My 26th birthday was a quiet one. I took the day off and spent the morning nursing coffee & reading. In the afternoon, I met my friend Myra at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. We putzed around for quite some time, talking and making new plant friends. My favorite exhibit - the one that simulates a desert environment - was closed, so I opted for some outside-looking-in photos instead. They have such a dry & ethereal quality about them that it didn't feel right to post them alongside the lush tree-flower-bush photos. So, you'll have to wait a day or two for those!