WRAL Azaleas

The news isn’t all bad since the frosty nights this week at the beautiful WRAL Azalea Gardens.  I went by today and was surprised to find many tulips in full bloom.. and azalea buds that looked pretty good. The few camelias also looked great. There are some that obviously got hit but they were pretty in their own way.

Garden Visits

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Beautiful Lotus

The garden is a place of joy and relaxation for me…and probably you as well. I spend a lot of time at the Raulston Arboretum either photographing for myself… for their website… or with students. But still, almost every time there is a new discovery and a moment in time to capture.

Found this hummingbird moth recently sitting still.. that was a first!

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Hummingbird Moth

It is great to go to the same place frequently and really get to know the environment. Recently I found a lotus that was drooping but I was teaching and just grabbed one shot (with student permission) so I would remember to go back later. The next day all the petals had dropped and the moment was gone. But I took the top photo on my return visit.. equally beautiful lotus.

Once in awhile you come across something so captivating you lose all track of time and it gives you a break from all the chaos in the world. Nature of any kind is so therapeutic!