I am an amateur photographer but it is one of my favorite hobbies in the world. On this trip, I wanted to avoid shooting the Golden Gate Bridge or the city skyline again. Perhaps it is because I am my mother’s child, but I love shooting flowers and gardens in particular. On this trip, I selected the SF Botanical Garden and Japanese Tea Garden as an opportunity to spend some quality time outside, see a different side of the city, and snap some photos. As we walked through the gardens, the stillness of the space blew me away. It felt serene, and as if we were miles away from the city. I do not know if my photos are any good, but I left those spaces relaxed and filled with joy.