Brooklyn Botanical in a Chilly Spring Season

This year has been very strange with weather. We had a warm spat early on in April, which urged some of the cherry blossoms to bloom, but then a cold week sent them right back into hiding. So we did an estimate of when to go to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see some. It was a beautiful day with the tail end of tulips, and the beginnings of lilacs for all to enjoy.

Walking into the gardens from Eastern Parkway.

Walking into the gardens from Eastern Parkway.

A lower angle of Osborne Garden.

A lower angle of Osborne Garden.

Walking along the trellises.

Walking along the trellises.

A nice place to read.

A nice place to read.

The fountain setting.

The fountain setting.

Lilacs in bloom.

Lilacs in bloom.

Some cherry blossoms exist!

Some cherry blossoms exist!

My favorite bridge in the garden.

My favorite bridge in the garden.

The Japanese Garden still has a few blossoms.

The Japanese Garden still has a few blossoms.

The side of the pond.

The side of the pond.

The sun was very intense.

The sun was very intense.

Finally got this image to my liking after several years of trying it out.

Finally got this image to my liking after several years of trying it out.

My favorite spot to sit.

My favorite spot to sit.

The sunlight aided by a tint change.

The sunlight aided by a tint change.

A dream like effect.

A dream like effect.

Playing with refraction and sun spots.

Playing with refraction and sun spots.

Using the light to create an effect.

Using the light to create an effect.

So many coi.

So many coi.

A rose hidden in a bush.

A rose hidden in a bush.

I want to use that island for a shoot.

I want to use that island for a shoot.

Fun with tulips.

Fun with tulips.

So much texture.

So much texture.

My gf's favorite flower of the day.

My gf’s favorite flower of the day.

So many tulips.

So many tulips.

Look at all the colors!

Look at all the colors!

Fun with tulip designs and ignoring colors.

Fun with tulip designs and ignoring colors.

Looks like a watercolor.

Looks like a watercolor.

Great colors.

Great colors.

A stone bridge in the brush.

A stone bridge in the brush.

Next week: A nice timing with the light over the north entrance to Prospect Park.

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Walking Around the NY Botanical Gardens

The final part of our trip to the NY Botanical Garden involved us walking around the gardens and seeing various parts of it in bloom. I FINALLY got to see the rock garden. Then we walked around the Thain Family Forest, found some cherry blossoms just north of the waterfall, and then walked back around through the lilacs, crabapples, and azalea gardens. It was a little chilly out, so there weren’t many people about. Made for a nice quiet walk.

Trees in bloom as we approach the Haupt Conservatory.

Trees in bloom as we approach the Haupt Conservatory.

Two Cherry Blossoms sit around an entrance of the conservatory.

Two Cherry Blossoms sit around an entrance of the conservatory.

A closer look at the entrance.

A closer look at the entrance.

A nice big conifer.

A nice big conifer.

A pond inside the rock garden.

A pond inside the rock garden.

A nice comfy bench in the rock garden.

A nice comfy bench in the rock garden.

A small glen in the rock garden.

A small glen in the rock garden.

A nice looking waterfall in the rock garden.

A nice looking waterfall in the rock garden.

A different view of the watterfall.

A different view of the watterfall.

The sun just lit up this garden.

The sun just lit up this garden.

The waterfall on the north end of the Thain Family Forest.

The waterfall on the north end of the Thain Family Forest.

Cherry blossoms in the sun.

Cherry blossoms in the sun.

Looking out to the grassy fields.

Looking out to the grassy fields.

The Rockefeller Rose Garden (not open while we were there).

The Rockefeller Rose Garden (not open while we were there).

I always like looking at this cottage.

I always like looking at this cottage.

The view of the Goldman Stone Mill from the bridge.

The view of the Goldman Stone Mill from the bridge.

The sun starts to set, bringing out the shadows.

The sun starts to set, bringing out the shadows.

Trees bloom around the reflecting pool.

Trees bloom around the reflecting pool.

The Mertz Library Art Gallery.

The Mertz Library Art Gallery.

Next week: Some of the images from a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see the Cherry Blossoms.

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Flowers and Plants in the NYBG Conservatory

There is much more in the Haupt Conservatory inside the NY Botanical Garden than the Orchid Show. There are different areas dedicated to deserts, rain forests, palms, and carnivorous plants. Here are a few of the highlights I saw.

