a saturday with frida kahlo

I went to the NY Botanical Garden for the first time about a month ago and it was such a magical experience. I fell in love with the place, the maybe 1/8th of the vast terrain I had time to see [I will be returning soon for the rest, just waiting for a nice sunny weekend, which the month of June has betrayed me of :/]. My timing coincided with the recent opening of the Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibit, which is “NYBG’s evocation of this unusual garden as it appeared in the mid-20th century.” If you live in the NYC area, check it out before it closes on Nov. 1!

It engaged all of my feels. I dusted off my camera and captured the shots below. enjoy 🙂

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s home [Casa Azul]. If I ever have the chance to visit Mexico City, the Museo Frida Kahlo will be atop my agenda.

the beginning.
the beginning.
a complicated love they had.
a complicated love they had.
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entering Frida’s world.
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pyramid channeling their ancient ancestors.

Frida’s studio:

a recreation of Frida's garden studio.
a recreation of Frida’s garden studio.
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the makings of magic.
"I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality."
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality” – frida

Frida had a deep appreciation for cactus plants, as do I [not all of these are from her garden, some are from other parts of the Garden]:

indestructible.
indestructible.
a world of varieties.
a world of varieties.
strange.
boundary defying.
boundary defying.
breathtakingly strange.
limitless.
limitless.

flores [I couldn’t resist]:

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attempting photography: serenity in the woods

Using the generous gifts I received for my recent graduation, I bought a camera, and took it with me on a mini getaway to the woods [Shenandoah in Virginia]. There was no phone reception, i.e., no email, social media, calling + texting – basically a dream come true for introvert me. Here’s the product, let me know if you have any tips, advice, comments as I delve into amateur photography.

our humble abode:

the Little Bitty cabin [its actual name] was so cozy. if you know me, you know that I love miniature things.
the kitchen: it looks small but had everything we needed. delicious meals were prepared here.
the kitchen had everything we needed for delicious meals.

the mighty mountains:

signage
signage

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leisure:

at the stable
at the stable
introducing myself to Leah, my horse for the 1.5 hour ride. this was my first time and I was nervous.
introducing myself to Leah, my horse for the 1.5 hour ride. this was my first time and I was nervous.
getting strapped in and saddled up.
getting strapped in and saddled up.
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and we’re off. about 10 minutes into it, I felt comfortable and relaxed.
I survived my first horse riding experience :D
I survived my first horse riding experience 😀
hammock life.
hammock life.
fishing at the pond, not that we actually caught anything.
fishing at the pond, not that we actually caught anything.

dipping my toes in the Shenandoah River [before a snake paid a visit and we all ran away]
dipping my toes in the Shenandoah River [before a snake paid a visit and we all ran away]
landscape:

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always thought these mailboxes were so cool.
always thought these mailboxes were so cool.

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