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    Three on Thursday | Atlanta Botanical Garden.

    My mom and I spent the day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and I had planned to make that today’s Three on Thursday post. You know, along the lines of three things I loved, or three new-to-me plants, or three favorite photos … but the reality of the Garden. in May. on a day when it’s warm but not hot, with a cloudy morning that gives way to beautiful white clouds against a bright blue sky. after days of rain. and an incredible special exhibit called (most appropriately) Imaginary Worlds. well…. here’s what my photos looked after I went through them It’s a good problem to have, for sure! so…

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    Birthday Weekending.

    Friday was my birthday, and there’s not a much better way to kick-off a weekend. Except with a sunrise walk. Followed by lunch out with Katie at one of my favorite places. Snacks for dinner (and enough leftovers that we didn’t cook Saturday either). Knitting with a girlfriend and a Holiday Spice Flat White. And a glorious Sunday morning run.  Loved all the comments here and on Instagram, plus text messages, emails, and a huge stack of snail mail. Feeling truly blessed. Thank you! and Happy Monday! (yikes, it’s almost dark … I hope the rest of this week doesn’t fly by quite so quickly!)

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    Looking Back | August and Labor Day Weekend 2017.

    Well hello Tuesday! I can’t quite believe it was a week ago that we arrived back home from Alaska. My mom got home yesterday afternoon, after almost four weeks away; spending a few extra days with us at both ends of the trip provided more opportunities for family gatherings … and recovering from the four-hour Alaska time difference and the red-eye flight home. For me the long weekend also gave me a chance to get started on the massive project that is sorting through 1,000+ photos and videos from our trip. I started with my August photo-a-day. Choosing one image to represent each of the 13 days I was gone…

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    Eye Candy Friday | An Evening in the Garden.

    Karen, Lydia, me Yesterday evening, my sister Karen and sister-in-law Lydia joined me for Cocktails in the Garden. It was our first time attending the event (which is held weekly during the summer), and it might be my new favorite Thursday evening activity! Lydia and I arrived a little before 5 – just in time to get in a few photos before the skies opened up. Thankfully the restaurant was happy to accommodate us a little early. Karen joined us and we enjoyed a delightful bottle of rosé along with the cheese and charcuterie plates. I didn’t take any photos of the food, but here’s the skyline view from our…

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    Eye Candy Friday | Another Morning in the Garden.

    Any morning that starts with this view is bound to be a good one! …and we ended with this. I taught Charlie the proper way to eat pizza – point first! He was a quick study 😉 In between, we visited the Botanical Garden for Story Time and a quick walk to the big lawn for some exploring and camera practice.  Quite unlike our last visit, the sun was shining and the sky was clear and blue. I used the 24-105mm f/4L lens (with a hood, but no filters). It’s a little big – and heavy – for being out and about, but when it’s just me and Charlie (no…

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    Eye Candy Friday | A Morning in the Garden.

    The Botanical Gardens feature prominently in my summer bucket list – not only to practice with my camera* but also to explore and play with Charlie. Tuesday morning, we did all of that! Katie took the day off, so we went with both boys (and a whole trunkful of gear 🙂 There are morning programs in the newly opened Children’s Garden every day. Tuesday is Garden Playtime with “hands-on learning and sensory stations.”  There were at least a half dozen stations with real bugs, play dough, and hidden “bugs” for the children to find. We thought Charlie would enjoy the Splash Pad, but I think it was his least fun…