Weekly Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!

corleyfoto garden glow
Breathtaking, awe inspiring and so worth while. The Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of my favorite places on earth.
And…it’s coming back this year for its 5th Anniversary! If you are in the St. Louis area between November 17 through January 1, 2018, make a point to spend an every at the Garden.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Every Angle

Missouri Botanical Garden: Magic Remembered

Not  three separate angles (okay so its only one angle), but three separate views. This is one of “22 new, larger-than-life installations crafted of silk, steel and porcelain” that  celebrates the Missouri Botanical Garden’s “ongoing botanical research and partnerships in China.” It changed colors about every 10 seconds. The spires on the right are crafted of only porcelain cups and saucers. The whimsical creation on the left is made of silk and steel.

corleyfoto latern festival blue

corleyfoto latern festival green

corleyfoto latern festival red

Those of us that live in the St. Louis Metropolitan area are blessed with many wonderful attractions; Missouri Botanical Garden; St. Louis Zoo, The Gateway Arch, The City Museum….oh yeah, and Ferguson ;).
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

Year of the Sheep

Another visit to one of my most favorite places in St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Gardens. This summer they are featuring “Lantern Festival, Magic Reimagined”. Several years ago, they hosted the Japanese Lantern Festival and just as this festival, it was beautiful.

This image depicts “The Year of the Sheep”.

The sheep, ram, or goat is the eighth sign of the 12-year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Chinese word yang is more accurately translated as Caprinae, a type of ruminant animal that includes both sheep/rams and goats. The Chinese commonly regard sheep as the auspicious animal, and the Year of the Sheep, therefore, heralds a year of promise and prosperity. Individuals born in this zodiac year are described as peace-loving and kind and popular, yet also “clingy” and resistant to change.

From the Lantern Festival Guide

To see more of the beautiful Botanical Gardens, check out my previous posts: Garden Glow, Magic by Night, Reflections of an Ancient Fisherman and Floating Balls.

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Reflections of an Ancient Fisherman

Japanese Laterna FestivalI’ve mentioned before the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis. It is a place that I can visit several times a year and I wouldn’t be bored with it. It is a place I can go and walk for hours on my own and never feel alone as the beauty of nature speaks to me like nothing else in my life. In 2012 the Botanical Garden hosted the Lantern Festival: Art by Day, Magic by Night which encompassed “elaborate outdoor sets crafted of silk and steel celebrated Chinese culture through bold color, dazzling light and striking design.” It was an opportunity to view beautiful light displays in one of the most beautiful places I know.