Beautiful Blossoms

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Today, March 20th 2011 I have arrived home from my trip to North Carolina; (Durham to be exact), where my son Leigh attends Duke Law School. The weather was warm and sunny, and I couldn't believe the color and density of the blossoms on the beautiful trees.

The above photos were taken with my old ($99) 8.2mp Kodak Easyshare digital camera. The beauty of Duke gardens, the Campus and surrounding area, is captured in these photos. Spring is all around and the trees are loaded with colorful blossom. I have also included a couple of my lovely son, who I am very proud of!

In the photos, you'll see some of the campus, Duke Chapel and gardens, the Japanese lake, and also on Saturday afternoon, there was a "Marry Durham" festival where folk dressed up in their bridal dresses (many of them were in drag). The men wore their tuxedos and everyone in the parade said "vows" and "married Durham." (Must be something southern )...There was dancing and lots of fun.

In the evening we ate at Chapel Hill which was heaving with young people having fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere. During the day we went to tearooms and had Earl Grey tea and in the morning we ate breakfast at a local bakery.

Living here in Florida, we don't get the fruit blossom trees. Coming from England, I have missed it dearly. As Spring is my favorite season, it was great to be immersed in such glory; Spring, when nature is perfumed, in bloom, reborn, and anew. I feel renewed just by spending time surrounded by those beautiful forests, trees and shrubs.

I hope you enjoy the beauty of Spring and share a little of my trip through these photos!

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suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

Gorgeous photos - thanks for aring.


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petermdhart 5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

Beautiful photos, thank you!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi suziecat7 - glad you enjoyed them ~ it was so very lovely and I am happy to share this with everyone.

Hi petermdhart ~ you are welcome!


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Beautiful! My garden is starting to blossom and I feel sad for them as the hail beats and bruises them.


Phyllis 5 years ago

Pictures are awesome. Glad you had a good time.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Randy Behavior, the blossoms are so lovely; hopefully the hail won't beat and bruise them all!

Hi Phyllis, thanks and yes, I had a good time! :-) Helen


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very nicer. I'm about 10 miles from there. This is a great area. Thanks for the beautiful pictures.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Breathtaking. Up/beautiful


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

All the pictures are good but I especially like the ones of the Church. I have trouble with photographing buildings without having them look like the are leaning.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Beautiful picture from a beautiful state taken with pride for your son.;)


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi brightforyou,

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos. They were a treat.

I now look forward to look at and read many more of your hubs.

Tke care

Eiddwen.


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youmeget 5 years ago

Beautiful pictures.


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi everyone, thank you for your comments - I am so happy to share nature in all her glory - I imagine these trees in full bloom like a bride and the trees life is similar..so I wrote this poem which links really well with this hub: http://hubpages.com/literature/Living-Tree


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Everything looks very cheerful and beautiful! I'm in Michigan and very envious. I like the architecture photos too..


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mb900 5 years ago from Australia, WA Perth

Awesome pictures !!!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

These are wonderful pictures. Great hub!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi mb900 and Katrinasui - I am so glad you enjoyed the photos!


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Cindy Letchworth 5 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Terrific photos. What a lovely place. Aren't these little digital cameras great!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Cindy - thanks! Yes, these digital cameras are great - compared to the bulky (useless) cameras we used to have back in the day... and the prints used to cost a fortune! :-) Helen


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well now I am bright because of you - and the feeling that 'spring' is not long off (hopefully) in this neck of the woods here in the frozen tundra (lol) of the northern shore of Lake Erie here in Ontario, Canada - perhaps mid to late May???? - but until then I can enjoy these lovely pictures - and I have an 'extra' ticket to Kate and William's wedding in April at Westminster - would you like to go with me??????


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hello epigramman! How wonderful to see you! I hope you get Spring soon. So fancy you being invited to the wedding too! ~ Yes, let's go together~! :-) Helen


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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

Oh wow, such awesome photos. Thank you for sharing with us. They are so pretty. :)


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Astra, so glad you enjoyed them ~ it was such a treat to go there at such a lovely time of year. I hope Spring has come to you also! Thank you for your kind comments :-) Helen

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