A SYMPHONY OF WHITE
Beijing, 16 May 2013
My wife and I are in the US at the moment for our son’s graduation. We were down in Philadelphia over the weekend, together with our daughter, proudly present at the Great Moment.
My wife and I had visited Philadelphia some 30 years ago, together with my mother-in-law, on our before-the-marriage honeymoon (I have referred to this in an earlier post). But we didn’t remember much, so we decided to go and visit the old part of town again.
It was all very pretty and peaceful; the streets in the old part of Philadelphia are really very pleasant to stroll along. As we walked, we came across some white roses planted along the pavement, separating it from a parking lot. These were not the sculpted creations one finds in carefully tended gardens but were more the blowsy type found on wild bushes.
And they smelled heavenly!
A little later, when we arrived at the visitors’ centre, we stumbled into a magnificent trellis of white wisteria.
I decided there and then to spend the rest of our visit to the US photographing all the white flowers we would come across, first in Philadelphia and then in New York where we would be staying a few extra days with our daughter. Here is the album of what we found:
White rhododendron in the courtyard of the museum at the University of Pennsylvania
A white-flowered tree along a street in Philadelphia
Another white-flowered tree on the lower east side of New York
Some laggard narcissi on the upper east side
A smorgasbord of white in Central Park, starting with white tulips
then white pansies
then three flowers whose names I don’t know
a white chestnut at the exit of the park
white irises around a statue of the Virgin Mary on the corner of a church not too far from the park.
white daisies of some sort on the High Line (the last time we were here was the dead season)
and finally white dieffenbachia, seen just before catching the shuttle to Newark airport
graduation caps in air: http://www.plantijn.be/images/plantijn2/container1103/images/iStock_000004407014.jpg
other pictures: mine