A couple days ago, we took a little stroll over to the Wall Center in the evening, where I shot a bunch of pictures of the fountain, and the lighted trees that decorate the front areas of the three towers. We managed to get some decent pictures of these particular things, but I realized we had missed (due to the darkness) another aspect of those front areas that during the daytime at least, pretty much takes over as the star attraction of the Wall Center grounds, and that is of course, the garden areas, which I’m happy to say, are presently in the process of being prepared for how they will finally appear in the coming spring, and the summer yet to follow. So yesterday, I took a stroll down in the afternoon (it coincided with a doctor’s appointment), and to my great enjoyment, I discovered that there were indeed quite a few very photogenic blooms just hanging around the grounds, waiting for some person with a handy camera such as myself to show up and take advantage of the whole situation. And though the various plants hadn’t really grown in enough to make for great distance shots, I was more than pleased with all the opportunities for the up tight and personal close-ups that I know and love so well, so after an hour or so of wandering around the various beds, these are the best of what my admittedly amateur eye could come up with.
There are two things that come to mind that I want to point out here, because I think they’re both really interesting. The first has to do with a Blog that I follow called “A Tramp In The Woods“. The gentleman who writes the blog is a Botanist, and with each posting, he and his great little dog, not only take you for one of the most entertaining walks in the countryside that you will ever go on, but also one of the most educational. It was while I was walking with Colin and his dog Fizz that I learned that these straight little lines radiating from the center of some flowers (as seen prominently in two of the shots of one of the yellow flowers in my gallery) are used by insects to make it easier for them to find the nectar in the flower. Sort of like those alien landing strips you’re always hearing about. Anyway, I just thought it was interesting the stuff you can learn when you read great blogs, and Colin’s blog is one of the great ones.
The other thing I wanted to point out is more of a personal curiosity, in that it is a first for me, and at 58 years of age, anytime I apparently celebrate a first, I consider it a pretty noteworthy occasion. I say apparently, because at 58 years of age, I’ve also been know to forget some things, but this one, even though I can’t swear to it, I’m pretty sure of. I don’t think, at least until yesterday, that I’ve ever seen a lime-green flower in my entire life. I know it completely took me by surprise yesterday when I saw it, and I almost forgot to take a picture of it because I was so busy just looking at it. Since I don’t know how well my camera reproduced the actual shade on everyone’s computers, I’ll tell you that the first thing it reminded me of was Jello Pistachio Pudding. Maybe I was just hungry. Lol. Oh well, there you have it, my own addition to the “Spring Really Is Coming” pageant, just hoping to encourage everybody who by now is getting a little tired of these cooler months. So hang in there, stay healthy, keep writing, or taking pictures, or whatever, and we’ll see you soon.