Sunday, March 22, 2009

Carp Diem!



Forgive me,  I am so sorry , but I couldn't stop myself!    I visited the Japanese- Americ Society Alabama's Festival at the Japanese Gardens yesterday, and they had this wonderful pool of carp on display!  What a beautiful day it was.  The Birmingham Botanical Gardens parking lot was FULL.   Apparently everyone in Birmingham wanted to get outside and see the cherry blossoms in bloom and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather.  Today, two images from my visit. More to come of course!

24 comments:

Eki Akhwan said...

Your new header photo popped up and grabbed my attention, V. The blue and white are so cheerful, it instantly uplifted my mood ... Thanks!

And oh ... the Japanese garden is sooo beautiful. Reminds me of the Cherry blossom festival in Tokyo and D.C. that I visited.

cieldequimper said...

So beautiful and elegant! Thanks for sharing those!

Hilda said...

Groan!

Great shot of the carp though! And I love your second shot — beautiful.

Thérèse said...

I enjoyed your title!!

altadenahiker said...

The World According to Carp.

Babooshka said...

I am seizing nothing but my aloe vera balsam tissues at the moment but I do have my black kimono on. I am seizing in spirit at least. The water for some reason has caught my attention the most. It's so peaceful.

Bibi said...

I would have made the same pun...I am an incurable punster. Lovely carp.

Marie Reed said...

What a carpture!
PS. Sooo happy to know that you'll be in Paris soon!

Kim said...

V., that blue, blue water and shock of gold caught me from the thumbnail and pulled me right into the shot. Then, like Eki, I was caught between the blue sky and blossoms of your header and the blue liquidy goodness of the water. So Lovely! Reading through everyone's clever puns was a treat! How nice so many in the community got out to welcome spring. Your beautiful shots say it all.
And Marie's comment about you soon being in Paris soon got me thinking of blossoms across the pond. The whole northern hemisphere is moving into the sunshine. Yippeee!
-Kim

marley said...

You know I love a pun title and this is pun-tastic! Great photos, glad you enjoyed the spring weather :)

FireLight said...

Virgina, these images are gorgeous! I love the cherry blossoms. This was one of my younger son's favorite outings during the spring of 1989 when he was staying in Birmingham for his radiation treatment. He especially loved the Japanese Garden. Thank you for these wonderful photos. I will make sure he sees this post!

Rambling Round said...

So colorful. I feel like I'm in Tokyo!

Juergen Kuehn said...

Love the second image with it's matched colors in red, yellow and green. Oh, the kimono and umbrella looks so elegant.
Juergen

Virginia said...

Thanks everyone. The carp pun came back to haunt me in the middle of the night! I'll try and show more restraint from now on! ha
V

Maya said...

That title is something else. ;-)

But, the shots are lovely!

bfarr said...

Nicely done.

Dusty Lens said...

Seize the carp! Always a pleasure to walk about in a Japanese Garden. What a lovely lovely day!

Blognote said...

Dusty Lens is right about "seizing the carp" and walking in Japanese gardens: it is always very relaxing. And then...the photo of the carp is a real catch!!

JM said...

'Carp diem'! Love this! Lol!
Gorgeous shot of the lady in her kimono! Just beautiful!

Gena said...

Nice shots. I would like to attend a festival of that kind. It's so interesting.

Virginia said...

Thanks guys, some of your comments are as corny as my title! Ha

Gena and bfarr, glad to have you join this rowdy crowd of bloggers who stop by every day!!

U "R" Us said...

Oh! The carp shot is just so good. Like a painting. It would look awesome, and hold its own, next to a Hockney.

Marc said...

Wonderful shots of the carp and the lady. I love the blossom in your header too.

Babzy said...

i appreciate a lot the title ;) great shots !And Nice Banner!