Friday, March 28, 2008

A Trip to the Chinese Garden

I can't believe I missed almost a week in my blogging. I'm late on a deadline, and updating the blog just didn't seem as important. However, I did finally get my pictures from Portland's Chinese Garden uploaded to my photo gallery at Piccassa.

The garden is lovely, an oasis of serenity in the midst of a modern city. Even though it was quite chilly that morning, my friends and I lingered, exploring every nook and cranny. A few plants were in bloom, including the camellias, but I'm sure it will be even prettier in a month or so.

The early March cold made my left hand, the one with tendonitis, cramp up, so I'm surprised I was able to take as many photos as I did. It would have helped if I'd been dressed more warmly and if I hadn't managed to temporarily misplace my thumb stabilizer. That didn't keep me from thoroughly enjoying the gardens though.

I'm adding a little slideshow here for your enjoyment.



What's your favorite garden? I always enjoy the one at the Huntington Library.

Lyndi

8 comments:

deboradale said...

Oh, those pictures are gorgeous! What a beautiful place... despite the chilly weather. My favorite gardens are the NY Botanical Gardens and the Planting Fields in Nassau County (NY). I can spend hours there just strolling and taking in the varied colors and fragrances. The only thing I don't like about the Planting Fields is the assortment of buzzy things - bees, yellow jackets. ::shudder:: Otherwise... bliss.
~Debbie

Anonymous said...

Linda-- your slide show is breath taking. You have much talent. -Kathleen

Anonymous said...

Linda-- your slide show is breath taking. You have much talent. -Kathleen

Linda McLaughlin said...

Debbie,

The NY Botanical Gardens and the Planting Fields sound lovely. I'm not fond of those buzzy things either, but the plants do need them for pollination. I really hate it when they get inside the car though. (shudder)

Kathleen, I don't know about being talented, but my husband did buy me a very good, little, digital camera, a Canon PowerShot SD800 IS. He's been a photography buff for years so he picked one with a good, wide angle lens. And I "fixed" some of them a bit in Paint Shop Pro. I do love digital photography. :)

Linda

Beth said...

Gorgeous photos! I love any garden any where. Being an earth sign we love nature in any shape or form. Thanks for the virtual trip through the garden

Linda McLaughlin said...

Beth,

My mother was an earth sign (Taurus) and she had a green thumb and loved gardening. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit it. Plants wither when they see me coming.

Lyndi

Sandy Levin said...

Great pictures. I know how life can get out of hand and something has to give - I've missed a couple of blogging days too. The key is to get back to it as soon as you can - otherwise the time will be eaten up with other things.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Sandy,

You're so right about life getting in the way sometimes, and the occasional break doesn't hurt.

Linda