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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Weekend Snapshot: Number 53

This has been my week of gardens. I shot the hummingbird today (Sunday) in JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, NC.
I suggested to Bill that we go to this garden which is the city where I live, to finish off my week of gardens. For the doors challenge this week, I used some doors I found Monday in the Sarah P Duke Gardens which belongs to Duke University in Durham NC (about 30 minutes from me). I also found doors on Thursday, which I posted, at the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carlina (UNC) in Chapel Hill which is about 45 minutes from me. I thought for my weekend snapshot post I'd post shots from each of these gardens.
The shot above is one I took today in the Raulston Arboretum's shade house which is very extensive but hard to shoot except in small sections as there are lots of turns.
The shot above is from the sunny part of the Raulston Arboretum and the shot below is from one of the shady sections at the same garden. NCSU has a large horticulture department and the garden is used in part for teaching purposes.
Since this is already getting long and I have posted some shots earlier this week of the other two gardens, I'll limit myself to two photos each for them. All of these gardens are very large and have so many different parts to them that there is no way, even in a long post for each garden, that I can do them justice.
The shot above is on one of the shady paths at Duke Gardens. It's great in the summer to feel the dramatic temperature drop going from full sun to full shade. The shot below is from one of the sunny parts at Duke gardens.The NC botanical garden at UNC is a conservation garden and much of the garden is very naturalized which I like. They also have sections representing the different ecological systems in the different parts of the state. The shot below is in the mountain section and leads to the Paul Green cabin.
The last shot on this whirlwind three garden tour is also at the UNC garden and is in a section where you're leaving the coastal plain habitat garden and aren't quite to the mountain habitat garden.
I'm sure I'll be posting more shots from these gardens at some point but I'll end this long rambling mixed garden tour here.

For more WS shots you can go to the home of Weekend Snapshot on Monday or browse technorati here .

20 comments:

Juliana RW said...

It was so beautiful garden. I am sure that you enjoy your time in there.

Please drop at my WS post also: in HERE and HERE Thanks

Yen said...

Oh wow! Love those lush gardens! :D

NotableBistro said...

I wish I am there! I love how green it is..Love the 3rd and 6th photo!

starnitesky said...

You certainly have some beautiful gardens to visit.

Dr.John said...

I loved all the pictures. I wish I lived near gardens like those.

SabineM said...

Carver, I am back in CALIFORNIA!;-))
Lovely garden... I NEED MORE time at home to garden (if I were at less horseshows and less travels)
A little rain would help to make our gardens lush! ;-)

Caroline said...

They all look like lovely gardens. I visited a garden this weekend - but not to see the flowers.

SandyCarlson said...

Carver,
This looks like a wonderful place, indeed. Thanks.

Napaboaniya said...

The garden is looking beautiful. I used to be terrified of crossing planks like those in one of the pictures. Been Miss Clumsy like my mom used to call me, I fell into a small drain when I was young *LOL*

p/s: Yup, the shot of my girl in the pool was when it started raining at the party.

Kero said...

those were really fabulous shots! I too have a nature entry on WS. come visit!

ettey said...

fab shots as usual, Carver ^_~.

Indrani said...

Beautiful gardens, very rejuvenating!

Sienna said...

What beautiful gardens, just a gorgeous place to get lost in, let alone try and get some pictures of the wildlife. Nice hummingbird photo, aren't they like cappuccinos, always on the lookout for the next one.

Pam

Heart of Rachel said...

What a lovely and rich garden. It must be great to go around that place to appreciate all those beautiful plants and flowers.

fishing guy said...

Carver: A beautiful trip through the garden, thanks for sharing.

tanabata said...

These are all great shots! So lovely and green.

Carver said...

Thanks for visiting my weekend snapshot. I hope everyone has a great week ahead.

stev&emz said...

what a very beautiful garden. i wish i have a garden like that.. =)

Dee said...

Hi Carver,
Wow - beautiful gardens! I'd love tos ee them sometime!

kaycee said...

i love gardens!!! really good photos =)