Sunday, May 26, 2013

Paradise Not Where You'd Expect It

How was the weekend everybody?

June is soon, I hope things are looking up a little weatherwise, where you are.  We did have a terrible week in the states last week with monster tornadoes.  The pictures of the destruction were hard to look act.  Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those people in Oklahoma who lost homes and family members.

And you all know that we in the Paradis family could have had a better month than our May turned out to be.  So finding a little sweet respite from it all was a blessing and a surprise.

Anyway, I'll have more on this soon, but I thought I'd start the week with a colorful sneek peek.  It's a part of a garden at Annie's Annuals, in Richmond, California.  Richmond has always been a working class kind of place....but in recent years, it has gained a terrible reputation.  And Annie's is located in a very industrial and unpromising part of Richmond.  But it defies all expectations and is utterly life-affirming and a generally exceedingly optimistic kind of place.

Looking at this picture, you can't disagree with me, can you?  It's amazing what a little color and Mother Nature can do for a place, and for our morale.

Hope it's a good one!


  1. That is so beautiful!!! I love when people take rejected, neglected places and somehow make them gorgeous. :-)

  2. i've got to get my b-hind out there someday (next time with you perhaps?) looking forward to more of your adventures in photos here in the north ;^)

  3. hmm... good terrible reputation or downright bad? probably a forgiving place picture-wise, or is it?
    okay! i will be patient!