Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wordless Wednesday...

 A cozy morning to day(lily) dreeeamm!

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Special Visit...

An extra early flight out of Trenton started my journey to Orlando last Sunday.
A much anticipated trip to visit my eldest, Amanda, who'd been away since August.
We celebrated her (belated) Birthday and possibly new job with Disney!
But a barely visible take-off (and landing!) had me kinda nervous!
Frontier's slogan is "A whole different animal"
so on a wing...and a prayer!...was this adorable polar bear...lol.
  A quick curb-side pick up and off we went!
 Always such a thrill to pass under this banner...despite the raindrops.
After day or two of work (moving her out of the dorms), we were free!
So....we played 'peek-a-poo' at the zoo
 with a giraffe,
 flirted with the crocs (he did wink at me!),
and I swear this guy was hammin' it up for the camera,
ate like a...oink, oink
and even kissed a snake...
through glass!
We spent many hours window shopping,
admiring Disney's floral displays.
Wish I could grow poinsettias outdoors in NJ!
 Mandy even scored a very special Disney souvenir...YAY!
Of course, the nightlife is never dull in Orlando
 where every night is a reason to celebrate...with fireworks!
 
 The week flew by before we knew it!
I will so miss this awesome view from the hotel balcony.
 
Sadly, we must say...
 and cheers...to an internship well done!
'til next time, Orlando!  Hope I'll be visiting often!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

These Final Hours...

It's almost the final day of the year, friends.
The day when we look back o'er the year
and remember those truly special moments...
not just the happy ones that will forever
remain in our hearts,
but also the difficult and challenging ones,
 
for they not only taught us a lesson,
but made us stronger!
And it's a great day to remember that time is precious,
and not guaranteed.
So choose to be happy...
NOW!
 
Live in every moment...
 
with LOVE,
GRACE,

and GRATITUDE!
Happy New Year, Friends 
See ya in 2016!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Garden Art: The Earth Goddess


As you stroll along the shaded path towards the Cascades Garden of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, a glimpse of what's ahead stops you in your tracks!  You inhale in disbelief.  
How...how...how did they do that?!


The shape, the colors, the immense size!  WOW!  Walking faster than my little legs can manage, I reach the display...still with mouth agape.  (Be patient for the big reveal!)
 










This living artwork has become the signature exhibit at the ABG, since it's installation in 2013.  The sculpture weighs nearly 29 tons and contains more than 18,000 individual plant!











 What started out as a pencil rendering transformed into a massive steel framework.  The steel structure is covered in fabric and stuffed with soil-less planting medium.
Thousands upon thousands of plant 'plugs' are fitted into holes punched in the fabric.  And plant materials are swapped out for seasonal interest.
During my visit mid-June, you can see the plant materials included potato vines, coleus, duranta, lantana, and creeping Baby Tears.  These plants are trimmed by hand once a week to maintain shape and size. It is a sight to behold!
She is actually showcased across a pond fountain so all photos are from a distance.  I would've loved to been able to walk around the frame and see her up close.  At 20ft., the scale comparison would've been cool.
I have seen unusual topiaries but this is UNIQUE and INSPIRING!  As you can see, I spent quite a bit of time here...trying to capture her from every angle.
So of you ever find yourself in Fulton Co., Georgia, with a free afternoon...go visit The Earth Goddess at The Atlanta Botanical Garden....tell them I sent you!