Virginia Spring Time

There are many lovely farms here in the VA countryside.  Last weekend for Mother’s day, the Mt Sharon Road Farm opened up their gardens to the public for the day.  The owners traveled in England and loved the gardens and have spent countless hours converting 10 acres into a variety of garden rooms.  In every corner, there were clouds of flowers blooming.  I took my 105 f/2.8 Macro lens and the 70-200 and shot most of these hand held.  I could have stayed in place for hours, but there was so much ground to cover. Flowers were not the only things on the grounds.  This five foot black snake was hanging in a branch.  It looked as if he had recently eaten.

Roses were everywhere and little details hidden at the turns.  Statuary imported from Europe was tucked in to corners or near the fountains.  Peonies may be my favorite flower.  The delicacy and the complexity fascinate me.

Here is a nine shot panorama of the view of the rose garden.  I could force myself to find a quiet retreat in one of the little pavilions.  All in all it was just a nice day.