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Southern belles

12 months

I was touring the Bellingrath Gardens and Home outside of Mobile, Alabama. And these girls were just wandering the paths in the gardens with chaperons. So I asked. Apparently they are part of a group of fifty high school seniors called the "Azalea Trail Maids" who serve as "official ambassadors" for the city at various locations and events. And their dresses are antebellum-style "meant to look like flowers". I couldn't resist so much color all at once!

Laura, I'm almost at a loss for words for how much this image makes me smile. The two women in purple create visual bookends for this painting of pink, yellow and aquamarine! I love that you found a moment where the textures of their dresses match the botanical texture of their background. I just want to know so much more about their costumes and what event they were dressed up for!

Kristen McNicholas
Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot