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Two hundred and thirty nine

I have some friends from a job I started working at the day after THE September 11th. I worked at that job for a little over 3 years. I have kept in touch with a hand full of those people I called family and a small few I can still call my friends. Last October I had the joy of seeing one of them married. It was a magically beautiful, although a bit chilly, day at Maymont park in Richmond, Virginia. A small crowd gathered in the Japanese garden to be a part of and view a fantastic wedding. Afterward we all headed to the reception in one of the park’s large buildings. Much good food was eaten, many kind words were spoken and my photographer friend and I took a photo of our thumbs after we thumb printed a canvas for the bride and groom. She happens to be the friend who let me borrow her camera for months on end. I feel blessed to have these women in my life. I hope we continue to be friends throughout time.

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“A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.” ~Douglas Pagels

 

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These shots were taken at another of my all time favorite places in the world, Maymont. It is a huge estate park in Richmond, Virginia. It has a petting zoo, wild animals and birds, beautiful gardens, trails, a waterfall, a mansion, the list goes on. I have been going there since I was a kid and I have SO many good memories. I wanted to get married there, but it was beyond my price range. This day was my first time back after living in Texas for 3 years. I can honestly say that every spring I would long for Maymont. It was one of the things I missed most about Virginia. Just talking about it makes me want to go there now! 🙂 The first shot is in their Nature Center, which is a large exhibit all about local Virginia wildlife. I was taking photos of the turtles in one of the aquariums and realized my reflection was in the glass. Why not use it for this project? Love the abstractness of this photo. I’m a sucker for reflection anyway, and turtles are frickin’ awesome. The second shot was sitting by the eagle exhibit while I was waiting for family to use the bathroom. The shot is ok, nothing great. On the other hand, it was a great day at Maymont, as usual!

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“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe

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“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” ~Hal Borland