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Lavender’s Blue

This year’s birthday marked a quiet celebration of lavender, lovingly woven into the decorations and gifts from loved ones (see below) and culminating into a long-wished-for dream, visiting a real-life lavender farm. As it turned out, we didn’t have to fly to Provence, just to find lavender fields. In a small town in the Midwest, tucked between fields and a copse of trees, is the small farm of Long Row. The barn is the showstopper in terms of architecture at Long Row, boasting a timeless design, and classic charm like a tin roof and timber-frame construction. Chip and Joanna Gaines would be proud. The interior is part cafe, part gift shop, and includes a space for rentals. At the time of our visit, the lavender had been harvested, save for a few late-blooming plants, a favorite attraction to eager bees. We were however given permission to see the recently harvested lavender drying in the barn loft, and the lavender ropes were turning blue-purple as they aged. You can imagine the fresh lavender scents and the …

Elusive Beauty

Taken yesterday with my iPhone. The blue morpho butterflies are currently hatching and mating. There were thousands of them. Quite a marvelous sight. I’m told by repeat visitors that nighttime is actually the best time to capture still shots as they are less active. I was pleased with this photo however.

Suspended Starlight

I went looking for the Ursid meteor shower in the past few days and found these instead. Taken on December 20, 2018 on an overcast evening. I love how the evergreens in the lower righthand corner almost look like they’re right out of a painting. Part of the ongoing Garden Glow holiday lights exhibit at Missouri Botanical Gardens.