PHOTOS AND REMARKS FROM A PHOTOGRAPHER LIVING IN NORTH FLORIDA...........JUST CLICK ON A PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT...........TO LEAVE A COMMENT JUST CLICK ON "comments" BELOW EACH PICTURE. All pictures Copyright 2001-2015 by James T. Weekes
We took a morning trip to Filoli, an old estate in Burlingame, CA It is an incredible place. It was owned by consecutive wealthy families and patterned after some gardens in Ireland. It has far surpassed them. It is on 654 acres of rolling land with lakes nearby. The house is well preserved and huge. The gardens are amazing. My camera does not do justice to the incredible design and the countless hours of very hard work by a dedicated group of people to make it look this way. The last child of the second family to own the place gave it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, who remain the caretakers. I recommend a visit to the gardens to anyone who goes to San Francisco. Go to www.filoli.org to get a better idea of the place.
This boat washed up about a month ago and has slowly been stripped of all useful gear. It must have been almost a derelict before it foundered and now rests here, a very heavy impediment. The owner doesn't seem to want it and the state wants it gone. Maybe the big Nor'easter we are having will resolve it.
Redbuds are an odd tree. In the spring little bumps form on the trunk and branches and then turn into intense purple flowers, followed by the leaves a fews weeks later. The top picture is of the buds , with a few tulip tree flowers in the foreground. The bottom is of the new leaves. This was a rescue tree. Janie had been handing out seedlings for The Nature Conservancy and had two at the end of the day. She brought them home and I planted them.
This picture and the two below are in my in-law's garden. It is in flux as they have just added a small wing over part of the garden. My brother-in-law is a creative gardener, a certified arborist and the grounds manager for San Francisco State University, so his garden is packed and interesting.
We recently spent a week visiting my sister-in-law and broth-in-law in Millbrae California, just up the hill from the San Francisco airport. We had a great time and I took a bunch of pictures so the next few weeks of posts will definitely not be from north Florida.