Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Oh What a Lunch Break!

Oh the weather has been just glorious the last few days, and I definitely have a case of Spring Fever. Today I just couldn't stand to be cooped up in my office, so on my lunch break I drove a few blocks over to Temple Square to take in the Spring time version of the grounds.

At each entrance they had planted the most fragrant of flowers, which wafted in the warm air, complete the Springtime seduction away from my work.

A half hour lunch soon was an hour lunch, and the camera was never out of my hand for a moment.

The Dance that I have now photographed in Winter, Summer and Spring.

The tulips! Oh my...I couldn't get enough of them!
And the daffodils too...

And the broad vistas...

Then back to exploring close Iceland poppy with beautiful stamen.

I know flowers photograph best in the morning and late afternoon, as the overhead sunlight tends to wash their colors out when photographed. But still...some of the tulips managed to glow with sunlight overhead anyway.

Surreal...yet very real!

I like the fringed tulips a lot!

The "plain old regular" red tulips had a special gloss that reflected the light like patent leather.
Swirled colors...two color treats in one flower.

Across from the Temple Square there is a lot of construction going on. A city within a city is being built, which will have housing and business spaces, schools and shopping all fitted around a creek. City Creek is the name of the development, and I think living across the street from this garden would be pretty cool.

Well, it was my lunch break, and I didn't eat anything in the garden. But on the way back to work, the Pastry shop caught my eye, so I dropped in to see what was being offered there this season.

More flowers! Gorgeous realistic flowers atop cakes...

and special cookies....
A regular pastry garden could be bought. I settle for a small slice of raspberry filled cake but enjoyed looking at all the cakes that were offered.

All this Spring time beauty...and yet I look across the way and see the mountain behind my house, still capped with snow under the warm blue sky.
Every direction has snowy mountains, like a garland of lace surrounding the flower filled city.
I really love looking around and seeing the mountains that border Salt Lake.
Oh...and that was just part of all the wonderful things that happened on this Wednesday.
Drop by tomorrow to see and hear more!


Marni said...

I sure enjoyed this virtual tour!

Lovella said...

Jill, I love this post. .filled with beauty and optimism .. and such gorgeous flowers. .seriously I can hardly believe you found your way back to work . .
I can't wait to see what is so wonderful for tomorrow. .

Vicki said...

Ahhhh...beautiful! As much as I enjoy living here in Florida, I really miss seeing the daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and poppies. I had to biggify each picture just to indulge myself...and I was hoping to find a little scratch-n-sniff box!

Dolores said...

You captured your lunch break magnificently. And raspberry filled cake for lunch too - wonderful.

Sara said...

Jill, this post is full of beauty and poetry! Thanks for the wonderful visit and I must say that those flowers are absolutely gorgeous but I know even more so in person, when you can enjoy the wonderful perfume of them too. Wow.

And I LOVE that bakery shop! Such beautiful cakes and cookies...someone there is after my own heart, with the addition of the two little jeweled frogs on the cake plate. Just my sort of whimsy! Wish I was there enjoying it with you.


Vicki said...

Oh, what a treat! I came back to peek at the flowers again and - lookee here - you've redecorated! Very nice, Jill!

Kate said...

Wow! Isn't Spring just grand?!?
K Q:-)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

What beautiful blooms! It definitely looks like spring has arrived...and with all that colour, you may not even miss the bluebonnets!

Julie said...

What gorgeous floral photos! and the pastry created to fit the theme! Perfect... I think I would have forgotten all about going to work !!