Photo Challenge: Air Plant Collage

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge is collage.  I was reminded of our trip to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. On the wall just outside the Doris Duke Center was a beautiful collage of air plants.

air ferns


We went to the gardens to view the Triangle Bonsai Society Expo inside the Doris Duke Center building. To see photos, click Bonsai.

To see my last photo challenge post, click Bridges.

Bonsai Expo at Duke Gardens

Over the weekend, we went to the Triangle Bonsai Society’s Expo at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.


I’ve always loved the living art of Bonsai, a beautifully grown and trimmed tree or shrub in perfect miniature.


There were Pines, Junipers, Ficus and even Azaleas.






One gentleman even had a rock mounted to resemble a miniature mountain range.

Bonsai mountain range

I really enjoyed the afternoon admiring and learning about these small masterpieces.

Have you ever attended a Bonsai event or have grown a Bonsai tree yourself? I’d love to hear about it.

Photo Challenge: I Love Bridges!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is bridges.

I have always loved bridges, the large, high ones that span rivers and highways down to the small, low ones crossing a creek in the woods. They are like tickets to another place you would ordinarily have to swim or fly to and, possibly because I’m petite, I’ve always like to be up high and look down.



stone bridge


wooden bridge


Which bridge do you like the most?

Check out prior photo challenges:

Dense Is Sometimes A Good Thing

Scenes From Atop

If You Just Can’t Wait For Fireworks…

If you are like me, you love Fourth of July fireworks! Sometimes I have to cover my ears (I’ve always been sensitive to loud noises) but I love the colors and designs. The bigger and brighter, the better.

Which are your favorite style of fireworks? Zigzaggy ones, sparkly ones…

Here are some photos to hold you off ’til the big day:







But remember, please be considerate of those who are troubled by fireworks. Namely those from the military and our pets.

Have a fun, happy Fourth of July!