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the Atlanta Botanical Gardens / Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar


We went to Atlanta with the intention of seeing the Tutankhamun exhibit which elya kindly got tickets for as a belated birthday present to me, but we got COMPLETELY LOST because I got directions to the High Museum (where it was last time) and not the Civic Center, so we parked at the High and started walking... 30 minutes later we looked at a map and realized we were only halfway there, and the ticket is only good for a certain entry time. I was very upset, cursing and on the edge of tears because Egypt is of great spiritual significance to me and this would be the SECOND time I had missed my chance to connect with it here. My partner comforted me by promising that we'd get tickets and go before the exhibit ends in May (this is a big sacrifice because ze hates going to Atlanta and the tickets are expensive). So as not to waste the day, we went to the Botanical Gardens by following the signs I'd spotted on our walk (surprisingly easy! we actually didn't get lost!).





on the trip down...


a photo of my new knotted rainbow camel bell wristband (since it will be in later photos). This is the first wristband I've made in probably 10+ years (I don't generally wear them). The yellow bead is honey jade, the others are dyed buri nut. I made an anklet with camel bells before but it was too noisy -- every step was a loud jangle. Wrist bells make much subtler sound.

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crazyfaceBel! and my new 20oz coffeemug!!! muahahaha!

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and sultryBel with sexyMug *wicked giggles*

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This was the only part of the exhibit that I got to see :-( It was pretty awesomely surreal to see Anubis in the middle of Atlanta though :D

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a Magnolia that called to me on our long walk back... such a beautiful, nurturing spirit despite what seems to me to be overpruning (I love how Magnolias reach out along the ground, so I don't like seeing their shape changed with pruning)

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such a sweet spirit ♥ I was really distressed over missing the exhibit and spending a little time in zir shade helped me so much ♥

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the magnolia was in the yard of the Atlanta Woman's Club (we didn't go in, but I'd like to check it out some time)

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We arrived at the Atlanta Botanical gardens and this fountain welcomed us at the entrance -- so beautiful!

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I love the roots!

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new leaves

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spring green!

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I was full of joy by then ;-)

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tongues to the sun

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I love the double triquetra shape -- these are spring starflowers! (thanks Gayle!)

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some of Dale Chihuly's art from zir exhibit many years ago

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the trees you see beyond with just the barest blush of green are part of the gardens but were closed (people were working on the paths) -- I can't wait to come back and wander among them, they're magnificent!

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grape hyacinth (thanks Anika!)

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I love this photo ♥

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this sculpture reminds me so much of Hannah!

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bad photo -- the light was glaring -- but I love this plant! and now I cannot remember what it is called!

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Japanese Maple, all aflush with spring eagerness

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red, glowing pink with sunlight

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rainbow!!!

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these budding leaves remind me starkly of dragons or blood-red swans

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we went into the hothouse and this little froggie posed just for me! one second later ze moved more under the leaf so that just zir tiny bum was poking out.

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the glass was all smeared -- still, it's a Kate-friend! :D

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ohhh, the light shining through ♥

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jade vine! with its violet stems

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jade vine from underneath (it reminds me of an anemone)

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ohh, the delicate veins!

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♥ ♥ ♥

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rainbow in a waterfall!

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in the conifer garden ♥ (which I LOVEDDDD)

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the most amazing tree! ♥ The Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula').

This was such a beautiful experience ♥ Immediately on seeing zir I had to run up and touch zir, and on touching zir I had to hug zir! I wanted to nuzzle in and LIVE there. I haven't had such a wonderful experience with a tree in a long time... and ze was so SOFT! Cuddly, even! It was amazing to look in, step in, feel softly surrounded by such an incredible spirit. I feel blessed to live so near to one (even if I would have to pay $12 plus gas to see zir every time), because they're very rare... and this one has an almost feline spirit, as if saying "I may be cultivated but I am not tamed."

I've since looked up other trees of this species and I really want to visit the National Arboretum in Washington D.C. and the Kubota Garden in Seattle, Washington. I'd also like to visit this one in Arboretum de la Vallée-aux-Loups, but France is very low on my list of places I want to go. Maybe sometime when I'm visiting Hannah in Belgium we'll take a day trip ;-)

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with violet-tinged branches

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and the softest scales!

