When it comes to holidays, I prefer quiet, sweet traditions. I had the day off on February 14 and woke too early. Without giving it much thought, I went to the wonderful big Bachman’s garden center on Lyndale Avenue in Minneapolis. I love winter, but this Minnesota winter has lately been too white and too dreary with some cold weather. A visit to somewhere relaxing with flowers,
plants and a cute little French cafe was just what I needed. Because it was Valentines Day, I was delighted to see they opened early at 8:00 am. I spent a lovely morning watching the exotic, colorful fish swim back and forth swishing their feather tails. I quietly observed the staff getting ready for their big day (“we need more roses!”). You could see that they took care to wear a bit of red and they were all so helpful and gave their best service for all the folks coming to buy their flowers. I brought my Olympus PL7 and after months of not really taking any photos, it was wonderful to take photos of the rich colors. I just might do this every Valentines Day. Early in the morning.