30 December 2012
I. Alchemy of Lights Inside the Conservancy
II. Some Flowers and Seasonal Decorations Found Inside the Conservatory
III. Outdoor Alchemy with Holiday Lighting
Let me know which you prefer and why.
When I created “Lens and Pens by Sally,” my goal was to share two of my passions: photography and writing. Within the Lens and the Pens sections parts of me would spill onto the pages.
In a year and a half much has been accomplished through my play with the Internet. Mostly, I am beholden for its ability to bring individuals of the same, similar and dissimilar interests into my life.
While I am building a community through WordPress, I have not ventured into other social media. Still my effort and time devoted to this blog continues to leave me flush with enthusiasm. This vitality comes from Followers, readers and the serendipitous who visit my posts. This community has blossomed and is becoming a fuller circle.
For me collaborations are arising. Learning abounds. Sharing becomes its own reward. And my cyber pen pals bring me inspiration and knowledge through their blogs that offer: reverence, endearment, play, glory, happiness, beauty, enrichment, awe, dialogue, contemplation, and …
Words are messengers of my inner world. Photographs are my own vision of the outer world. They bear my mind’s narrative. I am truly grateful that I get to bring them to you.
In the Lens section are photographs of a recent visit to Longwood Gardens. My grandchildren and I were primed to see the nighttime displays of indoor and outdoor seasonal lights. The only nanosecond of disappointment was the rain. And in truth it did not in any way distract from the grandeur of the late afternoon and evening visit.
Sparkling illuminations were barely visible upon our arrival. But within a half hour the transformation was epic.
Every star in the night sky reminds us of the alchemy of light. Humans took that magic and replicated its effects. And we have never stopped lighting our way to make the unknown known.
Longwood Gardens is an example of the human touch that sparks our delight and pleasure. This premier horticultural center blends with savvy nature and human nature. Their end-of-the-year holiday trimmings are spectacular: aromas, one-half-million lights, thousands of poinsettias and other holiday plants, floating and glittering trees, sparkling fountains–it’s simply a feast for the senses. For more, visit them here.
I send my heartfelt wishes to you that the New Year will create a bit of alchemy for your family, friends and you. Mostly, I am grateful for your presence in my day and year. You make my life richer. Happy 2013.
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