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Journey of a body on this earth


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Dreaming by the Pond

The night I shot “Rising Gold”, the picture of the moon, I took this of Weeping Willows.  We have several of them here near the lake outside our back deck and they really are beautiful.  Standing there waiting for the moon to rise over the pines, I turned around 360 degrees to see what else could be captured.  The willows have such a dreamy quality to me, so that’s what I tried to convey here.  I wish there had been a duck in the pond but sometimes we just take what we can get.willow-web

 


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Ruth Bancroft Garden – Part II

For those of you who saw my previous post on Ruth Bancroft Garden, here are the last of the photos I took.  I apologize for not knowing the names of these glorious plants (well, maybe except for the lily pad, lol).   Hope you enjoy!

 


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Ruth Bancroft Garden

Today I stopped at Ruth Bancroft Garden.  Ruth Bancroft Garden is a 2.5 acre (10,000 m²) public dry garden containing more than 2,000 cactus, succulents, trees, and shrubs native to Africa, Australia, California, Chile, and Mexico.  It’s springtime, so everything was in bloom!

The Garden began in the early 1950s as a private collection of potted plants within Bancroft Farm, a 400-acre (1.6 km2) property bought by publisher Hubert Howe Bancroft (grandfather of Ruth’s husband Philip) in the 1880s as an orchard for pears and walnuts.  In the 1950s, Ruth Bancroft brought home a single succulent, an Aeonium grown by Ms. Glenn Davidson. By 1972, the collection had outgrown its location and was moved to its current site, then an orchard of dying walnut trees.

In 1989, it became the first garden in the United States to be preserved by The Garden Conservancy, and has been open to the public since 1992. Today the Garden is an outstanding landscape of xerophytes (dry-growing plants).

I have so many pictures but I thought I’d include just a few for this post and I’ll finish it up at a later date.   It was a feast for the eyes!