I belong to several meetup.com groups which give me the opportunity to meet people, and to do new and different things. Probably the best meetup.com group I belong to is the Pacific Photographic Society. As of this very minute (which will be a minute in the past by the time you read this), we have 1,423 members.
Last Wednesday, being a member got me into a private garden to walk around, admire, and take pictures. This wasn’t just any garden, though. The owners have been there since 1978, spending 36 years creating a fairy tale garden of beauty and whimsy. They call it Bird Song.
I took 105 pictures in just 65 minutes, a little under my average per minute, but I had to take time to dance like a fairy.
I never did find a good vantage point to take a picture of the house. The following is the best I got, and it’s a photomerge of four photos:
We were invited to walk around at our own leisurely pace or join a tour led by the master creator of the gardens. I decided to walk around, albeit at a faster pace—I have found that being first allows me to get more pictures since I don’t have to wait my turn while others take their pictures.
Following is a collection of Photographic Art based on pictures of Bird Song. They don’t do justice to the gardens but they do show you some of the fantasy, whimsy, imagination, fun, and fairy tales of these beautiful gardens.
First up are some of the plants, for to be a garden, there must be plants!
There was a pond with koi, a beautiful spa, and a water fall, which won me over. Listening to running water is so relaxing.
The best part of the gardens for me was the imagination and fantasy that was on display. These rock ants were awesome:
The wildlife was everywhere, not surprising for such beautiful gardens.
Picture opportunities were here, there, and everywhere.
Sometimes the plants helped complete the fantasy, as with the “hair” in these two Photographic Art:
Alice and her cohorts were present in their own Wonderland.
I am a home inspector in one of my professions, so the propane tank caught my attention, ranking as the most beautiful propane tank ever!
As I was rushing to leave, I saw one final picture opportunity at the gate:
I have known about Bird Song for a couple of decades now but have never had the opportunity to visit. Thus, I would be remiss if I did not thank the Pacific Photographic Society and Maxine Hesse for making it possible. Of course, a special thanks to Frank and Susan Oddo for letting 28 photographers traipse around their gardens for a few hours. The memories will last much longer than the experience itself.
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