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Beautiful Blossoms

Updated on December 11, 2012
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Retired counselor, 341 short stories published by FSU. I have 4 sons, love sharing photography, writing, love travel, sunshine, sea & Grace.


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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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      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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      Cathy Nerujen 

      7 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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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      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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      7 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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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      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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      Cindy Letchworth 

      7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

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

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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

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

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      7 years ago

      These are wonderful pictures. Great hub!

    • mb900 profile image


      7 years ago from Australia, WA Perth

      Awesome pictures !!!

    • Fossillady profile image


      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

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

    • brightforyou profile imageAUTHOR

      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      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 I wrote this poem which links really well with this hub:

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful pictures.

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      7 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


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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

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

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 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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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      Breathtaking. Up/beautiful

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

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

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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      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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      7 years ago

      Pictures are awesome. Glad you had a good time.

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      Randy Behavior 

      7 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.

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      Helen Lewis 

      7 years ago from Florida

      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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      7 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Beautiful photos, thank you!

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      7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Gorgeous photos - thanks for aring.


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