Photo Friday: The North Carolina Arboretum

photo of flowers

[At The North Carolina Arboretum, near Asheville, NC. Nikon D40 with zoom lens. September, 2013.]

This Photo Friday we’re sharing a few pictures taken at The North Carolina Arboretum while on our Labor Day weekend getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. These are my first photos experimenting with a zoom lens (55-200) on my Nikon D40.

(If you’re a real photographer and see this post. Please leave any advice you care to offer on using a zoom lens effectively.)

When I visit places like this I’m reminded of what an amazing world we steward–a living garden to cultivate, nurture and guard to the glory of God.

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed…The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.–Genesis 2:8,15 (ESV)
photo of wooden fence with black-eyed susans

[Weathered fence with Black-eyed Susans. September, 2013.]


[Beauty Rest–Haley. September, 2013.]

photo of Dawn at The North Carolina Arboretum

[My favorite subject–Dawn. September, 2013.]

Photo of Heidi

 [Starlet–Heidi. September, 2013.]

Biltmore Tulips

Tulips at Biltmore Estate

[photo taken at Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC on April 1, 2012.]

For today’s Photo Friday, Dawn and I want to remind you that Spring will come.

If you have a case of the winter blues due to cold, flu, sniffles, Mondays, February, gray sky, blizzard or slush, just remember that Spring is not so far away. Soon the sun will warm your skin and your soul’s hope for the new year. God is great, and 2013 is ripe with hope even if 2012 was less than average. Here’s how to make the most of the new year.

And for your mild amusement, here’s a little rhyme Dawn always liked:

Tulips in the garden
Tulips in the park
But the tulips I love best
Are the two lips in the dark

See! Made you smile!