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!