A couple of weeks ago my brother and sister and law took a vacation to Virginia Beach, because they were just a few hours away we decided we meet up for a day trip to Richmond!
I was excited to spending time with them while walking around the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The night before hand I was so proud of myself to remember to charge my camera battery, because of course it would be an excellent time to test out features of my newish camera (and I knew my sis in law would also be taking tons of pictures). I charged it, then removed it from the outlet once it was fully charged. I remember thinking how proud of myself I was that I took care of all of that the night before as we drove to meet them there. Then, I pull out my camera and take a picture…only to realize that I left the camera battery sitting in the charger which was sitting on my nightstand several hours away *head smack* I was upset and disappointed, but consoled by the fact that I could take pictures with my camera phone as well as borrow any of the amazing pics that my sister and law would take!
We leisurely wandered around, I don’t think that I’ve actually ever been to a botanical garden before, I think I’ve only been to zoos that have garden sections. It wasn’t the perfect season to see blooms, but there were still several flowers in bloom. It was fun to enjoy their company, the boys discussed politics and economy, while the ladies took our time with our cameras seeing what kind of artistic views we could capture. I have to say, my camera phone impressed me with some of the images that I was able to gather!
|This cute couple was celebrating their anniversary!|
Several of my favorite areas included this neat stone castle looking area with flower beds filled with assorted roses. Some were very teeny!
There was a plant called “Lamb’s ears” it actually felt like fluffy soft ears! I would love to see if I could have this as an indoor plant.
One area that we randomly discovered included this structure made out of sticks! It was giant and you could walk through it. It looked like something out of Narnia or the Lord of the Rings.
Here is a video time lapse of the Diamonds in the Rough’s creation:
We had a quick walking break at the tea house. I purchased a peach tea, and when it arrived I realized it was the same brand that was very common where we were in Italy. It made my nostalgic for my team!
One of the most enjoyable experiences was the “Butterfly Live” exhibit. In an enclosed area there are several breeds of exotic butterflies. There were plates of rotting fruit attracting the butterflies, but they also attached themselves to plants.
There was this one absolutely gorgeous blue butterfly with brown wings on the outside. Both my sis in law and I chased these butterflies down trying to get a picture of them with their wings out stretched. Apparentely, this breed of butterfly is either really rude or just shy. It would land with its wings folded up and simply stay there. Another one landed with its wings out stretched, but as soon as I would move my phone above it to capture the image, it would close! Then, I’d move my phone away, and it would open its wings again! I promise you this little bug was just teasing me. Its okay though, I got revenge on it later ;0).
After we had decided we’d walk around enough we headed into downtown where we were eating Ethiopian for the night. I was excited to try it, since I’d never eaten it before! You eat it with your hands. Basically, you order and all of the orders arrived on this giant piece of squishy bread like substance. You also receive several smaller rolls of this spongey bread, with which you tear off a small piece and then pick up your food. According to the menu to truly embrace this cultural style of eating you should pick up some food and feed it to your friend! Of course I just had to try this, though the husband was less than amused.
At dinner my sweet sister and law presented me with a gift box that said “Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden” on it. I realized what she must have done! While at the gift store we’d seen these earrings made of butterfly wings in plastic to preserve them. To my huge entertainment there was a set of the blue butterfly who had refused to pose for us, and these were the earrings sitting in front of me! I will cherish these and think about that butterfly who thought he foiled us.
Enjoy some extra pictures!
|I told you she was a photographer ;0)|
|The foot picture!|