This looks like a fruit with leaves and petals.

This looks like a fruit with leaves and petals.

A very interesting and colorful flower.

A very interesting and colorful flower.

These thorns are the size of my fist in some cases.

These thorns are the size of my fist in some cases.

A view from above into the rain forest.

A view from above into the rain forest.

Looks like a pineapple with tentacles.

Looks like a pineapple with tentacles.

One of my favorite rooms in the conservatory. I love the play of light and shadow combined with the water.

One of my favorite rooms in the conservatory. I love the play of light and shadow combined with the water.

So much color in one plant.

So much color in one plant.

These look plastic as they fill out into a sphere shape.

These look plastic as they fill out into a sphere shape.

These look like elf shoes.

These look like elf shoes.

The plants climb under the roof and above the fountain.

The plants climb under the roof and above the fountain.

Moss and a waterfall.

Moss and a waterfall.

A cactus that looks like sea coral.

A cactus that looks like sea coral.

A fuzzy looking cactus.

A fuzzy looking cactus.

Looks like a seed pile in a packet.

Looks like a seed pile in a packet.

Very strange growth design.

Very strange growth design.

A lone rose in the midst of the orchids.

A lone rose in the midst of the orchids.

A bird of paradise. Very interesting colors and design.

A bird of paradise. Very interesting colors and design.

A banana bunch, that I was told about by an older woman who has been coming to the gardens for years.

A banana bunch, that I was told about by an older woman who has been coming to the gardens for years.

Detail on the banana bunch.

Detail on the banana bunch.

Next week: Walking around the outside of the NY Botanical Gardens.

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The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden

While up at the NY Botanical Garden, we dropped in to the Orchid Festival/exhibit in the Haupt Conservatory. I attended this exhibit several years ago, but this year I took a more in depth look at the flowers. Here are a bunch of images taken while I walked through. Since there are so many, I have put them in as thumbnails. Please click for larger images.

Interesting dispersal of color.

Interesting dispersal of color.

Some very bright yellow

Some very bright yellow

Love the lichen around the flowers.

Love the lichen around the flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fuller yellow.

A fuller yellow.

The normal, white orchid.

The normal, white orchid.

The yellow looks painted on.

The yellow looks painted on.

 

 

 

 

 

These look like someone painted watercolors on a white orchid.

These look like someone painted watercolors on a white orchid.

These look like painted faces.

These look like painted faces.

The purple just pops.

The purple just pops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is some wonderful purple ones.

That is some wonderful purple ones.

Orchids in the light.

Orchids in the light.

I nicknamed these Phoenix Flowers. Find the bird!

I nicknamed these Phoenix Flowers. Find the bird!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So many colors on these.

So many colors on these.

A different colored lady slipper.

A different colored lady slipper.

Lady Slippers in purple.

Lady Slippers in purple.

 

 

 

 

 

Brown orchid patch.

Brown orchid patch.

These look like faeries riding bugs.

These look like faeries riding bugs.

Magenta ones, hidden below the lichen.

Magenta ones, hidden below the lichen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Very bright colors in the sunlight.

Very bright colors in the sunlight.

Close up of the stamen.

Close up of the stamen.

Look how the colors transition between the shadow and the light.

Look how the colors transition between the shadow and the light.

 

 

 

 

 

This one has a fuzzy stem.

This one has a fuzzy stem.

I love these purples.

I love these purples.

They grow in interesting patterns.

They grow in interesting patterns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A batch of several different colors.

A batch of several different colors.

Close up of the phoenix ones: looks like tiny birds.

Close up of the phoenix ones: looks like tiny birds.

Purple veining.

Purple veining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atop a waterfall.

Atop a waterfall.

This is such an interesting color.

This is such an interesting color.

A softer purple.

A softer purple.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking into one of the rooms.

Looking into one of the rooms.

Look at the petal texture.

Look at the petal texture.

This set up is gorgeous.

This set up is gorgeous.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking inside one.

Looking inside one.

Interesting symmetrical patterning.

Interesting symmetrical patterning.

This one looks so different.

This one looks so different.

 

 

 

 

 

My thumb to show the scale of these ones.

My thumb to show the scale of these ones.

Magenta speckling.

Magenta speckling.

A deep purple speckling.

A deep purple speckling.

 

 

 

 

 

Growing amidst the lichen.