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so delicate!

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peering into the heart of the tree

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zir heart

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seer

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zir arms

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in zir embrace!

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so welcoming!

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would you like to join me?

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giving zir the 20th hug ♥

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happy glow

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where I belong

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Comments
tomatoes
cunningbunny ══╣tomatoes╠══
Lovely photos. I love Japanese Maples and all trees with non-green leaves.

I might be mistaken, but isn't that a grape hyacinth and not a bluebell? I'm not familiar with bluebells but I grew grape hyacinths with my grandmother (and still have several blooming on my mother's property) and they look just like that, though sometimes darker.

I haven't had a good museum trip in years, and it makes me sad. :-( I love museums, and the Egypt exhibits were always a personal favorite (Egypt was an obsession starting in childhood). I'm sorry you missed it, but at least the day wasn't a total loss! :-)

Edited to correct spelling, and here, I googled this page: The photo at the top is the color of the ones that I always planted. Definately seems like a "Bel color."
eccentric
belenen ══╣eccentric╠══
thanks!

oops! editing that ;-)

yeah! I've since found tickets that offer both Tutankhamun and the terracotta army (which my partner is interested in) for the same price as ONE, so I think it was meant to be!
be merry
cunningbunny ══╣be merry╠══
Ooh, the Terracotta Warriors would be so interesting to see! Vince would love that exhibit, too...he's the history buff, but both of us are really fascinated with East Asian history. We love the little museum in the middle of China in Epcot, heh.
queerbychoice ══╣╠══
Oh! The flowers you labeled "double triquetras?" look exactly like some I found in a park around here a few weeks ago. The ones here turned out to be Ipheion uniflorum - a non-native that has naturalized in many areas, including yours. I think that could be what you found.

The frogs are amazing, and I love the pictures of you in the middle of the weeping blue atlas cedar.
tree joy
belenen ══╣tree joy╠══
coool, I love the common name!

thank you! ♥ My partner won't let me take any photos of zir (*weeps*) but at least ze's willing to take photos of me sometimes ;-)
regina - and it's contagious
musicandmisery ══╣regina - and it's contagious╠══
Oh Bel I am so overwhelmed! So beautiful! All the plants and flowers and trees... ♥ None of our tress have leaves yet, it's depressing me so much. But these pictures will tide me over until our spring comes. :)

And I really like the pictures of the poison dart frogs - they're one of my favorite animals. :)

"peering into the heart of the tree" is my favorite of you. ♥ Oh my gosh, so beautiful. And so is the one of your eye. :)

I'm amazed! Thank you so much for the pictures! ♥
Shiny Ban!
writer_lilies ══╣Shiny Ban!╠══
Wow. So beautiful.
jendaby ══╣╠══
You take such beautiful photos! I have enjoyed reading about your experiences in the past, and today was no exception! I am sorry you weren't able to go to the Egypt exhibit, but it seems like you were meant to find that tree instead! *hugs*

If you are ever in NYC and would like to see the Egypt wing ast the Met, let me know! you are also totally welcome to stay here with us if you need a place to crash. :)
xochitl ══╣╠══
I love the botanical garden. It's not the most impressive garden I've been to, but it's such a nice oasis here in the middle of the city. :)
tralfamadore ══╣╠══
I simply adore that this entry has been tagged with a title of "destined happenings." From previous entries I know how much you wanted to view the Tutankhamun exhibit, and hearing that you missed it for the second time initially upset and saddened me. But reveling in the pictures of the area you were able to explore as a result made me wonder for myself if perhaps this wasn't the universe's way of introducing you to a more pressing matter for the moment. The emotions and expressions that are conveyed through these photographs are so awesome, so incredibly powerful that I feel this radiating sense of peace and joy all throughout me. And though it's unfortunate you missed your exhibit again, I can see that what you gained in return was absolutely incredible.
open
frecklestars ══╣open╠══
The grape hyacinths are my particular favorite. This was a pleasure to read. Also, the photos are really really good. I felt like I got to know some of the plants. I miss botanical gardens.
this is my heart. it keeps me alive.
smurfb1ue ══╣this is my heart. it keeps me alive.╠══
What a beautiful place. There's something so magical to me about Japanese Maples (and red leaves in general); they're just so beautiful. The frogs make me miss my tree frog Jimi Hendrix, even if his crickets always escaped to unwanted locations in my house.
How big was the statue? It looks incredible.
sidheblessed ══╣╠══
I hope you do get to see the exhibition!

