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I have just returned from a FABULOUS vacation in Grand Cayman. It was a beautiful island and a very relaxing vacation. I took hundreds of photos!
Since I was gone last week I was unable to participate in Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday challenge. And I was so busy with packing and getting ready to leave town that I didn't participate the week before we left.
I am delighted that her theme this week is 'Garden Party'. Not only have I been taking lots of photos of
flowers around my yard this spring but while in Grand Cayman we went to the Queen Elizabeth Botanic Gardens there. Obviously, the tropical climate produces much different flowering plants and trees than we have around this 'neck of the woods', so I was in heaven!
I do have to admit that the above photo was taken in my yard several weeks ago. My bleeding heart plants seem to get more beautiful each year. Kim's lovely linen texture is just perfect for making this photo look like a painting! I also used her 'Yesteryear' texture.

This photo is of a Bird of Paradise
plant. There were many of these in the botanic gardens. There were also many plants that I failed to write down the name of and some that I couldn't find the name tags for, so I'm sorry for not being able to name a few of my blossoms.

The next photo is one of those that I don't have a clue as to the name. So if anyone out there knows, please tell me!
Again on the Bird of Paradise and the flower cluster below I used Kim's 'Linen' texture and on the Bird of Paradise I also used 'Yesteryear'. On the flower cluster below I used 'Not too shabby' in addition to the 'Linen'.

The photo below is an orchid. At the Botanic Garden they had a whole section of orchids growing in their natural habitat. It was unbelievable to see them growing out of trees. There were so many that just seemed to sprout from the trees-no soil necessary, just clumps of orchids using the tree as it's host plant.
No wonder they're so hard to grow indoors in soil/moss. I would definitely prefer to be hanging out in the trees in Grand Cayman too!

The last photo is of a beautiful water lily at the Botanic Garden. They had several varieties. Again, I've never had much success with growing water lilies, even when we lived in GA where it was much warmer. These were in a small water fountain at the entrance to the garden, but there were many more growing in ponds throughout the botanic gardens and one pond even had a turtle poking it's head up between the water lilies.

Again, I applied Kim's 'Linen' texture to the water lily photo.
I have many more photos of the Botanic Gardens of Grand Cayman as well as pictures of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen. Will dole them in out a few at a time so I don't overwhelm you.
Tomorrow is wordless Wednesday then maybe I can get back to posting some artwork that I'm working on.....
Until then--
Live your life creatively~



Georgia Girls said…
All beautiful! What a lovely place to take pictures. Pinks and greens are so beautiful together.
Joy Burkhart said…
Your photos are wonderful, Cathy! Thanks for commenting on mine, too.
Hornbill said…
The name of the flower cluster is Bougainvillea.

I am living in Borneo island which is the third largest in the world. The local name for it is ' Bunga Kertas ' which literally means ' Paper Flower '

My email is hornbill2u@

And please visit my blogs ( I have three ) starting with :
Your photos take my spirit to another place that is heaven on this Mother Earth. Gorgeous ...thank you. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart
Janine said…
Your photos look so enchanting
you have a great talent as a photographer

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