’s blooms have given way to dried seed pods and stems. Gardeners across the state are making final preparations to rest their green thumbs this winter.

So, this is a perfect time to post a love letter to all of the people who make walks so enjoyable by lining our sidewalks with beautiful blooms. I truly appreciate the investment of time and money that goes into planting and caring for gardens of all sizes. Potted plants on front entry stoops, window boxes on balconies, and huge garden beds all have the power to transform a person’s mood.

On a gorgeous Saturday morning in August, I was reminded of the the importance of nature therapy. It had been a particularly stressful week and I was in need of some fresh air, movement, meditation, and creative expression.

The weather conditions were optimal for a photo walk. It was cooler than normal with a slight breeze and a bright blue, partly cloudy sky. Right from the start of my walk near Minnehaha Creek, blooms of all shapes, sizes, and colors caught my attention. I made frequent stops as I walked north on Bryant Avenue to Franklin. (Blooming Bryant Avenue should be an event).

I’ve recreated that morning walk with this photo diary. Please enjoy this digital nature therapy session. Turn on some of your favorite tunes and let your finger (or mouse) do the walking.

And if you’re a gardener, thank you! 

Purple blooms

Milk weed

Orange and red flowers

Berries on a plant

Caution tape and flower urns

Window box with greenery and decorative sculptures

Potted flowers in front of Urban Bean coffee shop

Square window with flower box

fake flowers

Flowers in front of Twist Hair Studio

Red door surrounded by flowers

Garden gnome surrounded by flowers

Rose bloom and buds

Janelle Nivens

About Janelle Nivens

Janelle is an urban explorer who likes to challenge herself to walk long distances (40 miles is her record). She lives in southwest Minneapolis with Scott and their adorable dog Stewie and works at the University of Minnesota. Janelle documents what catches her eye on long walks in hopes of inspiring others to discover hidden gems in their own communities. Walk with her on Instagram, Twitter (@Janellie23), and FitBit.