It looks like you were meant to see those trees, though. I can feel your connection with some of them, especially the last tree! ♥
aerialmelodies ══╣╠══
Wow, your photos are amazing. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the gardens! I'm confident you'll make it to the Tut Exhibit... it isn't too far from the High, but I could see it being a daunting walk (no thanks to construction and traffic, ugh). <3

Did I mention how incredible all of the photos are?! ;)
tangerinedada ══╣╠══
I love each and every one of these photos, I can see the love and care you put into each one. SO beautiful!! And very inspiring :D
ghibli - SA - the river spirit
moonvoice ══╣ghibli - SA - the river spirit╠══
Just beautiful, beautiful photos.

Thank you so much for sharing! And you are gorgeous, as always. :D You look so at peace among our plant brethren.
tindomerel ══╣╠══
Oh, how beautiful. Just looking at the pictures is so soothing & uplifting at the same time. :)
Season - Spring
jenniology ══╣Season - Spring╠══
I'm in awe - and even the most beautiful photo will only ever portray a fraction of the atmosphere of any place! It must've been wonderful.

I'm oddly happy to see you have grape hyacinths as well - they're fond childhood memories of mine! I always pretended they were blueberries gathered by tiny fae folk in our garden. ^^
biznessman_alfa ══╣╠══
such beautiful photos!! my favorites have to be "tongues to the sun" and the "spring starflowers," and the last 3 definitely. i looove pictures of flowers. if it ever warms up here i can take some of my own. there's tons of flowers here when the season is right. and it sounds like you definitely had some fun at the gardens, but i'm sorry you missed your chance to see the Tutankhamen exhibit tho.

i'm hoping when the weather warms up, Brent and i can go down around Louisville because they have a "Secret Garden" with all kinds of trees and flowers. not necessarily a botanical garden, but kinda. i'm hoping i can take tons of pictures.
camilleyun ══╣╠══
Fantastic photos.

I wanted to see the Egypt exhibit with Josh. Maybe we can go together.

I love the camel bells.

People tell me I make them crazy because I wear my keys on my belt loop and they jingle like a bell when I walk. People always know when I am coming.
willow_cabin ══╣╠══
Beautiful. That twirly blue and white sculpture took my breath away for a moment. I love all of the color in the photos of yourself. The last ones with you and the tree are very sweet. And cute froggie! :D
suesniffsglue ══╣╠══
BEAUTIFUL photos! Wow!
saturnsdaughter ══╣╠══
Aww, I'm sorry that you missed the Egyptian exhibit! I would've been pretty upset myself; I've had an obsession with ancient Egypt since I was a kid :)

Wow, you certainly got a lot of lovely photos. I wish there was a place like that around here. There's so many beautiful things that can't grow in our climate :(

lindsey_locke ══╣╠══
I love the pictures! I live in Atlanta, and get out to the Botanical Gardens whenever I have an exceptionally bad time. The Chihuly exhibit was amazing! I have about a million photos of it when it was last in town.

You know, if you ever decide to make a weekend of your trip to Atlanta, you are more than welcome to stay with me. I'm moving in the next few weeks, and I will have couches and an air mattress, and NO ROOMMATES!!! *Yay*

So, you know, as long as you don't mind 26 lbs of awesome beagle (because Damien would welcome you like no other) let me know when you'll be back, and you can crash at my place for as long or as little as you like.
ta/ scarlet's walk through the voilets
acid_burns ══╣ta/ scarlet's walk through the voilets╠══

Fantastic pictures, beautiful. ♥ Absolutely loved this post because everything is still depressingly grey in Finland so this was just delightful.

darkpool ══╣╠══
Wow, pretty, I wish I had been able to go when I was in atlanata, I had city pass tickets but couldn't make it I think it was closed the day I tried to go or something because I went almost all the way there but I didn't actually go.
oswellcegy ══╣╠══
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