Sunday, August 30, 2015

Foggy morning on the Kennebec River

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Drew and I visited Swan Island on Saturday morning. This is my favorite photo from the trip. It was taken at 6:45 am, looking toward the bridge crossing from Richmond to Dresden. Simply Gorgeous!

This scene caused me to reflect on the beginning of the school year. I thought about seizing each special moment, appreciating beauty where we find it, building bridges and making lasting friendships, and sharing our talents and knowledge with our students so that they can grow from what we know and experience.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Botanical Garden Whale Rocks in Action



Stone whales welcome guests to the children's section of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Flowers for Framing

I am being "commissioned" to find a trio of photos to frame for Shannon and Billy. So, I grouped a few of my most recent flower photos together by color and texture. What makes this more fun is that I can upload my photos to Fotor and group them in any order until we find the combination that is "the one." This is something I can offer to anyone who is looking for gorgeous flowers and wildlife for frames from 4"x6", to 5"x7" and 8"x10". I print the photos through Shutterfly.
Dahlias and snapdragons.
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Shannon is a certified lover of the color pink! So, I have chosen several groupings of pink.
Bachelor's Button, Dahlia, and Cleome.
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Purple is also a great color having some association with pink!
The only flower I am familiar with in this group is the morning glory.
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More pinks and purples...
Thistle, Crane's Bill Geranium, Delphinium
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Purple is my personal favorite color of all!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Green Frog

Green Frog
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This green frog was hanging out in one of the many pools at the Botanical Gardens. He is so handsome. He may be someone's future prince!

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
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We only saw a couple of Monarch butterflies while on our visit to the Botanical Gardens. I didn't get much in the way of good photos, but here is what I took. I also added an older photo to the grouping as well.

It is so disturbing to walk through the Gardens and see mostly bumblebees, just a smattering of honeybees, and only a couple of butterflies in a 3 hour timeframe. In years past, we were surrounded by butterflies, but no more...Widespread use of pesticides (for farming and home gardens) have spelled the ruination of so many groups of important insect pollinators.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Pathways abound through 270 acres of gorgeous gardens and forested trails.
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Billy, Shannon, and their nephew, Brad accompanied us to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. This is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. We are so proud to be members of this wonderful organization. We truly enjoy bringing friends and relatives to the gardens, as often as we can, as it is one of our favorite scenic destinations in Maine.
Gazebos, walls of flowers, fountains, and more are available for your pleasure.
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There is something for everyone of all ages at the gardens. We enjoy moving water and there are so many fountains spread throughout the gardens. None are traditional, and all are beautiful.
Billy and Brad enjoy the pathways made of stone throughout the gardens.
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There are rocks of all types throughout the gardens, and walkways lead you to so many wonderful places. The shiatsu stones are a big draw as people massage their feet while walking the circular stone path.
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Speaking of stones...Here are a few of my favorites as we walked down to the Meditation Garden.
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The Children's garden is my personal favorite in the Botanical Gardens. Children of all ages (from 1 to 100) enjoy the flowers, sculptures, exhibits, frog pond, and more.

We left our guests to wander the rest of the gardens as my knees just cannot seem to cooperate walking the all pathways throughout the gardens, as there are lots of elevation changes. We missed out on the river paths and the rhododendron garden, but they got to enjoy it all. Fun!




Friday, August 21, 2015

Stump Garden - Late August

All four sides of the stump garden (Click on the photo set for a larger view.)
The primary stump garden has gone through so many changes since springtime. Here it is in all of it's late August glory.