Friday, February 15, 2013

[Focus on Life Week 7] Beauty of Flowers

Flowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Welcome back!  This week's Focus on Life by Ms. Sally Russick is about the Beauty of Flowers.

Chicago Botanic Garden
I love walking through lush gardens lined with beautiful and colorful flowers.  This photo was taken HERE on my first visit back in Spring 2009.  As an artist, I am often inspired by nature  particularly by flowers.  I am amazed at how vibrant and well coordinated the colors are and it makes me think of how great and awesome our Creator is. 

As you enter the garden, you will be welcomed by a row of flowers and a sculpture of Carolus Linnaeus.
Here's a brief description of the sculpture from the Chicago Botanic Garden Website:
Carolus Linnaeus
Robert Berks, American (b. 1922)
Bronze, 1982
Heritage Garden
A gift from Mrs. Arthur C. Nielsen, Sr.
This figure of Swedish physician Linnaeus (1701-1778) looms large in the history of science and is appropriately placed in the Heritage Garden. Linnaeus established binomial nomenclature, the international system of naming plants and animals that is still in use today.
He is shown reaching eagerly toward the plants in his path with a collector’s enthusiasm. The prominent bird in the sculpture — a golden plover, which can fly for thousands of miles — refers to the many students of Linnaeus who traveled the globe collecting plants for him to name.
We had a wonderful time strolling, talking and taking lots of photos - bless his heart for being so patient 
in carrying the tripod and waiting for me to set-up.  Those memories are forever etched in my heart and mind - 
HHWW (holding hands while walking) and memories of sweet nothings whispered in each other's ear.

Kinda cheesy, huh?  Well, lets make everyday Valentine's day.

Let's see some more flowers HERE.
Take care!
♥  Michelle  ♥

23 comments:

Lola said...

Love the red/yellow combo in that first picture ... it looks so velvety ..

A Polymer Penchant said...

What a beautiful post, certainly focused on life - and enjoying that time together. I coulnd't agree more, let every day be Valentine's day!

Marlene Cupo said...

There is nothing like a stroll through a Botanical Garden to complete fill your heart with the love of flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Claire said...

ahh! summer gardens... i remember those...
gorgeous pics!

nbeltane said...

Both lovely shots.

Beti Horvath said...

Beautiful flowers and a wonderful look of enjoyment on your faces!

Courtney said...

Nothing cheesy about your story! :) Love the botanical garden shots.

Alicia said...

Nothing cheese about being romantic!
Love your pictures - and I love strolling through Botanical Gardens myself; there is something special about a walk through flowers!
Thanks for sharing your hand-in-hand-walks :)

Meeling said...

Looks like a wonderful place to visit!

(no. 45 this week)

Becky Pancake said...

Thanx for sharing your flowers with us. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day. The garden you chose is very appropriate. I even learned something from your post.

Shel said...

Stunning photography - I'm glad he carried your camera equipment and waited for you to snap these photos! Thanks also for the information on the statue/botanical garden. I'm born/raised in Illinois but have never been,...it's now on my list when I go back home!

Annette said...

Not cheesy at all!! You have wonderful memories of a beautiful place!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Lovely!

SummersStudio said...

Nah, not cheesy at all. Just a good photo from a memorable day. I haven't been to those gardens in years. But they are awe inspiring.

Patty Woodland said...

I love botanical gardens. A chance to walk in beauty in a city.

Sally Russick said...

Michelle, that sounds like a wonderful day, not cheesy at all! Beautiful photos! I get inspired by flowers too!

LoriF said...

Not cheesy, sweet! :-) I've been to Chicago many times, but it's usually in the dead of winter LOL...I'll have to try a better season, this looks lovely! Maybe I'll see you there...:-)

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

Beautiful flowers and photos. And a lovely memory of the day.

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

Lovely pictures and looks like a nice place to be inspired.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Awww - I just love the photo of you with your sweetie and your comment about his setting up the tripod for you. What a great Valentine's Week experience!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Beautiful flowers - looks like a wonderful visit.

AntiquityTravelers said...

LOVELY flowers ... that first one is such rich deep color that I love!

Karen Williams said...

Beautiful flowers and beautiful story! And nothing cheesy at all - sounds like the two of you had a picture perfect day!