Wandering the Botanical Gardens

Last week I rediscovered the local botanical gardens. I set off on a cloudy, dew-filled morning, hoping to take advantage of the soft light, but as soon as I arrived the sun came out in full force. Undeterred, I found this beautiful flowering bush, tucked away in the shade, and proceeded to examine it from every angle. I couldn’t get enough of the bright little yellow and red flowers. I just wish I had taken the time to read the name tag labeling it so I could find it again. Guess I’ll just have to go back.

yellow and red bush

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Happy Birthday Dad

My father died when I was just 11 months old. Today would have been his 62nd birthday.

It’s an odd kind of sadness to miss someone you’ve never known. That is not to say that I ever missed having a father in my life. On the contrary, I grew up with a wonderful dad. My mom’s second husband adopted me when I was 5 and had been a true father to me ever since. But that will never negate the desire to know my first father and the lingering questions of What If.

He loved daffodils, and perhaps due to an innate preference or my constant quest to find him in myself, they also happen to be my favorite flower.

Happy Birthday Dad. I love you, always.

Daffodils

Colors of Spring :: Pink

The neighbor children caught me sitting by a bush in our front yard with my camera and asked what I was doing. “Taking Photos” I said. “Of a bush? Why?” They replied. “Oh, because it’s what I do” :)

Pink and Green

Water

Another month, another challenge; this month it’s “Water.” I had planned on selecting a fun portrait to submit, but then I discovered the perfect reflection captured in these rain-soaked buds. I wish I could say that this was entirely intentional, but in truth it was more of a happy accident. I was playing with my macro lens and focusing on the droplets, not even noticing the reflection until reviewing the images in Lightroom.

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Here’s a close-up of the reflection. I considered cropping the image to highlight just this portion, but find that I much prefer the image as a whole, with the little extra surprise.

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