04/08/2012 - 04/08/2012 93 °F
I had a very busy first week of April. After going to "The Cool Docks" and "Jing An Temple" on Wednesday, I headed to the suburbs of Shanghai on Sunday to look at the flowers. One of my friends knew that tulips are my favorite flower, so she told me that Shanghai has an annual tulip festival in the southeastern corner of the city. April the 8th, Easter, happened to be the only day that worked for all of the people going, so come that day, we piled into a couple of cars and drove about an hour and a half to see the flowers.
I have to say, living in a city of 20 million people kind of makes you forget that there's a world of natural beauty out there. It occurs to me that other parts of China have some pretty spectacular scenery, but there's also some fantastic stuff close by. I'm very glad my friend suggested this excursion - here are just a few of the 200+ pictures I took that day:
Three of my former students that I'm so lucky to call friends - from left to right, that's Cindy, Anna & Amanda. Anna was the one to think of and plan this day trip
Cindy's sister-in-law took this picture of me and my friends - the auto setting on my camera washes the colors out, doesn't it? I was using some of the manual settings that day, so I think the colors look better than in this picture. It was no fault of Jenny (Cindy's sister-in-law)
Amanda's daughter, Sunny is holding her bear in one hand and petals that had fallen to the ground in the other hand
Fabulous tulips - most of the pictures I took of the flowers look like they could be paintings
There were other flowers there, not just tulips. Here are some hyacinths
Sunny tossing the petals back to the flowers
Each of my friends has one child, so they brought them along to enjoy the flowers as well - I joked that I would bring my boys as well, but decided to leave the kitties home instead. That's Cindy's son Andrew, Sunny again and Anna's daughter Cindy (she used to be called Cinderella, but thankfully she changed her name so we had 2 Cindys that day)
I'm not as cute as the little ones, but still wanted a shot with this car
Anna & Cindy - I love this picture!
I don't know the people in this shot, but it looks like they were having a touching moment, doesn't it?
I told Anna if/when Cindy turns into a rebellious teenager, I'll give her a copy of this picture so she can remember her little angel
I really like the jagged edge on these tulips - it's just one flower but there's so much variety!
Andrew posing with a flower that had fallen (been left on?) the ground. He assured us that he hadn't picked it
Yes, there were even windmills there. I know we had to drive a while, but we were still in China, weren't we?
Look at all the pretty colors!
Andrew & Sunny on the carousel
Here, she's avoiding the bubbles that were coming her way
Another fabulous car, this time in white
What else can I say about these beautiful flowers?
Andrew posing in the greenhouse in front of a replica of Shanghai's TV Tower (Pearl Tower), which just happens to be my favorite structure in all of Shanghai
Posing by the lake
A royal color for a regal flower!
Well, sorry about the long time from the taking of to the publishing of the pictures. I'm sure since you didn't know about them, you weren't anxiously waiting for an e-mail about the post, but it was weighing on my mind, knowing that I hadn't finished up my writing.
As I write this, I am in my first full day in, wait for it...CAMBODIA!!! I haven't been out to the temples yet. I didn't get to my hotel until nearly midnight last night and since the middle of the day isn't the optimum time for picture-taking, I'm taking it easy this morning and planning on having a late lunch, then I can try to get my first pictures in what Jeff (and other photographers) call the "golden hour" when the lighting is better.
I can't make any promises about when I'll get my next post published, but I can promise that it will be about my vacation in Cambodia. I'm extremely excited to be here and hope that my pictures and experience here will live up to my expectations!