Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Letter Appreciation Wednesday- G- wiz

Time to name rougly ten favorite things- starting with the letter "G".

My husband Gerry (Gerald to everyone who knew him before UCLA), strolling through the herb Garden at the Cheyenne, Wyoming Botanical Garden in the summer of 2006. I was a newspaper editor. He is an engineer. This was the rarest of occasions. We were both awake and not picking something professionally apart.
GWA- Garden Writer's Association. What a Godsend- an absolutely superlative organization. I could not have transitioned from Editor to writer without their educational programs and contacts.

That was where I first met some of the most important people in my current professional life. Including photographer,Gene Sasse. If you enjoy the many photographs he allows reprinted here, run up to The Garden in Pomona, and pick up his inspirational gift book Garden Thoughts.

Three roses, all with names starting with the letter "G" beautifully demonstrate the versatility of the genus.

"Gourmet Popcorn'

'Gentle Giant'

'George Burns'

Garlic. Who isn't transported to a dreamy vacation by the aroma of a head slowly roasting in the oven in a bath of olive oil with a sprig of thyme.

The Golden Gate Bridge. Who doesn't remember the first time they saw it? How it felt to cross the ocean in a car?

The Grace of God. I love this quote by London journalist Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) about his devotion to his relationship with the Almighty-
"You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink."

Finally, this shot was taken at a location starting with a "G". First correct guess will get a surprise gift from me.

All photos in this post, except top photo, are by Alta Loma photographer Gene Sasse.


xplorer said...

"When we are young, we are but grape juice. How we choose to live our life determines if at the end of our days if we lived as fine wine or vinegar."
powerful words of wisdom

Anonymous said...

Love Gene's beautiful photography. So Wednesday's are letter days, are they? Well, your Garden which I've been privileged to visit over the years has many Gems, the kind that Grow. On your patio, you have a mighty Grilling BBQ with the G-man as chef. Your Garden produces a Generous crop of scent, blooms and the edible.
A very important G word is Gratitude. Another Generosity. Both of these words describe those who are privileged to be Americans, whether by birth or choice.
My Guess for the photo is "the great divide". While driving the narrow mountain roads of Colorado which are only passable in mid-summer, the composition reminded me of going over the top of one to Leadville. It was over ten thousand feet and an awesome experience. Our continental divide is something to behold.

Lydia said...

Welcome and Thank you xplorer.

Edda, Great G Words. So glad we met through that Letter to the Editor you wrote back around 1992.

Great divide isn't the answer- but you are in the right half of the country. It is a place associated with tourism- more often without snow. Enough hints

Anonymous said...

L, I forgot about Wednesday. Got carried away with something else! Sorry... better nate than lever.
GEESE, I have a pair that return here every Spring. GABLE, as in Clark. Swoon... GRASS, fresh mowed smells heavenly. GUITAR played by the right person. GEARSHIFT...oh the memories of 3 on a tree, and 4 on the floor! GRIN, a good thing. GRANDFATHER, I never knew mine, sadly, but I have 2 perfect GRANDDAUGHTERS and 2 perfect GRANDSONS! Oh, and GIN. Mmmmmmm.... with tonic and a lime.
Sorry, I don't know your secret place picture.
xo Oregon Sue

Anonymous said...

Lydia, Am going to try again....could it be a picture taken in the Grand Tetons Nat'l Park in Wyoming? It sure looks like a high mountain range in the West. :)

Lydia said...

It is in a frequently photographed place in the Western United States.

Anonymous said...

Lydia, This is my last shot and probably should have been the first one. Is it the Grand Canyon? Have been there many times over the years and it still leaves me awestruck as it did the first time. :)


Lydia said...

Dear Edda-

Yes. the photo is of The Grand Canyon

A copy of Defiant Gardens: Making Gardens in Wartime, by Kenneth Helphand San Antonio: Trinity University Press (2006)will be added to your large collection of books this week.


OldLady Of The Hills said...

I haven't a clue where that last picture is....! Great "G" Post, Lydia....As always, the Garden and Flowers are BEAUTIFUL!

Anonymous said...

Lydia, You don't know how thrilled I am about the "prize". I remember reading an article about it in the WSJ a year or two ago, and thinking about the Victory Gardens, right here in our America, during WWII. I was 3 1/2 when Pearl Harbor was attacked. The V Gardens were a big part of my formative years. Pop Leonard's Market on Whittier Blvd. in Montebello distributed packets of seeds for Victory to everyone in the area. I guess that played a big part in my lifelong love affair with gardening, horticulture and Ca agriculture. Thank you. Edda