The idea of living in a tropical or subtropical region is appealing enough when the thermometer plunges and you have a hard time starting the car...but when would you ever have time to sort through your pictures, file away those stacks of papers or savor the summer just passed? This is when I finally upload my digital images on to various programs and do my labeling and just generally bask in the glow of summer--even as I look out at the shimmering intaglio snowscapes and calming contours of Colorado winter.
This Echinacea and accommodating bee were photographe d last July in the Birds and Bees Garden: it's hard to imagine this time of year how utterly lush and glorious our summer displays are, changing so radically from week to week. Not far from where these flowers are all lying dormant (waiting for spring) you can see the blazing displays of Blossoms of Light's colored phantasmagoria and glimmering ice sculptures...Nope! I wouldn't trade our vibrant colors for all the bougainvilleas in the Barbados or all the palm trees in Puerto Rico: give me the ever changing colors of the Gardens!
(P.S. I will be off to California next week however....)