Thursday, October 19, 2006

Beauty Everywhere

"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give you strength to body & soul alike."

-John Muir

Yesterday, (Wednesday) was my last visit to the Butterfly Exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers. The exhibit closes next week, and I won't have a chance to go back before it closes. Sigh. It makes me a little sad to see it go, but at the same time, it has been such a great source of inspiration for me. I have learned a lot about photographing butterflies from that exhibit, and other winged creatures as well. :) I am not as afraid as I once was, to jump right in and photograph the flowers and all the beauty that surrounds them... even the bees! :)

I am completely tired tonight, it was really warm in San Francisco today, so I am afraid I was tempted to push myself a bit. It was beach weather really, and I considered going down to the beach and letting the sand tickle my toes, but instead I decided to go home early when I began to feel tired. It's a good kind of tired that I feel, the kind where all I can think about is how good life is. :) I was supposed to go on a trip down the coast today, to photograph the Monarch mirgration to Pacific Grove, but I am too tired, so we are going on Friday instead. That's ok, it's just one of those plan B's I mentioned. :)

Scenes from Wednesday...

Orchid

Amazing Hibiscus

Polydamas Swallowtail

An unusual, hairy, orchid! Weird!

Blue Bananas growing on the ceiling of the conservatory.

Pink Amazon Water Lily

Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from Twin Peaks. The hills behind the bridge are in Marin County, (the Headlands) and if you look very closely, you can see the Waldo Tunnel.


-OndineMonet
"Beauty"
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, California
October 18, 2006
Afternoon

9 comments:

DesLily said...

even if someone didn't know "for sure", they'd figure out pretty quick how much you enjoy photography!!! awsome Carly!

kmm said...

Wonderful photos

V said...

Aw, I`ve so missed your blog.
V

BoiseLadie said...

Your photos are beautiful! I especially like the Golden Gate shot. Is there a rainbow painted on the south face of the tunnel?

Charley said...

what's the fuzzy lilly feel like?
Charley
http://journals.aol.com/cdittric77/courage

Charley said...

what's the fuzzy lilly feel like?
Charley
http://journals.aol.com/cdittric77/courage

Carly said...

Hey Charley :)

The lily has a very soft texture. :) I am afraid my photo didn't really do it justice, it's quite lovely to see in person.

Suzanne R said...

Hi, Carly --

I've been recovering and playing catch-up since my vacation so I just saw these photos. Sensational, as always, and how do you remember the names of the plants and all? I forget where I've been and what I've seen and often what day it was when I took the picture when I upload them to the computer. I suppose I should take notes, eh? :-)

Hugs!

Karen Funk Blocher said...

I thought for a moment that ortchid was a starfish! Lovely as always, Carly. That goes for the other photos in the entries I'm not commenting on. ;) I've got to get home!