It’s Busy In The Garden

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I recently traveled up to Canada and spent six hours in The Butchart Gardens.  It was divine!  I’ve been slow on my posts because of this trip, and I hope to share some special moments with you, now that I have returned.  The garden is a very busy place.  It is not only busy with tourists but insects too.  It was easier to catch a flower with a bug on it than not.  I think the insects should be included in photos with the flowers; if we did not have them working so hard, we would be in sorry shape here on Earth.

Getting nectar from the flowers.

Getting nectar from the flowers.

The Sunken Garden was one of my favorite places at Butchart Gardens.  It is filled with flowers and this is surely the place that I would want to be, if I were a bee.  This area was filled with people, but if you are patient, you can catch a photo without people and have a bee included, as they are happily flying about everywhere.

Life in The Sunken Garden.

Life in The Sunken Garden.

Look at the legs on this bee.  Busy, productive day.

Legs heavy with pollen.

Legs heavy with pollen.

The Dahlia’s were in full bloom and absolutely beautiful.  We had gone to The Dahlia Barn outside of North Bend, WA and are eagerly awaiting our April shipment, 2015.

Blending In

Blending In

Working Together

Working Together

I’m off to organize the trip with my photos.  I’m going to try to be back on my Tuesday blog schedule by next week.  Until then, go out and smell the roses, clip the dahlias for a bouquet, and fully enjoy your weekend.

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Moments of Silence

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I just spent a couple of weeks in the Pacific Northwest and we had a lovely time.  I took tons of photographs of flowers and I found that the jellies became a beautiful sea flower for me.

Glorious Sea Flowers.....Jellies!

Glorious Sea Flowers…..Jellies!

When we returned, we discovered that two of our closest friends moms had passed away and the glory of the adventure suddenly became a reality that many of us deal with far more often than we would like.  During our excursion I had snapped a photo of this flower that made me stop and take a look at it for a while (in silence).

A single flower that caught my eye.

A single flower that caught my eye.

I don’t know why it made me stop, but I wanted to admire it.  It is a simple flower but I found it so very lovely.  Please stop now and think about someone who you admired who has passed on.  We all know someone like that.  They mean something to us and we shouldn’t forget them.

When coming home, and now being at home, the sky was a smokey mess.  I took the next photo several years ago in the midst of a similar smokiness and I wrote this poem while missing my friends while watching a sunset.  Those friends were from Santa Cruz.

Polluted Sunset

Polluted Sunset

Sunset

The clouds so brightly colored

Appear brushed against the sky

And I stand so amazed

As I gaze with human eyes

The feeling is so warming

Yet, it’s empty too

For I would like to share

This moment here with you

Written by:  Bonnie DiMichele 1986

I hope this blog stirred some memories, of your favorite people, for you.

 

Whistful Water Waifs

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This will be a very short post, but I promise to fill my pages with wonderful photos from my Pacific Northwest trip.  I am simply overwhelmed right now.  I did want to share this with you though.  We went to Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, OR while on our trip.  The busyness of the bees was so much fun to watch.  I captured this photo and you can almost see the wings of the incoming bee.

Busy Bees on Lilies

Busy Bees on Lilies

I somehow missed ever seeing a water lotus before.  All the gardens that I have been in, have never boasted with the complex beauty that I found in these flowers.  I am only up to the 4th day of our trip, while sorting out the photos.  I try to put the photos in a book within 3 days of my return.  That will be tough this time.  So much has happened since we’ve been gone.  Hang in there with me……there is so much more to follow……..I hope you like these garden shots as much as I do.  

Beautiful Water Lotus

Beautiful Water Lotus

Ferns in the Canyon

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I have tried and tried to insert a photo of a water lotus that I took while in Portland, Oregon but my iPad is having none of it!  I will try again later but this post will come without a photo.  So sorry about that.  I have been traveling some and stopped at Fern Canyon on the way to Portland.  The place is beautiful and I’d like to share some of those photos as well but I guess my pad was not designed to work with me this way.  I can tell you this, the weather is gorgeous and I am exploring some places that I have wanted to see for a very long time.  I promise to share the photos as soon as I can, until then, here is my thought for you……Is there any place that you are just dying to go see?                  

                                                                 

                     (Then you should go and do it!)