Azaleas in DC – Franciscan Monastery

The azaleas and rhododendrons are currently in full bloom at the  Franciscan Monastery in the neighborhood of Brookland in Northeast Washington, DC.    I missed the tulips this year but glad to catch the azaleas and hope to catch the roses too!   The gardens are open daily to stroll.


Flowers at Mattamuskeet

I was looking for lions, tigers, or bears… found flowers instead at Mattamuskeet, North Carolina.

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If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.  — Oscar Wilde

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No Mud, No Lotus


           The lotus flower blooms most beautifully form the deepest and thickest mud.                          – Buddhist Proverb

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The Lotus and The Bee

Just wing it, life, eyeliner, everything… The Bee

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Keep calm and kiss a frog…


Airlie Gardens, Take 2

My first visit to Airlie Gardens was blogged in early May under the title:  The Garden by the Sea.    I loved it— it was beautiful and peaceful and I spent the day meandering around the gardens without a care in the world.   I couldn’t wait for a return visit.   So.. I visited this Labor Day Weekend, late summer! —  The camera clutz that I am, my lens hood fell onto Bradley Creek Pier and rolled right into Bradley Creek, never to be seen again.  Nothing was in bloom other than the odd flower here or there and it was hot, hot, hot.    The gardens were green; still beautiful…  still peaceful — and instead of the day meandering — an hour or two of purposeful walking that yielded the following results:



Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

It’s that time of year to visit Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens ~ Lotus are in peak bloom from late June until early August!  Visit Fine Art America to purchase a print of these (and other) lotuses.


Lotus Petals

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The “Garden by the Sea”

_DSC4259About a 2 hour drive south of Oriental North Carolina, my home away from home, lies Airlie Garden, also known as the “Garden by the Sea”.  Airlie Gardens is located in Wilmington, North Carolina.   My first visit, but definitely not my last, was on a very cloudy spring Wednesday.  When I arrived, the attendant told me it takes about 1.5 hours to make the trek around the gardens… I clearly blew that stat — as I arrived at 9:00 am and meandered with camera, 3 lens, and tripod until almost 1:30 pm…. only stopping because of the rain.

Airlie Gardens was peaceful, beautiful and lush — all 67 acres.







Lebanon Chapel, built 1835 on the grounds of Airlie Gardens.

iPhone 6 photo fun using Impresso App:

Titling Lotus Flowers at Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

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Today, I visited the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Garden.   It was my second visit.   Unlike last October’s visit (which I previously blogged about the local hidden treasure) the gardens were in full bloom.    It was hot hot hot – but so worth the early morning visit.   As silly as it sounds – today, as I was walking around picture titles kept popping in my head; here are a few:


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