Archive for May, 2009

30
May
09

Hesitation

401. Airport

401. Airport

Three seats across.
Nineteen rows.
One attendant.
Two pilots. Ah, at least the two pilots made it easier for me to board this plane.

I was expecting. . . bigger?

29
May
09

Unlucky 13?

203. Numbers

203. Numbers

Skies were clear in Madison, no storm activity from the Midwest to the East Coast. Family in the New York City area reported mostly clear skies, just a few clouds.

Yet, our flight delayed 2 1/2 hours due to thunderstorms. Hmmm! Gate 13? Go figure!

28
May
09

Thai Pavilion

109. Foriegn

109. Foriegn

No nails, no screws, and no metal fasteners of any kind were used to craft the Thai pavilion that is the centerpiece of the Thai Garden in Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin. It was assembled by Thai craftsmen in Thailand, then dis-assembled and shipped to Wisconsin. The Thai artisans then re-assembled the pavilion in the Gardens.

The open-air pavilion, called a “sala” in Thailand, is 40 feet long, 22 feet wide, and 30 feet high. It was a gift to the University of Wisconsin-Madison from the Thai Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association and the government of Thailand through its king, and it bears the Royal seal of the Thai crown.

The Gardens feature a large reflection pool and uses plants suitable for Wisconsin climate that give the feel of those found in a Thai garden. There are hardy, large leafed plants, shrubs and trees, pruned to mimic the look of tropical plants.These plantings are designed to promote a serene setting – de-emphasizing color and emphasizing texture and form.

27
May
09

Turning 21

48. Celebration

48. Celebration

It’s not every day that your youngest turns 21 and invites you to go to the local pub at the stroke of midnight, so you can share a little birthday cheer. Note that the friendly staff taped a birthday candle to her glass. They presented her drink while singing “Happy Birthday!” A class act.

26
May
09

Detail of a Fern

55. Closely Cropped

55. Closely Cropped

On a hike this morning, came across a field of ferns. I love the delicacy of these plants. And green–so nice to see a sea of green again!

25
May
09

In the Pink

408. Camouflage

408. Camouflage

A quick shot of a cardinal as he flitted from branch to branch. You’d think a bright red bird would be easy to see in all these pink flowers.

24
May
09

The Friendly Ants

436. Nature

436. Nature

Garden lore has it that ants are needed for the peony to set bud and to open the blossoms. Not true! But the ants do have a symbiotic relationship with the peonies. The ants are attracted to the sweetness of the nectar. At the same time, they also eat insects that would be harmful to the peony petals.