In Florida


Another lifetime ago (Novemeber) I traveled to West Palm Beach to do the flowers for a wedding reception.

We set up camp in a villa that belonged to a friend of the mother of the bride. The small complex seemed to be built in the 1930s or 40s and was nearly encased in vines and tropical plants and flowers, with a pool and a little path that lead to the Atlantic. I could drink my morning coffee on the balcony. From my bed I could hear the ocean. It was really something special.
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Not having spent much time in Florida before, I now understand why people flock there. It's lush, beyond. The vines seemed on the verge of conquering every surface, everywhere. The sun of California but the jungle of Central America. The slowness of the South. It took me by surprise how quickly I was taken with it and even still, I wouldn't mind being back there now.

37 comments:

  1. florida is quite beautiful. i wouldn't mind being there myself.
    the flowers are simply lovely. as is this post :))
    -jocee <3

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  2. These photos are really phenomenal.

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  3. that does look lush. and your barefeet aren't helping any! dang do i ever miss green stuff everywhere + warm winds...lucky you! :)

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  4. That top photo is INCREDIBLE!!! So evocative of everything missing from my January right now :

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  5. Thanks guys! I'm having fun with disposable cameras these days.

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  6. Love your POV. The photos are gorgeous. I'm in California, in the midst of some spectacular weather, but these photos still bring up some envy.

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  7. I saw in your instagram feed you went to Vizcaya in Miami? I love that place. I hope you were able to see Whitehall too in Palm Beach. I'm beyond a sucker for a mansion done right.

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  8. beautiful photos, looks like a heavenly spot.

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  9. I really love, how you combine the flowers with some fruit ♥

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  10. am in love with the first pic :)

    following your blog, hope u will visit me some time :)

    xoxo
    http://sreebindu.blogspot.com/

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  11. So clever of you to keep this nice warm post until the depths of cold Jan. So nice to see orchids hanging and oranges and KNEES while its freezy!

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  12. Oh Amy, you tease! It looks and sounds like heaven!

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  13. love the photos. you are very creative girl...:)

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  14. you always make me dream
    about life itself somehow;
    in its most beautiful way..

    thank you for that !

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  15. lovely photos. You make me miss home...rust lilies and those hanging orchids. My grandmother used to have those from her trees in the front yard.

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  16. I love that odd jumble of hanging plants. And are those peachy flowers begonias? I adore them.

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  17. Florida most definitely has its quirks, especially South Florida, but these photos are amazing. It makes me miss it a lot. (I live in North Florida now and although the vegetation is awesome, it's not quite the same). Great photos.

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  18. Splendid, beautiful pics! Florida is gorgeous.. and of course..warm. I'm missing bright skies these days. But we have some quite lush vegetation here in OR too! :)

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  19. So beautiful, Amy! Perfect perfect post for my own departure for the sunshine state tomorrow, thank you!

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  20. Lemons, limes, cumquats, twigs and beautiful blossoms - love this Amy. Your work is divine.

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  21. Those arrangements are so unique and beautiful.

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  22. Love the hanging plants. Such a pretty post. Peaches & greens. Makes me feel like winter won't last forever :)

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  23. brilliant compositions, amy. just perfect. your work continues to leave me in awe! xo

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  24. I was just in West Palm Beach about a month ago. It blew me away...the homes, the ocean, the flora. All simply beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing these shots.

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  25. Gorgeous photos as always! I used to live in Florida, and I can't even describe how much I miss it sometimes!

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  26. I have a handful of family members in Tampa who are so trashy and embody every bad stereotype about Florida that I often forget how lush and beautiful it can be there. I just picture rednecks on their jet skis holding a beer and my great aunt's hot pink 3" fake nails.

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  27. Kate, it's true. I was a little wary having not spent much time there. But the little nooks where we stayed were so nice. Beautiful and fancy and unlike a lot of Florida, I think.

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  28. These pictures are a much needed bit of light in my life today considering Northern IL is buried under a lot of snow and I'm finding myself missing the south more and more all the time. This place you visited looks amazingly beautiful. I'd like to go there.

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  29. oh, this is so very pretty. that first photo is to die for.

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  30. We are in Florida!! As new bloggers and retro-inspired artists, we really enjoyed your photos! We too find ourselves continually snapping shots of the beautiful flora here. You've inspired us to delve into our blogging - thank you!

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  31. These photographs are so intimately beautiful. I shoot with film all the time and you have inspired me to pick up a disposable camera, something I have not done since high school. Sometimes the simplest and cheapest tool can be better than the nicest medium format beast.

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  32. I love gardening so thanks for sharing fantastic and colorful photos for gardening. I love this all garden photograph. Thanks for sharing amazing information.

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  33. Amazing blog, your photos are really lovely!

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  34. That first photo is beautiful! I saw it on Pinterest and the first thing I thought was "this looks like Florida."

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