Photo of the Day – August 10, 2012

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Photo of the Day – August 10, 2012

Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.”
Daisaku Ikeda

Entrance to Chinatown,” Portland, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Photo of the Day – August 9, 2012

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Photo of the Day – August 2012

Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.
Lao Tzu

Fern Rock,” Lan Su Chinese Gardens, Portland Oregon. Copyrights belong to the Photographer: Louise Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Photo of the Day – August 8, 2012

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Photo of the Day – August 8, 2012

“Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.”
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pagoda and the Purple Flowers,” Lan Su Chinese Gardens, Portland, Oregon (with Permission). Copyrights belong to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards, L and L Photography, L and L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

Flower of the Day – August 8, 2012

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Flower of the Day – August 8, 2012

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.”
~Rabindrath Tagore

“Marmalade,” Portland Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Louise Edwards, L and L Photography, L and L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

 

Photo of the Day – August 7, 2012

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dPhoto of the Day – August 7, 2012

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Dragonfish,” Lan Su Chinese Gardens, Portland Oregon. Photo taken with Permission. Copyrights belong to the photographer: Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, © 2012 All Rights Reserved.

It’s Lavender Time!


The Fields of Helvatia Lavender Farms

It is lavender time in Portland and with it the wondrous scent of lavender. From the lush fields of lavender, to the gardens, to the markets, lavender is in the air. Lloyd and I are fortunate to live in a city that is so close to the agricultural areas of the Willamette Valley. As such, we are privy to an array of fresh fruits, vegetables, nursery stock plants of all kinds, and the best of all – they all end up among other places at the local markets and festivals in the area. We are fortunate also to live blocks from one such local market at Orenco Station, where fresh produce and fresh flowers and nursery plants are sold, among other local artisan goods.

July marks the arrival of lavender with it comes an array of festivals at many of the local lavender farms around Portland.  A short drive for us, and we found our way to  Helvetia Lavender Farms, nestled in the hills overlooking the beautiful Willamette Valley.  Here the farm grows 60 varieties of lavender in their lush gardens and cutting fields. Visitors are welcome to wander through the gardens, and when they are through can enjoy teatime in their new pavilion, and relax amid the scent of lavender. They also distill our own lavender oil and carry a great selection of lavender products available for sale. Their property is amazing and the lavender fields breathtaking. Here we found lavender as far as the eye could see. The moment the door of the car opened the air around was filled with the strong and wondrous scent of fresh lavender. Wonderful. I was amazed by how many varieties of lavender there is. It not only grows in the lavender farms but it is found simply  everywhere around Portland, even in our own backyard garden. Here are some wonderful photos from our local market to the fields and beyond. Enjoy!

For purchase by the ounce…

To delicate sprigs…

To lavender fields…

To the garden plumes…

To that which surrounds a chair…..

To signs warning it’s here…

To the those of which bare ears …

To a bee drawn by its lofty scent….

To the tiny bee….

To Mr. Bumble bee….

The delicate sprigs of Lavender is in the air, indicating summer is finally here.

Cheers!

L&L

Photo of the Day – August 1, 2012

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Photo of the Day – August 1, 2012

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”
~ Nido Qubein

Green Wall,” Forest Park, Portland, Oregon. Copyrights belong to the photographer: © 2012 Lloyd Edwards, L&L Photography, L&L Images, All Rights Reserved.