Topiary Takeover at Franklin Park Conservatory

Monday afternoon, Laura, Charlie, and l spent a couple of hours at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio. Here are a few example.

The Exhibition Topiary Takeover.

Twenty-five topiaries made of living plants will take over the gardens this summer—fourteen of which have never been seen before! The animal topiaries are filled with plants to mimic the colors and textures of fur, skin, scales and feathers. UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites inspired the animal topiaries and the plantings that surround them. Visit sea creatures from the Great Barrier Reef, a show-stopping peacock from India, a majestic bison of the plains and more

If you’ve followed the blog for a time you’ve seen Topiaries posted here when I visited in 2017

Mt. Rainier and the Cascades Guest Blog

Taken from the window by Sue Reinfeld as she was landing in Seattle. You’ve read my friend Sue’s comments on the blog. Recently we were photographing goats together along the Monongahela. Thanks for the beautiful view, Sue.

Mt. Rainier and the Cascades

Last year I received a photo of Mt Rainier above the clouds from 8 year old Ellie and she was guest blogger in July.

Ecru Couch Going and Coming

Another one for the collection. Garbage collection.

Laura was driving. I sat in the back seat on the left side on the way to the pool.

On the way home I sat in the passenger front seat. It was quick as she drove by.

I’d rolled the windows down.

I’d spotted the discarded couch earlier that afternoon but there was no place safe to take the shot. I knew we were going to drive that direction later d was hoping the garbage truck didn’t get there first.

Thanks Laura.

Going to the pool via Broadway
Oh my, there it was. On the way home.
I was so excited to capture it in the frame as we drove by. It would not have been convenient to ask her to drive around the block.
Too soon

Seven is Super

Charlie is seven today! And it’s halfway to Christmas. Oh my! Happy 7th Birthday Charlie!

It’s exciting to be here in person to celebrate together this year.

Early morning celebration

A few friends of his friends will come for cupcakes after lunch.

Seemed like his UNO birthday was just yesterday
It’s a Minecraft theme
220,752,000 seconds
A Scooby Doo Van

Throwback Thursday @COSI

COSI center of Science and Industry

These photos in the gallery are from the Progress Exhibit of the museum. Charlie and Laura and I had a fun visit.

The Classic blue and white car which is in the CUBA Exhibit

“Travel through time and interact with the technology from 1898. Then turn a corner and find yourself generations later – in 1962 – in that same town.”

In the CUBA exhibit
Picnic lunch in the shade

Retro American Tourister Train Case

The color is “Fawn”. I received a three piece American Tourister luggage set from my maternal grandparents on the occasion of my 1970 high school graduation. The two suitcases are gone. But here’s the train case.

The red, white and blue luggage tag is at home in Pittsburgh, I’m pretty sure. .

While I’m here in Columbus OH, I saw the remaining piece in the closet at Laura’s home. I asked her what’s in there? Calico Critters from her childhood.

See a 1970’s commercial advertising American Tourister Luggage here

The retro train case in the color fawn.
Calico Critters