Thursday, November 6, 2008

Glorious Golden Leaves



Go ahead, I know what you're thinking, "Shameless self promotion of grandchildren again."  Actually I was going to run the nice photo below that I took at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens the other day. The trees around here are virtually begging to be photographed.  Then this afternoon , Laura Kate and I took a spin through the gardens for a little diversion, and I grabbed a few snaps of her in exactly the same spot,  before she put her foot down!  (When that happens, it's time to move on.)  So which would YOU put on the portal....L.K. or the tree/gate shot??? That's what I thought.  Now I have cleared my Daily Photo conscience.

There are two Tunes du Jour today.  The first is "Will and Anna" from NottinghillThe second is a song I found a while back and have held onto until the election. It will bring a chuckle no matter who you voted for.  "Dear Mr. President" by Randy Newman from Forest Gump.

PARIS COUNTDOWN....10 DAYS!



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33 comments:

Judy - So California said...

Virginia - By all means - have a clear conscience because OF COURSE you chose the correct LARGE one - but I love that you gave us the little one so we could see the additional beauty of where you were with the little beauty! Thank you for sharing both! TEN DAYS! Yippee - time will be here before you know it! Lucky you!

Olivier said...

le portrait est superbe, comment ne pas craquer devant ce jolie sourire (un peu tendu, mais pas facile d'être devant l'objectif ;o) ). J'aime ce portait, avec derrière les couleurs de l'automne.

the picture is superb, how not to crack it pretty smile (a little tense, but not easy to be in front of the camera ;o)). I wore this, with behind the colors of autumn.

Webradio said...

Bonjour !
Mignonne cette Petiote... Joli portrait !
Et joli sous-bois...

Bibi said...

Laura Kate is a new leaf in your family, so both photos are suitable!!! Beautiful leaves and little girl.

USelaine said...

They are both beautiful!

alice said...

I'm happy you chose this one! Lovely smile, lovely little girl...

Anonymous said...

I HAVE to have this one!!!! I thought when you told me you may put her on here, you were going for a shot of the dress I made she was wearing! Silly me, that girl outshines any dress you put on her! The tree in the background reminds me of our first family Christmas card with Lindley at Botanical Gardens sitting in the leaves with her hands above her head! I guess you don't have time for a card shoot before Paris?-Kat

Kathleen said...

Got to love them Grandkids!!

Kate said...

The eyes have it! She is a beautiful child, one whom you should photograph and post more often!!

JM said...

Your cute little girls deserve every photo on the portal! :-)
The garden shot is also awesome. Beautiful autumn atmosphere!

D.C. Confidential said...

Well, I'm partial to the first one myself. The second one is lovely, too, but the look in your granddaughter's eye and that smile framed by the yellow leaves is a gorgeous portrait.

Good choice!

Marie-Noyale said...

"Shameless promotion of grandchildren"
I love it!!!
The right and only choice of course!!
She is a beauty bringing life to the scenery,even without putting her foot down!!

Virginia said...

Kat, I went yesterday just to check that ginko tree. It's not quite yellow yet. Maybe by this weekend we can do it there.

Halcyon said...

Both photos are lovely. But I agree, who could resist those eyes and that smile? I'm sure you'll miss them while you're out and about in Paris. They'll probably miss you too! :)

Chuckeroon said...

Great shot of the forest trail, V.

Pack your rain coat if you're coming in this direction...oh, and sun glasses won't be needed either!

Virginia said...

Roon,
Now don't you know the rains will stop and the sun will come out the moment my feet touch French soil!HA I can always hope!!!!

Wayne said...

A cutie pie, no doubt about it.

What the picture really needed though was the addition of a couple of kittens and a puppy.

Now I have to go and get a name change and move to another country.

Rambling Round said...

Frame this one!

Eki Akhwan said...

Her golden smile, hair, and complexion are definitely more beautiful than the background autumn beauty. I agree with Rambling Round. YOu should frame it.

Virginia said...

Wayne,
You left out tractors and cleavage. You're slipping. The Witness Protection Program wont' be needed just yet.

Abraham Lincoln said...

A beauty with fabulous eyes. Nice photography.

jill said...

Lovely shots Virginia. And the countdown is almost in single digits!

PJ said...

Oh Virginia, always go with your heart for the portal. We're gonna come see you anyway (I have to make that decision all the time.)!

I have to congratulate you and thank you for all your hard work on your music choices everyday. It's always just the right piece and today is two for one. Squeeeee!

Livio said...

Wow beautiful portrait!

foodimentary101 said...

she's adorable!

I love this time of year.

your photos really capture the colors and the feeling

Strangetastes said...

Two beautiful subjects in one photo. What a good systhesis.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

10 days can feel like an eternity: it won't feet real until you're on the plane and its lifting off.

Virginia said...

Robert,
Absolutely! I can hardly wait.

S.T., Merci mon ami.

Louis la Vache said...

What a cute little girl! Who wouldn't smile back at her with a smile like that! What a day brightener to see this! ;-)

D said...

Both photos are beautiful! Laura Kate is quite the little model. :)
We love shameless self promotion of grandchildren around here!

Dusty Lens said...

Darling portrait!

Bergson said...

a beautiful girl with a color of autumn
cheer

Ming the Merciless said...

The photo of your grand daughter is spectacular. It's like a portrait study by an artist. Wait...you ARE an artist.