Working with a curator means that not all the images submitted will be used. Galleries can only hold so many pieces so some of my images didn’t make the cut for the Moment and Souls Exhibition. This one is entitled Sunday in the Park and was taken in 2009 at Luxembourg Palace in Paris France
The estate originally built by Walter Annenberg in 1966 was used as a winter residence by the ambassador and his wife. Sunnylands Center has since been used by many famous people and where President Obama recently escaped for a few days after finishing his term.
The gardens are stunning and free to the public. Tickets can be purchased to tour The Residence when it is not in use.
I have only been to Versailles once and it was a very full day. Of course we spent a lot of time touring the Château and the gardens immediately surrounding the Mansion. Then we went down a garden path and were in another world. Louis XIII’s purchased the lands around Versailles in the 1630s and formal gardens were laid out west of the château. The garden was expanded to its present size of 800 hectares (1800 acres) by Louis XIV in the 1660s.
The good thing about visiting Versailles is when we return we will not have to tour the Château and can take a picnic in the garden. You have to have a ticket to visit the château but the gardens are free to the people. I can’t wait to return. This is a statue in a small garden pond.
Lilies are the crown jewels of our garden. When they bloom Summer is in full gear. Lilies remind me of warm weather, swimming pools, lakes and walks in the park. I think they might be my favorite except for tulips, daffodils…oh never mind, I don’t really have a favorite. They are just beautiful flowers.
Living in Florida this winter was filled with many shocks and surprises. For one, I didn’t expect to see orchids in full bloom. I figured they need the full warmth of summer to bloom but some apparently like the cooler weather.
My Tampa friend, Jerry grows many orchids and this pink one was ready for its close up.
The beautiful tower complete with carillon was built by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Edward W. Bok in 1929. You can stroll the magnificent gardens while listening to classical music on the amazing carillon performed by famous music masters from Belgium, France and the USA.
It is located in Lake Wales Florida and at the highest point in Florida offering great views of the citrus groves surrounding the area. You can even tour Mr. Bok’s house and just imagine living there in the 1930’s
“Little Blue Heron”sounds like a song title or a rock band name. We were in the Florida Botantical Gardens stalking Osprey and Aligators and this little blue guy started to follow us. I think he works for the NSA or something.