Thursday, July 26, 2007

Friday the 13th

Aren't these roses gorgeous? On Friday, July 13, 2007, hubby didn't have to work (no summer school on Fridays) and Shelley and I had a "day about town"! First we went to see the state capitol, then we went out to lunch, stopped at the Berean's Christian Store and topped off the day by a visit to Borders.

The rose gardens at the capitol are large and gorgeous. There were hundreds of bushes in every color.

And the whole place was "abuzz" with bees!

It's hard to tell in the photo but this rose is purple. My favorite roses are purple, white or white with other colors. Then again, it's hard to choose!

Another bee in a rose that reminded me of cherry Jello salad! LOL

This overlooks just a small portion of the rose gardens. I would say it was about a 1/4 acre.

Here's Shelley peeking out of the rosebushes. We both had fun photographing the blooms.

I really loved the light coming through these Morning Glories. I have to chuckle though. I always grew up pulling the Morning Glories out of Grandma Hopkins' yard, near her pond. They can be a noxious weed!

More purple lovelies! There were so many blooms everywhere it was difficult to know how to compose pictures.

There are trees of call kinds on the capitol grounds and it really is a lovely capitol. There are even bamboo and banana trees in the distance here and the gnarled snag is an ancient European Olive tree.

I haven't completely figured out how to show you pictures so that you can see detail without taking up a lot of file size. The metal embossings are different agricultural motifs and this is the side of the capitol building.

A view of the capitol rotunda, peeking through the trees.

This building had lovely art nouvea styled facings. I do not know if they are original or replications.

Close up of the rotunda statues and architecture.

Another view of the capitol rotunda and statues.

And this is coming around the side, showing the Ionic columns.

The side view of the capitol showing some palm trees and more columns.

I really enjoy archticture overall and there is so much to photograph at the capitol, it was difficult to pick out just an overview for you to see.

There were lots of these friendly guys all over the capitol lawns.

Hey! What are you looking at? The show is over! Theresa is finally caught up with her vacation pictures! Phew!


Sandi said...

The flowers are beautiful! What great pictures of our state capital, also. I can't believe I haven't ever taken my kids there for a field trip!

sherriknits said...

I just had to laugh at the morning glory comment...for the life of me I don't know why anyone would grow those on purpose! lol

Beautiful pictures!

Paula said...

I am glad you had a good vacation!
Just beautiful pictures. I loved all the flowers and the bee!