Hearts of Gold

Jude’s “Life in Colour” for the month of September is “gold.” In another month we will be heading south for a few week and I am looking forward to taking my new camera to the botanical garden for a walk around. In the mean time I thought I would share some flowers from earlier this year with “hearts of gold.”

Are these little beauties wearing their hearts of gold on their sleeves?
Does a heart of gold spread its glow far beyond.
This treat from the cafe was golden but the heart was berry…

Friday Flowers – in Pink

New Guinea Trumpet Vine

Jude’s month of pink is coming to a close today so I thought I would share some of the beautiful pinks from my last visit to the botanical garden before leaving Florida for Michigan. This New Guinea Trumpet Vine grows up the roof supports along the boardwalk into the garden. There is always something of interest along this walk so I usually need to stop for a few minutes to enjoy and see what I can capture with my camera.

But the next one is a favorite. Every time I’ve gone through this file I stop for a minute or two…

I was drawn to this waterlily because the sun’s rays was touching it just right as the sunlight was breaking through the bordering trees. On this particular morning I was following the gentle rays of the sun poking through here and there, not yet so bright it harshened up the shadows and washed out color. I did a little cropping and reduced highlights a touch – but all other post-processing didn’t have any value-added. As I cropped I noticed the hint of a reflection on the water at the bottom. That brings a smile to my heart.

Had to include some sweet memories – is that a touch of pink I see there? Do you think it will be enough pink to count on the very last day of April pinks? Jim and I split this scone and it was every bit as good as it looks. He took his half, the rest was mine. He was an engineer, so you would think he would be better at fractions, huh?

A Little Pink from the Lily Pond

There are some days when we need a gentle pink lotus blossom in gentle morning light to elicit a gentle morning smile.

I was searching for pink in the Botanical Garden and got a “buy one, get one free.” When the freebies are reflections, it sweetens the deal.

The outside petals and supporting foliage of the lotus blossom looks tough and messy, but when I look inside I feel calmed and protected.

These lilies are added to this month’s Life in Colour challenge of finding pink in our world.

Thursday Trios # 6

Mama Cormier hosts the Thursday Trios challenge. If you have a photo or two of three items, post them and link them to her blog.