In the middle of a noisy, bustling and crowded metropolis, lay a hidden kingdom. Behind the gates and beyond the woods, in the shadows of the stone garden, a princess was locked into dreamless sleep under the watchful eyes of a fiercely magnificent dragon…..
Meanwhile, beneath the glare of the midday sun, Poseidon’s daughter sun’s herself in the cool fountain waters as she gazes wistfully into the mists of sweet memory-the ocean and freedom.
A prisoner within a dream
Her comfort in the pool where she waits…
Yet her beauty is rivaled by the rising Phoenix, spreading its glorious wings in welcome of the admirers awaiting a small miracle from the kingdom’s most beloved creature. Beneath its gaze lies the tavern of sustenance and indulgent delights.
Weary travelers make their way to this oasis constantly….
On a quest
Rip Van can’t go on
Venturing deeper into the lush gardens, there appears from mists of the past, a great and treasured beast…..
She whispered of the miracle within the heart of her world. After traversing winding trails over bridges and and rails, we found the goddess who protects and showers the kingdom with loving tender care.
In her presence once feels loved
Her life is the pulse of the kingdom
She cares for its many living wonders with gentle adoration and appreciation….
Behold! The Green Emperor! Master of the Orchid House.
Beyond the Orchid House lay the tropical rain forest, filled with lush mystery….
And lo and behold there he was…..my prince!
Well…..he had potential. As he serenaded me I thought to give him a quick kiss! Alas….
This was as good as it got. So we put our heads together and decided our worlds were too different…..
The Zen garden was lovely as well. I made a couple of new friends there too.
Skink, the lizard of Georgia
Truly not a snake…
And so diverse!
The spirit of Cheryl
And then there was the magic of glass sculpture…oh my!!
Our last stop, the walk to this monument was long
but so worth it. That is totally neon. Can’t wait to see it at night
In the main building
The garden fountain. Glass waterspout
Alas it was time to leave the kingdom but we made a map so that we could return again….and again. Weary, but satisfied, we left the magic and wonder with tired feet and full spirits.
If you are ever in Atlanta, take a detour from the hustle and bustle and visit the magical kingdom….
I hope everyone has had a peaceful and love filled holiday. Ours certainly has been.
The world outside is a buzzin’ with life now that the temps are rising and the rain has been falling; but this weekend was beautiful and mild, making for long outdoor intervals. For us, it is always the highlight of Spring to plan and plant, and this year we are waiting and watching to see what shows up in the new place before we add or take anything away.
The Carpenter bees have been asserting their territorial tendencies lately, forcing a showdown at times; but they fight with each other more than us, so I am hoping soon they settle down a bit. They love to show off and virtually taunt me to take photos. The lens’s reflective nature will scare them also so it is tricky getting good shots. Still, there are those shining moments…
So annoying…..yet so beautiful!
So I just blew some bubbles and let them have their way in the blossoms!
This image brought to mind a favorite song from my..ahem…school days. I hope you will click on the link and enjoy it while viewing the remaining images of the friends and flowers in my world today.
I know not all of these magnificent seedlings will become new trees so am working on ideas to allow them to continue on in special ways. The jewelry is just one! Stay tuned.
When hubby researched the samara seedling he discovered that observation of its movement has inspired the design of a drop delivery system for emergency supplies and someone is working on a single blade helicopter design based on its movement!
Someone even managed to capture the seedling falling in a stop motion setting. What a beautiful job they did too!
This fellow and another were determined to be noticed this weekend. So I stood there with my camera taking dozens of shots in manual mode just to capture the essence in one or two images. I was determined too!