Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spring Memories

Hello All! :)

It's a little funny-feeling that Spring is a memory now. And we're into summer... which has been surprisingly cool and balmy here in mid-Georgia. No blazing heat yet for us! :) (I'm not complaining about that though, no sirree.)

Without further ado, pictures I took at Callaway last time we were there.
As always, if you steal them without asking I will be mad at you. Please ask before you plunder. Just because I was too tired to put a name or blog url on them doesn't mean they're yours for the taking. :D

Everyone else (which means the pure-in-heart), Enjoy!

(Oh, by the way, I was also too pressed for time to edit any of these. Behold the raw beauty of images captured with my Olympus Pen E-PL1.)

An Easter Lily. Pure and white.
The estimable Sibley Horticultural Center, all decked out with dozens of Easter lilies!
A beautiful orchid. I think I have about twenty photos of this plant from twenty different visits... I seem to photograph it each time I see it. :D
The whole crew on the bridge at the Azalea Bowl. :) Minus me. I took the picture. :D
We were late for the Azaleas, which were unseasonably early this year due to our warm Spring. But a few lingered, and I had fun searching for them amongst the bushes like pretty little treasures. :D
I loved these pansies, they were so gorgeous in the early morning light. (We'd been there since sunrise, so I was able to take pictures in the delightfully diagonal morning rays.)
We were delighted to find the Mountain Laurel nearly in full bloom, something we usually miss during our Callaway visits. These are so pretty!

I also feel a special tenderness towards this flower because my middle name, Lauren, actually means "place of the laurel trees." ;)

Bokeh! (Bits of light) Ahhhh. Lovely.

A Native Azalea.
I kept dashing off the path we walked to snap photos of random bits of things like those fresh, new Maple leaves. My brothers looked slightly askance at me dodging hither and yon like some crazed butterfly, but at least they didn't interfere. :D

And... yours truly! I make no excuses for my appearance save that I had to get up at about 5:00 in the morning to be ready for the sunrise service. Blub. Have I mentioned that I'm somewhat of a night owl? My sweet Daddy snapped this shot for me outside of the Ida Cason Memorial Chapel. (Thus the reason you can actually see my hands.)

I will probably be missing in action for the rest of the week and the rest of next week, because next week I'm headed off to North Carolina for my third and final homeschool convention of the year! Wow. :) As always, there's lots of prep work to do.
This one should be fun though, it includes a homeschool alumni and college-age board game night AND a dance. Yup. I'm looking forward to that. :) A lot.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Which was your favorite?


  1. Beautiful pictures Julia! I loved that orchid photo by the way... :-) Mmmm....Flowers are just so gorgeous!

    Great post!

  2. Lovely, Julia, Simply lovely! :)

  3. Thank you, Lizzy! I love that orchid... :)

    Thanks Rose. :D I'm glad you enjoyed it. :D


  4. Yay for Julia being back! I'd missed you, girl. :) So glad you've been having a pleasant spring!

  5. Why the peach one, of course! ;)

    That comment you left on my post on More 2 Be, Julia, made *me* tear up. *thank you*


  6. Rachel H, Oh, thank you! That's so nice! :D Yes, my spring has been sprightly! :D And summer looks even more promising.

    Rachelle... of course! The peach one! :D I'm glad you found the comment and ever so happy that you were happy. :D You're welcome! :)


  7. The pictures are beautiful! I have a quick question though. Would you mind if I posted a link to your blog, on my blog?

  8. Lilies and orchids-two of my favorite flowers! Glad you got the chance to go.

    And your picture is perfectly fine; can't imagine what I'd look like if I got up at 5 am!

  9. I love the pink azalea picture! I take a lot of pictures of flowers myself. Especially the flowers I find during the walks with my dogs :)
    Greetings from The Netherlands,

  10. Hey Julia! I've awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award! Come by my blog to get it. :)

  11. I'm so sorry my dear sweet friend for never having commented sooner on this and other of your lovely posts that you have put on your blog this year. *pout* I have been very ashamed to see how lax I've become in blogging/reading blogs and am doing my best to remedy that fact now. ;) So, be prepared for a barrage of comments from me today! LOL!

    All the pictures of the plants, gardens, flowers, and such are so beautiful Julia! The horticultural center reminds me very much of Longwood Gardens up here...someday if you visit we'll have to take you. ;)

    My favorite is actually the picture of you! So pretty, *and* with matching lovely earrings of course! ;D {Hugs}

    Love you my sweet friend!
    God Bless!


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