A very fine (birth)day, indeed!

21 10 2008

On Sunday my friend Karen treated me to a day-before-my-birthday lunch and a matinee showing of The Secret Life of Bees. Michael and I read the book, written by Sue Monk Kidd, when it came out in 2002 and loved it. I vowed that if no one ever made a movie based on this story, I would scrape together enough money to buy the rights and make it myself (pipe dream, I know). Thank goodness I never had to do that. The screenplay writer, director, and actors did a superb job bringing this story to life.

Then this afternoon Michael and I spent several hours at one of my favorite places to photograph, Green Spring Gardens. Although Michael and I had grand plans this morning to hit the road on a day trip, I’m glad we spent the time rambling around this local garden instead. There was so much still in bloom and so many bugs and butterflies to photograph. The afternoon light was amazingly golden, too. I was happy to see two new butterflies I hadn’t seen before (don’t worry, I’ll identify them later—unless someone wants to beat me to it—consider it my birthday present!).

I started preparing these images when I got home. The doorbell rang and I was the recipient of the most beautiful bouquet of flowers from Elizabeth and Rob, proud new parents of baby Josie. Thanks to you both for such a lovely birthday gift! And it was pure pleasure to photograph Josie. (And you know I’ll be photographing the bouquet you sent as well, so stay tuned.)

View the sweet photos of Josie in the links below:

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/daddys-very-little-girl/

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/josephine-margaret-and-family/

http://cindydyer.wordpress.com/2008/10/19/josie-au-naturel/

To top off my perfect day, I had dinner at Macaroni Grill with Michael, and dear friends Regina, Jeff, and Tom. I had the parmesan-crusted sole—it’s a new item on the menu and it was delicious!

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4 responses

21 10 2008
deb

Your pictures are stunning. Happy birthday.

Debbi

21 10 2008
Kim

Cindy, if the butterfly in the middle photo is in need of identification (knowing you, I doubt it), it’s a Buckeye. I’ve only seen one at my house here in MD, but we are in the middle of their range.

21 10 2008
Toni

Cindy — hope you had a happy birthday! Wonderful photos as always. 🙂

27 10 2008
Gardening Care

Cindy,
They are some wonderful photos. Have they been edited with photoshop or are they raw photos?

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