Thursday, April 7, 2011

cheekwood botanical gardens..

last Sunday, i spent a wonderful (and a bit windy) day taking pictures at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens....here in Nashville.

enjoy.......









on Monday, we experienced straight line winds and small tornadoes (yes, there is such a thing)...i felt the pressure change in the house, the windows started to whistle and pop, the electricity and cell phones cut off, the sky was dark, branches started to hit my house and my inner voice said grab the cats and head to our safe place........

mmm

shortly after..it was calm..luckily we suffered no damage, just limbs and debris and dirt everywhere.....some of my neighbors lost very large trees.

even Cheekwood closed for a couple of days to clean up.

mm

~what a difference a day makes.

22 comments:

Al said...

Gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing this beautiful post! You have a great eye for composition. Have lovely day.
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Razmataz said...

The girl in the purple dress looks like she was placed there to complement the hyacinths!

What a fabulous garden Erin.

Henrietta said...

What amazing park and all that blooming. I almost "died" for happiness just watching the pictures it is so beautiful.

Donna said...

Beautiful gardens and flowers! We are going to Callaway Gardens in Georgia this weekend too see everything in bloom.
We had the same storms pass through here Monday ... thought the roof was coming off the house!

Judy C said...

I would love to be there. It's not far from Knoxville. But unfortunately I have surgery coming up and can't make it. So I very much appreciate your pics.

Becca said...

What a beautiful place, thanks for sharing! The weather...how scary! Glad you are safe with your kitties! :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did a wonderful job of photographing the gardens. Cheekwood is a beautiful place.
I grab a pillow to put over my head, took cover, and prayed when the storms came thru here. I thought for sure I was going to lose a window or worse.
Enjoy your day.

Poetry and Wild Roses said...

Thank you-SO MUCH-for sharing your beautiful garden experience!It is so lovely!

marĂ­a cecilia said...

oh!!! good you took these beautiful images after having a tornado!! how thrilling.... I was in a tornado once in Michigan and it was pretty scaring. We are stil recovering from earthquake and tsunami last year... wow, everywhere in the world something is happening...
hugs and take care

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Erin
What can give you more pleasure in life than the beauty of nature.. I can almost smell the sweet scent of the flowers.. Thank you so much for sharing this.. A beautiful way to start the day.....and the music is heavenly.
Blessings,
Penny

KarenB said...

Always such beautiful pictures, Erin. Thanks for sharing them with us. I bet a lot of those beautiful blossoms dusted the ground after that wind. Aw Spring, furiously beautiful. Have an awesome day!

Karen

It's me said...

Beautiful !!! ....have a nice day darling....love love Ria....xxx...

D.B. said...

I'm heading out there Monday for a picnic. Your shots have made me even more anxious.

Gerry Snape said...

A wonderful place...but simply stunning pics...brilliant.

Carole said...

You even have an artful eye when taking photos of passers by. The glimps of that child in her purple dress......like she was there at the perfect time.

Nature can be so beautiful yet so destructive. Glad you were ok!
xx
Carole

Don said...

Spring! Yea!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Erin, I always love seeing nature through your eyes!

I am trying to catch up on Blog visits tonight!

LuLu~*xoxo

oldgreymare said...

Thankful you and family are Ok.
Photos are breathtaking. Wish I could see first hand...any paintings to come of these? :D
Your mini tornado headed our way today. Gusts up to 70 - took off all my roses .

xx
z

Carolyn said...

Hi Erin,

I am glad you are safe and had no damage.
Your photos are just so beautiful- what a great place to visit.

Thank you for your kind words today,

Carolyn

June said...

Erin this place is amazing!!!! I can't believe how gorgeous your pictures are!!!! Breathtaking!
A visit to Cheekwood would be a dream come true.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Erin, we have straightline winds all the time in the spring; I am grateful that you suffered no damage! Your photos AGAIN are stunning beyond words. Anita

Cobalt Violet said...

glad you didn't have any damage Erin!
What a beautiful place. Love that shot of the purple dress and flowers! :)