Q: How is “too much fun” like “too much chocolate”?

A: I don’t believe in either one.

When my friend Heidi and her Mom invited me to visit the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden with them this fine March morning, it was a whole, whole, whole lot of fun.

Since Heidi prearranged the visit, the folks managing the garden put this up to welcome her:

The folks at the garden were prepared for Heidis arrival

Heidi is aware I am an enormous fan of butterflies. She is also aware it is a bit early in the season for butterflies to be out. Her instincts as a hostess are amazing.  She brought one along just to help me have a more enjoyable visit!

Early Spring butterfly

Heidi’s favorite color is purple. There were purple flowers everywhere. Here’s a beauty:

I’m fond of yellow; there was no shortage in that department either:

Made it through the snow without missing a beat

Heidi and her Mom both know I prefer hiking at Pony Pasture over nearly any other activity. Pony Pasture and Lewis Ginter have a lot in common. I see plenty of these big guys in both places. The first is the head and wise eye of a Canada Goose (Branta canadensis):

For today’s final shot I zoomed in on his feathers; I enjoyed the pattern they made:

Thanks for the invitation and expert guided tour Heidi – you’ve convinced me to become a member! Have a great day,


About Jay McLaughlin

I am a rehabilitation counselor. I have many friends with autism and traumatic brain injuries. They help me learn new things constantly. I hike with dogs at the James River in Richmond - a lot. I've completed an Iron distance triathlon a year for 11 years. My most recent was in Wilmington, NC in November, 2013. I currently compete in mid-distance triathlons. And work and hike and take pictures and write and eat.
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2 Responses to Q: How is “too much fun” like “too much chocolate”?

  1. Grace says:

    Thanks so much for joining us today and for this great post featuring flowers, feathers and my two year old!

  2. Thanks for the invitation, and for bringing along such an enthusiastic tour guide! It was wonderful to see that beautiful place on such a lovely morning through her eyes. What a great way to start the day!

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