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Duke Gardens - April 26, 2007

I'm very fuzzy-brained this evening.  This always happens the first few, really toasty days in the spring.  It got up into the mid-80's yesterday and today, and it takes me awhile to get used to it.  It's cooled off to the lower 70's now so we've got all the windows open and fans going.  And it snowed a few weeks ago!

Older son and I went to Duke Gardens this morning, before it got too hot.  The heat hits him even harder than it hits me.  You couldn't tell it to look at him since he didn't get any of the blue-eyed, blond, features from me.  He's the most southern European looking of all three kids - with dark, brown eyes inherited from the Italian side of the family and dark, thick hair inherited from the Italian and Hungarian.  And a northern Scandinavian intolerance for heat.

Here's some of what we saw:
Irises at the Peace Garden.

It actually turned out to be almost as good a visit for creatures as for flowers.  The turtles were sunning themselves all over.

I kept trying to get a good picture of the heron, but it never quite worked.

Very pretty ducks; I'm not sure what kind.  They actually have a duck guide with pictures and names on a board on the other side of the pond.


More turtles.


The terraces always have something new in bloom.

These are the major reason I decided to go today (though we enjoyed everything).  As I've been driving around Durham this week, I've really been enjoying the azaleas in the older neighborhoods (Duke Park, Forest Hills, and Watts Hospital).  I knew the Duke Garden azaleas would be beautiful.

[Warning:  Multiple azalea photos ahead!]






Older son was trying to get a picture of the fly's shadow on the leaf.  There's a slight delay in the camera.  Here's a close-up.


For those who are still reading (even after the fly picture), dear husband arrived home this evening.  Here's his blog post.



I LOVE the pictures of the turtles! With their long necks and silly faces, all lined up like some kind of cows in a pasture or chickens all in a crowd waiting for food. Wonderful.

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