Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dedicated to my SIL & PIC

my photography partner-in-crime
and i
went on a photo shoot

lovely afternoon
i say
just magnificently lovely

should i type it one more time so you'll totally get
 how lovely an afternoon yesterday was
or do you catch my drift?

good, let's move on

 because of how lovely yesterday afternoon was
(forgive me, i just felt it was needed)
i decided 
to dedicate 
this post 
to both my SIL & my PIC
(sister-in-law & photog-in-crime)

my SIL
who is a certified master gardener
up in new england
just loves to play in the dirt

she grows things
lots of things
lots and lots of things

all afternoon
 all i could do was think about her
as i strolled through the grounds
snapping my camera every few seconds

if you haven't already realized this no-brainer on your own
here's an invaluable tidbit of advise
*travel light*
don't go on a photo shoot like you're going shopping
downsize to a small shoulder bag
large enough for one extra lens, maybe
 a bottle of water
and maybe some gum and of course your wallet
and your phone
there's nothing more frustrating 
than having to put down a loaded purse, a bottle of water and a grounds map
each time you want to take a shot
good grief, do i know

now, back to the regularly scheduled post...

i know 
without a doubt in my mind
if my SIL lived in atlanta
she would live, breathe and work at

but, what i do not know is
how in the world i have lived here so long 
and never knew this hidden treasure was so close to home

and i have absolutely no idea
how they
(ie. staff staff and volunteers)
keep all the plants flourishing 
and their grounds so lovingly maintained 

the gardens
can not compete with the likes of 
let's say
but for a private and local park
they certainly blew me and my cohort away

and now without any further ado
here are some of my favorite shots from yesterday
i do not know what many of the species are
that will be for my SIL to figure out

i did not take notes

enjoy sis!

oh, and one more thing
SIL has made reference
to possibly doing a guest post here sometime

egg her on!!

all geeks welcome

and lots more roses

even this little guy had to get in on the act by sneaking in without my knowledge

and then there were these.....

did i forget to mention koi ponds as well?

where you can sit and meditate

where even their pond grunge, hopping with spiders, is awesome

can you find the spider?

and check out this amazing low growing plant ( the leaf size is about the size of your hand )

have fun identifying this one, sis!

and look how huge their ferns get!

standing up against my photog-in-crime

moving on to the conifer garden

where its all things "cone"

and everything makes you look small

who's that, you ask? 
why it's my PIC who i will miss dearly

while she hangs out
in the sunshine state for a few months
she's leaving shortly

what does this funky tree make you think of?

now, if you're tired
 from looking at all the photos
take a seat here....

and relax awhile