I awoke to a gray and cool morning and had plans to go to the McNeely Conservatory in Como Park to photograph the fall floral display.  The gardens were filled with the usual photographers all intent on getting the best images they could of the mums and grasses that decorate the Sunken Garden.  It was quiet and would probably have been considered quite boring if you were not a photographer.  But then we had an unexpected guest.  A fairy named Bud came into the conservatory gardens.  Her temperament and demeanor was youthful and energetic.  She flitted from garden to garden, amazed at the flowers and the palms, delighting in the koi that were swimming in the pools.  Her voice was high and impish and I noticed she’d caught the attention of all the photographers.  Someone asked Bud if she would sing a song for us.  She thought for a moment, then opened her mouth with a beautiful voice and rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”  Her energy and enthusiasm was infectious, and my morning in fairyland was most unexpected and delightful.

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