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Sparkly Decoration

Project 365, December 22 - Sparkly Decoration

Project 365, December 22 – Sparkly Decoration

The chandelier hanging in the circular staircase at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens was left permanently in the Mansion/Museum after the departure of the Bruce Munro Light Installation from last fall. It is breathtaking from every angle. I’m using this photo to fulfill today’s Project Challenge of Sparkly Decoration, but this is way beyond that and into the realm of incomparably fabulous.

Looking at the chandelier from the circular stairs above it.

Looking at the chandelier from the circular stairs above it.

Looking at the chandelier from directly underneath it.

Looking at the chandelier from directly underneath it.

December Bloom

Flower bud

Lightdance, December 16, 2011

I was at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, where they know what they doing,  when I took this photo, but, really, should anything in zone 6 be blooming in December? Judging by the thorn, however, flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) is probably capable of fending for itself.

Polar Express

Trains

Lightdance, December 14, 2011

Knowing that Cheekwood’s model garden train display would end on December 31st, the Deers planned their Christmas lunch at the Pineapple Room in order to see the exhibit before it was too late.  We had a sunny, warm day for our completely enjoyable visit. G-scale trains zipped around the display of over two dozen recreations of Tennessee’s most famous landmarks, and 2500 tiny trees, shrubs and plants. The entire landscape was handcrafted using native, natural materials such as twigs, bark, leaves, acorns and pebbles. I did not know that all weather model train displays were commonly  (common for train hobbyists, anyway) set up in residential gardens until about the 1950’s, when the practice died out, but there are still enthusiastic hobbyists who create such installations. We were glad to see the conductor return from lunch as we moved on to the Japanese garden, as there had been a serious derailment in front of the State Capitol.

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

Lightdance, April 9, 2011

I don’t mind seeing this kind of snowflake on the ground. These were at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. They are Leucojam aestivem, Amaryllidaceae.

Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Lightdance, April 8, 2011

The leaves belong to Coral Bells, Tiramisu, Heuchera villosa. I saw them at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens last week when we were there to celebrate a Deer Friend’s birthday.

Complements of Spring

Red leaves

Lightdance, April 7, 2011

Beautiful emerging red leaves against the green grass, seen at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. No name label on these shrubs.

Japanese Garden Ornament

Japanese Garden Ornament

Lightdance, April 6, 2011

This is an image taken in the Japanese Garden at Cheekwood. The sketch effect is from the Topaz Simplify filter. First I had to clone away a leaf trash bag and a groundskeeper’s head in the lower right hand corner. The groundskeeper was very nice and helpful with information about the plants in the garden, but I couldn’t ask him to stop what he was doing and duck behind the ornament while I took a picture. I’m sure he would have agreed with the need to obliterate him.