365 Project: Day 70
My response to Sue Llewellyn’s Run.
365 Project: Day 69
As promised, here are the photos I took with my iPhone on the Annual Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I am going to supplement these photos with the ones Simply Beautiful posted here. But first, here’s my entry to Sue’s A Word In Your Ear Challenge: Framed. If you want to join and see the rules and more entries, go here.
Here in the Midwest, we’ve moved our watch an hour ahead and slowly we’re starting to see signs of Spring. The temperature today is in the 40s and almost all the snow has melted. By tomorrow which they forecast will rain, all the ice would have totally melted until the predicted snow storm on Wednesday comes (am keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t).
What I want to see instead are sprouts on the ground from flowering bulbs and buds from the dormant perennials. I can’t wait for the grass to come to life again and see different shades of green. But this weekend we had a break from the Winter doldrums – The Chicago Botanic Garden Annual Orchid Show.
They showcased about
30,000 10,000 orchids from all over the world, all cultivated, not from the wilds. They said orchids bloom all over except in the North Pole. I could not believe that there are five varieties that are native in Illinois which lay to rest the belief that orchids are basically from the tropics. And they were nothing to sneeze at – they are just as beautiful and could hold their own. In fact I’ve seen some of them at the forest floors of The Morton Arboretum.
I thought I’ve seen the most exquisite orchids in the Philippines. They grow wild in the rain forest. But the ones on exhibit bedazzled us. Many left me speechless and took my breath away. They came in various sizes and colors. The minutest ones vied for attention just as well as the larger ones.
The photographers went crazy trying to get a good shot of every cultivars. How can you not? After enduring months of pewter skies, white snow, and the dark palettes of Winter, how can one control oneself in the explosion of colors and beauty of the flowers. In my opinion, orchids are the most delicate and exotic of flowers. Unfortunately I left my camera somewhere or I would have joined the throng of photographers.
With a half-charged iPhone I learned to pick and choose; I certainly regret those I missed because they were no less spectacular than the ones I shot.
Here they are:
This Sunday, Simply Beautiful, our friend Viv and I went to see the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanical Garden in Glencoe. What a beautiful thing to do on a sunny Sunday. The weather wasn’t so bad, a bit warmer in the upper 30s but windy.
I will post the orchid photos tomorrow but I have to wait for Simply Beautiful to post the ones she took so I could link it here. You know why? Am so embarassed to admit – I left my camera bag at their house. We were getting off the car and when I didn’t see it at the back, I thought Viv took it with her. And then it dawned on me that I left it at LolaWi’s. And to make matters worse, my iPhone was only half-charged.
Well anyway the show was a photographer’s dream but a nightmare for me since I really prepared myself for it. At least I don’t have to split my hair which of the photos I have to keep or delete.
From the Botanic Garden my friends surprised me with a birthday treat and told me I could pick the place. I wanted something light and fresh so my choice was Sushimono at Wheaton.
365 Project: Day 68
From there I went straight to my aunt and uncle’s house for brunch. Actually I had a croissant and coffee before I left home but my tummy normally looks for food by past ten. They had some leftover corned beef hash, eggs and ham and ate them with rice. That turned out to be my lunch.
My cousin’s wife has a green thumb and that lady can breath life to a twig. Above are her African violets. Hers are so lush and green with multiple new sprouts all over. She said I should have seen them when the whole pot was filled with flowers. Aren’t those blooms harbinger of the season to come?
With the Oscar awards just over, we know there are a lot of good movies to see in the theaters. My aunt and I decided to see 12 Years a Slave. I love historical fictions and this was based on a true story of a born freeman kidnapped to be sold as a slave during a dark time in the history of our country. It won the Best Film, Best Adapted Screenplay, including Supporting Actress Awards and I must say it deserves it all and more. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup truly gave a powerful performance and held the movie together.
Now I want to get a copy of Solomon Northup’s book.
Tomorrow we fast forward the time in Chicago. Am not bringing my winter coats and sweaters to the dry cleaners just yet but I know Spring is just around the corner. I just hope there will be no more snow!
Slowly I am transferring the mantle of responsibility to his new assistant. I am very sensitive to it as I know full well how it feels when another assistant won’t let go of their former boss. She’s very capable and and her expertise at the client site would help a lot.
My boss enters a new phase in his career, something he’s wanted so much and a great way to cap his long service to the firm. In a few years, I plan to take my early retirement also. If this opportunity for him didn’t come, I would be hard pressed to stay longer until he exits so in a way it worked out best for both of us.
It is a sad and happy moment and I will surely miss working for him. Not only was he the greatest boss I’ve had, he’s been a tried and tested loyal friend. He’s one of a kind and a blessing.
One of the definitions of Ancient is something that belongs to a distant past and no longer in existence. To illustrate this, I have decided to take a photo of a pay phone. It seems not too long ago when they were very necessary and one can always find them at airports, hospitals and other public places. I have always relied on them at airports to connect with the people who were supposed to meet me, where they were and where I could see them.
But nowadays, public phones are hard to come by or you’re lucky if you could find one. I don’t even think this one still works nor is being maintained.
Now that we live in the electronic and digital age that keeps changing it is so hard to keep up to its pace, the pay phone has become obsolete. Everyone now carries a mobile phone and communicating anywhere in the world is so affordable and convenient, that we are more connected with the outside world more than ever, or are we really?
This is my response to Ailsa’s challenge for the week – Ancient, also to Cee’s Sepia Challenge. The image was taken yesterday with my iPhone and I didn’t like that the background is too busy so I thought converting it to sepia would be better. Not quite sure if I achieved that.
365 Project: Day 65