Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Leaves or Trees

“Of all the trees we could’ve hit, we had to get one that hits back.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

So this week Cee’s Fun Foto topic is Leaves or Trees.  I love trees.  Not always the easiest thing to photograph because they are just so darn big!  My favorite tree is one painted by Georgia O’Keefe – The Lawrence Tree.  She made me look at trees differently.

treeThis is actually being shown upside down.  Georgia preferred it to be shown with the trunk in the top left hand corner and the top of the tree to the lower right.

“A cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Having moved to Charlotte, I am in awe of all the big old Oaks.  The one pictured was huge and I wanted to get on the ground and take a photo to emulate the Lawrence Tree, but it was, after all, a garden tour….  Can you imagine?

tour_magestic tree_smThis is my daytime, right side up, standing, not from the prone position on the ground, version of the Lawrence Tree… and this is an Oak.  I would like to sneak back and try again.  But it truly is magnificent.

“I am at home among trees.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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Exploring Charlotte

Last June we moved from Indianapolis to Charlotte to be closer to our children and grandchildren.  After living in the same home for 26 years, it was a tough move to make.  As much as I miss all my friends, it is one of the best decisions we have ever made.  We are busier than ever and get to see our family so much more.  In addition there is a whole new city to explore.  Saturday was a busy day and one filled with hidden discoveries in Charlotte.

persian_rugThe long runner my husband discovered at Classic Attic.  It was in great shape and we got a very good price for it.

My husband had discovered a place called Classic Attic, it is a great little consignment shop that is tucked into an unusual space.  It is on the backside of Park Road Shopping Center.  Normally, one would think this is where the dumpsters and employees park.  Not in Charlotte!  They  tuck the coolest things there.  It is a lower level than the Shopping Center… like a walk-out basement effect.

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In the map above is the shopping center.  I have marked my favorite spots with hearts.  Classic Attic is next door to one of the nicest garden shops.  Great plants I am going to have to go back and spend more time (money).  And then as we were leaving to go to a soccer game we passed a great little pub (also on the backside)  It had an outdoor area with umbrellas and beautiful blooms.  It was located just under a walkway that went from the shopping center to a group of apartments.  So quaint.  Sir Edmond Halley’s

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This was our table.  The food was wonderful.  We ordered something quick so we wouldn’t be late for the game.  A cuban with sweet potato fries.

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What would we do without our cell phones and Instagram?
And a nicer view of the outside of the restaurant.

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From there we went to the soccer game at Dillworth Elementary which is worthy of photos, too, but I was watching the game….kind of.

Next stop Farmer’s Market on King.

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The plants, the plants!  I purchased a couple of sweet potato vines, vinca and some mosquito plants that smell like lemons!

veggiesThe veggies were awesome as were the strawberries.

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We couldn’t get home without some of these!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Spring

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

tulips_red_sm_fr“You’re strictly a tulip girl—a red tulip girl.”
Alyson Noel, Evermore

wisteria_sm_fr“Wisteria is my favorite flowering vine. Do you know why?’

I shook my head. ‘No, ma’am.’

‘Because it’s strong — just like me.”
Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

brookgreen garden_sm_fr“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.”
Ruth Stout

There is no better place to greet spring than at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Isalnd, SC.

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Too see more photos depicting spring visit The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge Spring.