Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Philadelphia International Flower Show - Part 2

Here are more photos from the show.  The theme this year was Hawaii.  As soon as I heard the music of Brother Iz singing all my favorite songs, the strangest sensation came over me.  I felt homesick for Hawaii and I have never lived there.  I have, however, been blessed to have visited five times over the past 30 years and each time I did not want to come home.  That is a good way to leave a place, wanting to stay past your vacation time, a good way to leave I guess, wanting more.  When Gregg heard the music playing and saw this setting even he said how much he would love to go back to Hawaii and hopefully one day we will.  At the end of this post you can hear three of my favorite songs by Brother Iz.


We did not see any live music or dancers this time but it was fun to see the projections on the side of this grass structure.  


We missed the live traditional dancing as we had left the show by then.


I wish I could have taken many of these flowers home with me and plant them in my garden but I will have to wait until our next trip to the botanic garden in Washington DC.  


This sign reminded us of a very special trip we took the last time we were in Maui several years ago.  We were still on East Coast time and were up at the crack of dawn so that we could take the road to Hana.  It was memorable as there was no one else around, and it is probably at the top of the list for one of the most scenic road trips we have ever taken.

















We have never been to Kaua'i and hope to visit that island next time we head that way.


We picked up several brochures!
















Replica of the USS Arizona Memorial



A wonderful display of flowers with lighting which is meant to represent a lava flow.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  It was a far more magnificent visual than this photo shows.
















This is a look-a-like of the statue of a very famous surfer, Duke Kahanamoku.  You can see a photo of the real one here and here, which is located on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.  


This car did not have one fingerprint on it as there was a young man who diligently polished every spot that had been handled, and there was a lot of handling.  






Three great songs sung by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole (Brother Iz)