These lovely purple asters were blooming at Tyler Arboretum, near Philadelphia, when we were there for a wedding a few weeks ago. The wedding was gorgeous; time spent with family a joy. Of course, I was thrilled that the event was held in a beautiful botanical garden -- the bride and groom could not have picked a better venue for me. The ceremony was scheduled for the afternoon and we took advantage of free passes to visit the arboretum in the morning. H.H and I spent a pleasant couple of hours strolling the pathways through the trees with my son and his two boys. Naturally, I took pictures of the various native plants we encountered. My 12-year-old grandson, Mateo, asked if he could use the camera. I set it on automatic, gave him some basic instructions such as how to hold it, and handed it over. He took some great pictures! So much so, that I asked him to photograph the actual wedding. Now he thinks he may be a photographer when he grows up. Here are a few of Mateo's pictures, interspersed with some of mine:
|Bee on aster Photograph by Mate0|
|Frost aster Symphyotrichum pilosum Photograph by Mateo|
|Winterberry holly Ilex verticillata|
|Sorry I don't know what this is. Do you?|
|Ox-eye sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides Photograph by Mateo|
As well as native plants and majestic trees we were interested in the educational information provided on signs around the park. We learned that the man-made brushpile structures were created to give habitat for some animals.
The boys loved the numerous tree houses that dot the arboretum.
|Birds eye view from a treehouse. Mateo is the boy wearing a hoody.|
|Nature-made sculpture Photograph by Mateo|
My daughter-in-law, Mateo's mother, officiated at the wedding, making the event even more special for us.
|Photographs by Mateo|
I was so impressed with Mateo's work, and with the care he took of the camera. We gave him a new name: Lord Lichfield. (My friends in England will know that Patrick Lichfield, during his lifetime, was the royal family's renowned photographer.)
We wish Kristi and Eric a beautiful life together. Thank you for including us in your special day.
|Photograph by Mateo|
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