Afternoon at the Arboretum

A few hours in the Arnold Arboretum turned up a wide variety of flowers and other photo opportunities. These are some of my favorites.

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I was taking pictures of this empty nest, and every time I got closer to it, a robin behind me started to freak out. I finally decided she probably had eggs in there, so I didn’t get any closer. When I walked away, she made a beeline for the nest!

Thanks, Mother Nature!

Just want to take a minute to thank Mother Nature for the break in the weather. Yesterday, I was out running errands and TOOK OFF MY JACKET. That’s right. Shirtsleeves. It was marvelous. We’ve been warned to expect another “event” next week, but to celebrate this short run of nice weather, and in anticipation of nicer weather to come, I’ve gone back in my archives to bring you spring. Enjoy it.

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Stay warm, everybody!

A Little Good News

There’s been so much tragedy all over the world this week, I can’t even begin to express how badly I feel for the people involved. Instead, I’m going to try to bring a little light to my readers. Flowers! It’s finally spring, flowers are blooming, and there is beauty to be found in unlikely places. I challenge you to look for some beauty, as well.

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I do not know what type of flower this is. They were very small, mixed in among the grass at Minuteman National Park near Concord, Mass.

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Spent a couple hours wandering downtown Quincy last night, and made the above image of a magnolia blossom from a tree between City Hall and a small cemetery where many Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. The image below is from a cherry blossom tree in front of city hall, in the last light of the day.

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I hope your day is blooming with beauty.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Color

Color – so many options! This week’s photo challenge is to share a picture which puts color center-stage. “A” picture. So naive, these Word Press bloggers. As if I could ever limit myself to a single picture.

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Cherry blossom buds, waiting, waiting …

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To explode in glorious pinks, made even brighter by the early morning sun.

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Magnolia blossoms, reaching for the blue sky.

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Brightly colored origami at the Quincy Lunar New Year celebration.

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Chrysanthemum, enjoying the fall sun.

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A weed. I don’t know what sort of weed, just that it was beautiful, with its reds and yellows magnified by the afternoon sun.

That’s my take on the theme for the week. I’d love to see yours, as well.

What are they wearing? Tidal Basin Edition

Walking around the Tidal Basin and National Mall in Washington DC on a pleasant spring day, you’ll see a wide variety of fashions, and last weekend was no exception. Here are a few of my favorites.

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I wish I’d been able to get this group together. Two pink strollers with identically dressed twins inside. One pushed by this woman with the lovely red hat, and the other by a woman with a red and pink ensemble. Someday, I’ll be brave enough to stop people and ask them to pose for pictures. For now, though, just this.

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Another twin – his brother refused to get out of the stroller. This was a family out on the Tidal Basin with a photographer attempting to take family photos. It didn’t seem like she was having the easiest time of it, since this one refused to look her direction, and the other one wouldn’t get out of the stroller. Loving the look, though, and it was even better in duplicate.

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This one was my favorite. A couple, both dressed in suits and white tennis shoes, holding hands and enjoying the early morning sun and the cherry blossoms. I want to be them when I grow up.