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May 22, 2023

color stories: botanical gardens

💙 i've been taking morning walks for years and years now, and it's one of my favorite daily practices. getting outside every day (even when the weather is uninviting) is essential for me.
i love it all: the fresh air, the rhythm of my feet touching the ground, smiling hello to the people that i meet along the way, watching the birds flying by, seeing the clouds and sunshine, noticing the changes that come with each new season, each new day. just being outside in nature and in my community clears my mind, wakes me up, and helps me feel connected and whole.

i believe that inspiration really is everywhere, if you remember to look for it.

so, in the spirit of sharing some of that inspiration with you, i'm starting a new series for 2023: color stories.

for each story, i'll share photos from a different walk. and for each photo, i'll share a color palette (with DMC floss #s) inspired by that photo. 💙

a few days ago, i stopped by the botanical gardens at UNCA, to see what was blooming. it's not a long walk, but it's a pretty one; lots of native flowers and plants, an old cabin and springhouse, some sunny meadows, and a creek to dip your toes in.

the colors change seasonally, of course, and on this visit, i noticed lots of oranges and purples. the mountain laurels (white and pink) have been especially beautiful this year, and some of the native azaleas were still in bloom too!

i hope these photos and colors inspire you to make something beautiful. 

xo, liz


1 comment

  • Hello, Liz,

    What a great idea for seeing the beauty of God’s creation, but recording the colors for us in DMC threads.

    Diane Sanford on

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