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 …
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.
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.
Taken on November 25, 2018 with my iPhone standing across the street of the Cathedral Basilica, St. Louis, MO., in between rain showers.