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Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:03 AM
This past weekend I was in the lovely city of Kingston at the Ontario Provincial Basketball Championships for Midget Boys (Under-15). While waiting for the Gold Medal game, which our club had qualified for, I took my camera and went for a quick tour. Lo and behold, I came across a Rock Garden, something that was new to me, and which I was fascinated by.

According to Wikipedia, a rock garden "is a type of garden that features extensive use of rocks or stones, along with plants native to rocky or alpine environments.

Rock garden plants tend to be small, both because many of the species are naturally small, and so as not to cover up the rocks. They may be grown in troughs (containers), or in the ground. The plants will usually be types that prefer well-drained soil and less water.

The usual form of a rock garden is a pile of rocks, large and small, esthetically arranged, and with small gaps between, where the plants will be rooted. Some rock gardens incorporate bonsai.

Some rock gardens are designed and built to look like natural outcrops of bedrock. Stones are aligned to suggest a bedding plane and plants are often used to conceal the joints between the stones. This type of rockery was popular in Victorian times, often designed and built by professional landscape architects. The same approach is sometimes used in modern campus or commercial landscaping, but can also be applied in smaller private gardens."

SOURCE (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_garden)

I hope you enjoy the pics from the garden, as well as those from in and around the city.

Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:08 AM
These are easily seen from the roadway...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132369.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132371.jpg

Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:10 AM
There was quite a bit of color...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132338.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132339.jpg

Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:14 AM
The footpath seemed cloaked in its own mystery, but as time was of the essence, I was unable to take the bait to see where it would lead.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132340.jpg

Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:20 AM
This is a close-up of the signage in the lower picture...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132343.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132342.jpg

I think the creativity of using different stones from various place of worship, prior to 1900, to form "The Gathering", was brilliant.

Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:22 AM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132344.jpg

Below, I was quite surprised to see these pines at this time of year...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132345.jpg

Diplomat
05-18-2007, 03:26 AM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132346.jpg

Pepper
05-18-2007, 12:04 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The footpath seemed cloaked in its own mystery, but as time was of the essence, I was unable to take the bait to see where it would lead.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132340.jpg </div></div>

Oh how I wish I could take a walk on this trail right now. Just this morning I woke up longing to take a vigorous walk. sigh

Diplomat
05-19-2007, 06:29 PM
I know the feeling. Every time I look at the path, it just seem to "draw" me in. More pics to come from the Rock Garden.

churchgirl
05-19-2007, 06:30 PM
Rock Garden! Buh ennybady evva si mi dying trial. \o/ /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif Anyhow, nice pics CEW.

Diplomat
05-20-2007, 05:23 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: churchgirl</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Rock Garden! Buh ennybady evva si mi dying trial. \o/ /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif Anyhow, nice pics CEW. </div></div>

Thank you. I see you've never heard of a rock garden either, huh? It's amazing how much we can discover if we take the time do a foot tour of new places we visit.

Diplomat
05-20-2007, 05:28 PM
I was the only one in the garden for the time I was there, and when I composed the picture below, it was so tempting to stay there and take in all that view. Very tranquil as well...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132347.jpg

Below, all those rocks around the trees...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132348.jpg

Diplomat
05-20-2007, 05:31 PM
Another beckoning footpath...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132349.jpg

Diplomat
05-20-2007, 05:36 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132354.jpg


http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132352.jpg

Diplomat
05-20-2007, 05:40 PM
More color...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132355.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132357.jpg

Diplomat
05-20-2007, 06:09 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132358.jpg

In part, the tribute - dedicated on November 11, 1994 - read (in English and French):

Dedicated to the memory of the men and women of the Canadian Forces who proudly served with the 1st Canadian Division at home and abroad in the pursuit of peace, and to those who will continue to serve in the future. ... This heritage will be carried on by those who wear the "Old Red Patch" on the right shoulder of their uniform.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132360.jpg

Diplomat
05-22-2007, 11:48 PM
Last set from the Rock Garden...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132363.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132365.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132370.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132372.jpg

Vi
05-24-2007, 05:42 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Last set from the Rock Garden...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132363.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132365.jpg
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OH MY, these two shots are beautiful. Never heard of a Rock Garden, very interesting their choice of collections. Thanks for sharing CEW.

wandaweberg
05-24-2007, 06:49 PM
ADORE this one!! Truly beautiful!


http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston_ON/P5132363.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 07:13 PM
Vi & WandabeinJA, thanks much for stopping by and for your appreciation of the Garden. I really enjoyed that place /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 07:42 PM
The Rock Garden took up quite a bit of time, and as mentioned before, I was hopping around the immediate part of city we were in while waiting for the Gold Medal basketball game to begin.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132308.jpg

Above, St. Mary's Cathedral (if I recall correctly), and below is St. Andrew's Presbyterian

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132314.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 07:46 PM
This Pub & Restaurant was right across the street from St. George's Presbyterian, which might explain why it was closed on a Sunday.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132313.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 07:51 PM
Our basketball boys at EastSide Mario's on Saturday night before the semis...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5122300.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 08:06 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132318.jpg

History of the Fort (http://www.parks.on.ca/fort/pasthist.htm)

Ever since I was a kid, the military has fascinated me. After leaving high school, I was all set to enlist as an officer in the Jamaica Defence Force, but my mom feared for my safety and I switched career paths. I still maintain a passion for it, and it was quite the thrill to be in this military town.

Fort Henry was not yet open to the public, but I was able to capture a couple of pics.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132319.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132320.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 08:09 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132323.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132327.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132333.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132334.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 08:17 PM
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132332.jpg

The plaque on the side reads as below:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132330.jpg

Picture time was over, and it was time to get to the game!

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 08:32 PM
In this building, in over an hour, we would know who were the Division 3 Midget Boys Provincial Champions!

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5122271.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5122269.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 08:35 PM
In front of the building was an interesting monument. Interesting in the sense that I've never heard of anything similar on a school compound...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5122270.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5122267.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5122266.jpg

Diplomat
05-29-2007, 08:43 PM
GOLD Medal Game scoreboard at the end of regulation time...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/kemkev/Kingston2/P5132373.jpg

Against all odds, our boys had won 5 consecutive games in the tournament, and in this their 6th and final game, they could "taste" GOLD. Four minutes of overtime to go, and three key players playing with four fouls each.

It was a tough game, with our boys down by 8 to start the fourth quarter, but spurred on by the loud support of parents and friends, they fought back for the tie. Tension was high, the noise in the gym was loud, and our nerves were "shot" \o/ Could they pull it off? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70402-thinking.gif