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On a lovely morning this past April, Dylan Shapiro and I were trying to move some trees that were destined for the hillside above Reeves-Reed Arboretum's fabled Primrose Path. I had rented a miniature walk-behind tractor called a Dingo, and after we loaded the first Avondale cercis onto the bucket, I realized that the Dingo was seriously overmatched. The tree and its substantial rootball weighed at least 300 pounds, probably more, and the Dingo teetered precariously as we crossed the root-rid...
August is upon us and with it brings not only the hum of Dog Day Cicadas (Tibicen canicularis), but fabulous summer flowers and the bugs who love them. The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) has kindly allowed me to use it as a model in many of the following shots.
Wednesday evening, July 27, at Reeves-Reed Arboretum
For a week straight we all suffered from high heat and humidity. Staff, visitors and even the flowers in the gardens seem to move and sway in a slow motion stupor. Yet, at 7 pm Wednesday evening, July 27, with 250 people gathered at the Arboretum, as the chords of Val Vigoda’s electric violin sounded, the grounds of the Arboretum suddenly awakened. Dancers elegantly moved from the uppe...