Growing amidst the lichen.

Look at the colors on the petals, and the texture inside the lady slipper.

Look at the colors on the petals, and the texture inside the lady slipper.

A ruffled purple.

A ruffled purple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sun turns this purple bright.

The sun turns this purple bright.

A beautiful display.

A beautiful display.

Stripes!

Stripes!

 

 

 

 

So many colors!

So many colors!

 

 

 

 

Next week: Other flowers inside the Haupt Conservatory.

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New York Botanical in Monochrome

Took a trip up to the New York Botanical Gardens to see the Orchid exhibit. Before we dive into those shots, here are some images of the show and gardens when I went with the monochromatic approach.

Taking away color makes you look more at texture and petal shape.

Taking away color makes you look more at texture and petal shape.

A fountain surrounded by vines.

A fountain surrounded by vines.

Focus on the details.

Focus on the details.

Using the light to single out the flower.

Using the light to single out the flower.

Does your foot fit in here?

Does your foot fit in here?

A string of tiny orchids.

A string of tiny orchids.

Looks like faeries riding an insect.

Looks like faeries riding an insect.

Closeup of an orchid.

Closeup of an orchid.

Macro image of the orchid.

Macro image of the orchid.

Looks like birds on the petals.

Looks like birds on the petals.

Bringing out the speckles.

Bringing out the speckles.

More shoes.

More shoes.

Playing with shadow.

Playing with shadow.

Speckles and textures.

Speckles and textures.

Smoothness amidst the flowers.

Smoothness amidst the flowers.

Enjoying the cherry blossoms.

Enjoying the cherry blossoms.

The house on the river.

The house on the river.

Solo-ing out the blossoms.

Solo-ing out the blossoms.

Next week: The Orchid Show.

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Portfolio Part 5: Gardens and Flowers

This week I went up to the New York Botanical Gardens, but those images aren’t ready yet, so here are images I am thinking of using for portfolio ideas that center around gardens and flowers.

Cherry Blossoms creating a carpet.

Cherry Blossoms creating a carpet.

Flowers of brilliant colors.

Flowers of brilliant colors.

Waterfall in the Japanese Garden at Brooklyn Botanical.

Waterfall in the Japanese Garden at Brooklyn Botanical.

Snow and sunlight.

Snow and sunlight.

The Goldman Stone Mill in the New York Botanical Garden.

The Goldman Stone Mill in the New York Botanical Garden.

Japanese Garden.

Japanese Garden.

Lily pad reflection.

Lily pad reflection.

Next week: Either something from the NY Botanical Gardens or more of the portfolio ideas.

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A Walk to Bear Pond

I went up to the Adirondacks to visit family this past month. During it, I was told of a nearby waterfall to my parents cabin. So we took a five mile walk down the road (round trip) to Bear Pond and the attached waterfall. There are many Bear Ponds around the country, but this is the one in Athol, NY. It was a bright sunny day and we all got some nice exercise in. The road splits off and becomes a dirt road, so some interesting terrain with very few houses nearby.

Starting out with the barn across the street at the Maple Syrup farm.

Starting out with the barn across the street at the Adirondack Gold Maple Farm.

I kind of love this staircase leading up to the house.

I kind of love this staircase leading up to the house.

A barn beneath the trees.

A barn beneath the trees.

Arriving at Bear Pond.

Arriving at Bear Pond.

A bright sunny day at the pond.

A bright sunny day at the pond.

I liked this view with the tree.

I liked this view with the tree.

Walking around the pond.

Walking around the pond.

Our path along the pond was nicely covered.

Our path along the pond was nicely covered.

A stream right before the waterfall.

A stream right before the waterfall.

The waterfall.

The waterfall.

It stretches far up the hillside.

It stretches far up the hillside.

It wraps around many trees.

It wraps around many trees.

Pretty fast moving.

Pretty fast moving.

Yes, that is snow around the water.

Yes, that is snow around the water.

Light and smoothness.

Light and smoothness.

An illustration style image.

An illustration style image.

The full view of the waterfall from the path.

The full view of the waterfall from the path.

How has this tree not fallen?

How has this tree not fallen?

Playing with color.

Playing with color.

There is a beaver dam in the middle of Bear Pond.

There is a beaver dam in the middle of Bear Pond.

Next week: We’re taking a trip to NY Botanical, so if those are ready…

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