I ran across this most awesome rose garden today while walking about.
The Poppy. The city of Georgetown excels at growing and showcasing these gorgeous flowers. It is a little late in the season, but there are still a few good flowers to be discovered while walking through the downtown neighborhoods.
Here are some more photos from walking through the neighborhoods of Georgetown in search of yards full of red poppies. This will give you a better idea of how crazy this town gets for these flowers. It was nice and sunny this afternoon, and this part of Texas is starting to warm up a bit, so I am not sure how much longer these flowers will be on display.
I am motoring around the Round Rock Outlet Mall today. As usual, I hit up the Starbucks, this time for an iced green tea and some internets. There is more red in the beautiful blooming rose bushes outside then you would imagine possible. On the inside, they are playing music I’ve never heard before and one groovy lyric stuck with me.
The YouTube video of the song “Eye” by Brandi Carlile is linked below if you want to give it a listen.
The story goes that red poppy seeds were brought to Georgetown from Europe soon after WWI. In the springtime, it is relatively easy to find small fields of poppies, patches along fence lines, or maybe even gardens that people have nourished. In April, the town holds a yearly celebration called the Red Poppy Festival. Today I learned that poppies have large flowers on tall thin stalks, making them like sails in the wind. It is difficult to get a nice picture on windy days like today. The fringe benefits, in case you want to pursue the profession of red poppy photographer, are that you get to hang out with the neighborhood cats. 🙂
I visited Chinatown Center in Austin to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It was super crowded as the weather was nice. The celebration included drums, strings of explosive firecrackers, red lanterns, food, drink, and the spectacular Lion Dances. According to Wikipedia, here is the mythology behind the New Year celebrations.
I stopped in for Pho Tai Chin tonight at Pho Saigon in the Chinatown Center in North Austin. As usual, the Pho hit the spot on a cold, wet night. They have decorated a Christmas Tree in front of the complex, so I took a few photos to share.