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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 | 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…

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    Eye Candy Friday | Camera Practice.

    When I upgraded to the iPhone 7S last September, I pretty much put away my DSLR (an eight year old Canon Rebel XSi). But over the past few weeks, especially as I look forward to Alaska (just three months away), I started to reconsider. This might be the only time I ever go, and I would hate to regret a missed opportunity for the best photos I could take. I pulled my camera back out. Whoa, I was rusty! It took a lot of tries, but I was pretty happy with my first effort, Renie’s finished wrap. I realized I need a lot of practice (and a bit of new…