Monday, June 15, 2009

Renewal

The last couple of weeks have been rough...the kind of weeks that sear the very edges of your soul. I've been overbooked, under rested, stretched too thin with my back up against a few too many walls and a painful dose of conflict thrown in for good measure. So, having found myself with an unexpected free hour I decided to take a long, leisurely stroll through Reynolda Gardens. I haven't done that in a very, very long time, but I used to go there often in my younger, single days and sit on this very bench to contemplate life and refill my spirit.

This was a gorgeous day, with the sun shining but not too hot. Being late morning there weren't many people there, so it was a perfect respite from the load. I took the chance to play with my new camera and had a great time looking for beauty and inspiration. Of course, here, one does not have to look far...it is all around.





There is a huge formal rose garden, one of my most favorite parts, and the roses are just coming into their own. Cliche, I know, but it really does help to stop and smell them! It takes time to meander through the pathways and really see each variety. On past the roses, the vegetable and herb gardens are progressing nicely. I can't imagine the number of hands it takes to tend it all.

I laughed out loud at this one...we do grow some unique things here in the South. And to think, I had mine the hard way....


I happened upon this bridal shoot and it was so beautiful I couldn't help but snap a shot myself. What a perfect setting to capture those special memories! I hope I didn't distract them.
I wonder if anyone has told her about the children's garden? :-)
My last stop was to wander through the greenhouses. I love them almost as much as the outdoor gardens. Lots and lots of cacti with their great textures, and the most amazing collection of orchids. I took more pictures than would be practical to post here...suffice it to say that the time spent there was just what I needed. I came away refreshed and renewed with a big collection of new photos for inspiration.
I especially loved this orchid...it looks like an angel...

8 comments:

Sue Andrus said...

Gardens are my favorite places to get away.... You have some great photos to use for inspiration! That orchid really does look like an angel...

Carole said...

Hi Karen, you have some great inspirational photos.
Seems I look to gardens.. especially for color and shapes....
I especially like to rose petals on the ground. Aftermath? of the wind, age... or left behind a happy bride?

Antonija said...

I'm sorry things have been rough for you,but going to a garden and taking photos is the perfect foil for all the craziness we have in out lives. Great pix!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

No sense worrying the bride-to-be with the children's garden yet; she'll learn about that soon enough... I had mine the hard way too! ;) Lovely shots, I felt like I strolled around the gardens with you. Thanks for sharing, hope you have a nice(r) week.

Jenny Williams said...

Beautiful photos Karen! I hope the respite refreshed you enough to last awhile. Life can definitely do a number on you if you let it. So when it starts to punch at you again, look at these photos and maybe they'll help.

Nane said...

Glad you found the time for a break...and now you gave me one!

Salem Stitcher said...

I'm glad you took a few moments for your self. You've been on my mind. We need another tea break soon. Just let me know when you've got a few minutes.

treasurefield said...

Reynolda, huh? I'm a Carolina girl, too.
^_^
That does look very inspiring as well as refreshing. I can relate to the need.
(LOL about the Children's Garden!)

Love your work, btw! Found your blog by way of Leslie Riley's. Going to try to keep an eye on your posts so I can be inspired vicariously. ;)