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Taking Solace in Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in a Time of Political Upheaval

 Squeezed Blossom

Squeezed Blossom

The day after the Election, I spent the afternoon walking through Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville.  It is one of my favorite botanical gardens because it is very natural looking.  They also have Victoria Water Lilies there.  For several years, the lilies did not appear but suddenly this year they were back again.  Some pads were almost perfect while others were past their prime and eaten away but still beautiful.  My walk through the gardens gave me great solace that day, so I decided to share these images in the hopes that it might do the same for others.  What follows will only be images. Sometimes the best thing to do is just look and listen in silence.

 Victoria Water Lilies, Past Their Prime but Still Blooming 

Victoria Water Lilies, Past Their Prime but Still Blooming 

 A Dying Blossom Amid New Buds

A Dying Blossom Amid New Buds

 Watery Fall Branches

Watery Fall Branches

 Water, the Antidote to Stagnation

Water, the Antidote to Stagnation

 Nothing Ever Stays the Same

Nothing Ever Stays the Same

 Floral Reflections

Floral Reflections

 Kanapaha Pond

Kanapaha Pond

 Life and Death in Balance

Life and Death in Balance

 Glowing Bamboo

Glowing Bamboo

 Looking through Bamboo Layers

Looking through Bamboo Layers

 Brancusiesque Plant Form

Brancusiesque Plant Form

 Lighting up the Hearts of White Camellias

Lighting up the Hearts of White Camellias

 Simply Red Camellias

Simply Red Camellias