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Bronze girl statue with butterfly

Bronze girl statue with butterfly

Almost home now.  Only eighty miles of driving before hugging Barry “hello!” and hearing what’s been happening here in the Upper Peninsula during the past five days.  But first:  must eat dinner and have an outdoors adventure. What better outdoor experience than to sit overlooking Lake Superior here in Marquette, eating the most lovely gourmet salad at L’Attitude and writing a blog?  It’s probably 75 degrees and so beautiful!  Who would believe this is the first full day of autumn here in North Country?

Butterfly

Butterfly

Part of me still remains back in Georgia, wondering how all the folks are handling the flooding.  It’s really dicey in some of the northern Atlanta suburbs.  At last count, six to eight people had died in the flooding following torrential downpours for days.  The shuttle driver was even a little apprehensive about getting us to the airport safely and on time.  He drove over flooded highways yesterday evening and seemed a little cautious. 

We all eyed the Yellow River as we passed over.  It lapped hungrily just a few inches from the busy highway.  “If the Yellow River crests,” our shuttle driver said ominously, “We’ll be cut off from Atlanta.”

Luckily, the river only churned in its red-orange-brown fury of too much rain.  We crossed over the bridge and made it safely to the airport.  The other problem involves the shallow root system of the trees.  With the drenched soil, many big trees are toppling, slamming into houses and roofs.  Not a good scenario.

Butterfly (2nd view)

Butterfly (2nd view)

But let’s backtrack to yesterday.  Back to the state Botanical Gardens in Athens.  Oh, it was a lovely time in between rain showers!  And have you noticed what elusive image was captured digitally?  A butterfly with wings opened and closed!  I have been furtively stalking butterflies all summer, with very little success.  They land, nibble on flowers, and depart, all before the camera is properly aimed.  Thank goodness for an entire garden of flowers!  They grow lazy there, drunk on nectar.  And I got a shot at them.  Thank you, Butterfly, for cooperating.

Pink flower over tile

Pink flower over tile

The two flights back home proved enjoyable today.  No fuss.  No real delays.  If you have Gypsy blood and travel a lot, you experience all sorts of challenging experiences on airplanes and airports.  I could write a book, I tell you, of traveling adventures!  How you learn, over and over and over again basic lessons about trust and faith.  (Even this morning, when the Mind tried to worry about flooded culverts and bridges and swept-away roads…it was necessary to surrender to something beyond the Mind’s tendency to worry and exaggerate and fuss.)

Statue called "Peace"

Statue called "Peace"

This statue of a dove of peace in the gardens summarizes this very well.  Our minds create peace or war.  What do we choose in each moment?

Family of red flowers

Family of red flowers

Right now I choose to eat some more salad.  Excuse me.  Excuse these Lake Superior flies too.  Must keep swatting them away.  Lovingly, of course.

Black rain-soaked leaf

Black rain-soaked leaf

This black rain-soaked leaf looked so stunning.  Almost mystical.  Let’s make this leaf our transition between summer and autumn, between Georgia and Michigan,between rain and sunlight.  Hope everyone enjoyed their fall equinox!

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Steer in the University of Georgia fields

Steer in the University of Georgia fields

Every day since Friday we have driven by the University of Georgia fields.  Interested car passengers can admire horses, sheep, pigs and cows.  My in-laws often point out a giant steer lumbering slowly along the right side of the road, back behind one of the barns.  “There’s Tex!”  they say.

Today someone suggested I might photograph the steer with his curving long horns.  Perhaps it was even I who mumbled something like, “Do you think we should have a photo of old Tex?”  Disclaimer:  Tex is not his real name.  My mother-in-law says his real name is a “sissy” name like Sugar or Honey or something. 

However it happened, I found myself out of the car and headed back behind the barn toward the fence.  Having completely pushed yesterday’s memories of the cow adventure out of my mind.  You think I would have learned.  STAY AWAY FROM COWS.   You might get soaking wet (it never stops raining down here) or shunned by the giant beasts or heaven knows what.

Today I leaned forward and snapped the rather long-distance shot of Tex and smugly headed back to the car.  Until…oowwww!!  Pain in the sandal.  I pulled off the sandal, fast and discovered…two very angry red ants.  Biting my tender northern skin.  Alas.  No more photographing cows.

State Botanical Gardens

State Botanical Gardens

Instead let’s go to the more tame state Botanical Gardens.  Marion and Jim dropped me off with instructions to phone them on the cell when either a) I was done touring the grounds or b) it started raining yet again.

Bronze statues part of a display called "Recess"

Bronze statues part of a display called "Recess"

This is not the first time I’ve stood before this collection of statues.  My mother-in-law just informed me it’s called “Recess”. She remembers that because she was an elementary teacher.  The following photo is dedicated to her (and to all of you readers who are teachers.)

Teacher

Teacher

On to the gardens.  You can choose several different areas to explore. There are the following gardens:  International, Native Flora, Flower, Shade and Heritage garden.  Plus special collections. 

I kept a wary eye trained at the horizon and monitored the sprinkles.  You have no idea how much it’s rained down here in the past week.  People are getting flooded out in northern suburbs of Atlanta.  After years of drought, the heavens have opened up and rain continues to pour.  Wonder if anyone has thought of building an ark… 

But, pardon this mental rambling.  I’m wandering in thought beyond the flower and plant photos.  Now you shall view a handful.  And since there are so many, you’ll see more tomorrow.  PLUS a photograph of something I’ve been stalking all summer.  Stay tuned for that find tomorrow!

Oh, pretty!

Oh, pretty!

Splash of red/orange flower

Splash of red/orange flower

"Flying Dragon" Hardy Orange

"Flying Dragon" Hardy Orange

P.S.  I called my father-in-law to drive the five minutes over to the botanical gardens and pick me up.  We got home and guess what?  Pouring rain!  Splashing drenching earth-soaking pouring rain!  Guess that’s no surprise to any of us…

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