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Pansy Land • Southern Rural Route

Poppie and I headed to Atlanta to see Miss Priss and her husband, arriving on Thursday, April 10. The next day we made another trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to revel in the blooming glory of Spring. Confession time. I am SERIOUSLY in love with Pansies and Violas. I happen to hate the name “Viola,” preferring “Johnny Jump-ups” but no one contacted me about a proposed name change. Instead, somebody, somewhere along the way, just upped and changed the name to Viola like the musical instrument. Puh-leeze. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to name them Pee-wee Pansy? Everyone would then know that it was the smaller version of the pansy.

I put the hideous name aside and went over the deep end with my camera so that I could preserve all these colors that I don’t have in my garden. Yet. Wanna admire them with me?

Was that as good for you as it was for me? All of these photos were taken with an ancient and cranky Canon DSLR and an everyday 50 mm lens. I think I might have used my close-up filters once on a pink dogwood.