Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy First Mothers Day to Me!

Mr. Rogue let me sleep in, it was incredible. Seriously if you had told me six years ago that my first mothers day I would only ask to just sleep in I would have thought you were nuts. So I lazed away the morning in bed, not really sleeping because this kid has me now trained to wake up at 7am, but at least lying flat and relaxing in complete silence. It was awesome.

Once I managed to get out of bed, and after I was smothered in sloppy kisses I decided that I wanted to go to the Huntington Gardens so spend Mothers Day. Our membership had expired, so we had to wait in line and renew, and it was crowded because every mother on the face of the planet wanted to see some incredible gardens for mothers day. Thank goodness this place is so large. Once we got inside we were able to lose ourselves in the beauty of this wonderful place.


Every single time I come I find places that I have never been before, or new wonderful beautiful things that maybe I didn’t notice the last time I was there. I also love how the gardens are never the same. They change with the seasons, new plants are added, construction and new features are put in place. It’s a wonderful adventure. Today we went into the greenhouse, something that neither of us had seen before. It was a little too hot for my liking, I am wonderful when handling cold but I am weak when it comes to super hot muggy heat. The tropical wonderland however was incredible. There were so many plants that I had never seen before, not to mention they had several water trap orchids. Super cool plants that have a cup of water in the flower that traps and digests bugs.





I was really excited when we came out the greenhouse and spotted a little bench with so many orchids surrounding a mothers day sign. It was the perfect place for a photo of my Little Cricket and I, my perfect little darling boy!


We were so hot after leaving the greenhouse that we headed over to one of the art buildings, which was also air conditioned. I haven’t really visited the art buildings, there is always so much else to see outside in the gardens that I just never got around to going in. But with the lure of air conditioning we just had to peek in. I was admiring a piece when Mr. Rogue said he would get me a replica bonnet for my mothers day present. AWESOME Mr. Rogue… very funny.



I always work my way around the gardens in a counter clockwise pattern. Mostly because of how the light falls. When the full sun is hitting us in the day I love being in the more heavily treed area of the Chinease and Japanese gardens. This place is always super busy but its also so tranquil. I know, I know a total paradox but you cannot help but look at the lake, the willow trees, the beautifully designed buildings and not be at peace.




After leaving Japan we headed over to Australia. Mr. Rogue took a photo of me and my Little Cricket standing under a giant eucalyptus. That is one giant tree. Australia has areas with wide open grass areas speckled with giant trees. The area lends itself nicely to privacy and some blanket time.




And finally when the sun had sank a little lower, and it is therefore cooler, we headed to the shadeless desert areas. This is my favorite area. The sun hits the plants just right. And I also love how the lines and colors and symmetry all flow together in perfect harmony. I feel like they are like a beautiful paintings, the more I look the more I see, the more I see the more I fall in love with the whole thing.








While we were in the gardens today we saw several birds. Of course I didn’t have my zoom lens, we were after all photoing flowers, so I had brought my macro lens instead. However the macro lens if pushed can also double as a lens to take photos of birds. I got several photos but the most exciting when when I saw a new bird I have never seen before. At first I thought it was a new California bird I didn’t remember but after getting home and looking I realize that it was a Red-Whiskered Bulbul. Origiaonlly from Asia these birds are popular caged birds because of their cheerful songs. Escapees have found their way into several populations including the one at the Huntington Gardens. Such a beautiful bird.






By the end of the day my poor feet were killing me. Sure they are getting better, and yes I was wearing proper shoes, but planters faciitis takes forever to heal. Although I love ending in the desert garden I am not in love with the uphill climb back to the parking lot from this side. I looked longingly into the stroller… ahhh to be young again. What a perfect family day! I couldn’t ask for anything more.



paul peggy zeus said...

What a wonderful way to spend your mothers day with the two most perfect men in your life. This place has such beautiful gardens.

Jennifer Arens said...

I don't know, I think you and Mr Rogue could get his and hers bonnets....just sayin...What a glorious place!

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