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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Portfolio Part 4: Central Park Images

Continuing on with the portfolio images, we reach the Central Park stuff. I have several thousand images of the park, so narrowing it down is very challenging. Here are a scant few that are my favorites and always come out as nice prints for homes and work spaces.

Park Dreams - summer is a good time to get a nice silhouette by Bethesda Terrace.

Park Dreams – summer is a good time to get a nice silhouette by Bethesda Terrace.

The Gapstow Bridge covered in snow.

The Gapstow Bridge covered in snow.

The Gapstow as the sun rises in the morning - with some tint processing.

The Gapstow as the sun rises in the morning – with some tint processing.

A gazebo in the southeast section of the park, just north of the zoo. I love the play of greens and blues in this.

A gazebo in the southeast section of the park, just north of the zoo. I love the play of greens and blues in this.

A reflection on the Reservoir.

A reflection on the Reservoir.

The sun shines through the Bethesda Fountain Angel.

The sun shines through the Bethesda Fountain Angel.

Cherry blossoms line the east side of the Reservoir.

Cherry blossoms line the east side of the Reservoir.

The Secret Garden statue in the Conservancy Garden.

The Secret Garden statue in the Conservancy Garden.

Next week: Either more of this exploration or a surprise.

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Portfolio, part 3: Black & White Imagery

Looking through some of the MASSIVE pile of black and white photos I have, here are some of the highlights (although I’m sure I will add more from recent shoots … because that’s what typically happens). Take a look!

Whatcha doin'?

Whatcha doin’?

Spooky Obelisk.

Spooky Obelisk.

Narnia in the woods.

Narnia in the woods.

Garden staircase.

Garden staircase.

Footprints in the snow.

Footprints in the snow.

Reading in the park.

Reading in the park.

A break at the subway.

A break at the subway.

Steam above the clock.

Steam above the clock.

Next week: I’ll be out of town, but if I find time, we will continue this series.

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The Titanosaur in the AMNH

Took a quick day trip to see the new Titanosaur at the American Museum of Natural History. The Titanosaur is a new exhibit (established in January 2016) that is part of the general admission of the museum. It is placed in the room that used to house a replica of an adolescent Barosaurus on the fourth floor. It is 122 feet long and stretches out the entranceway and into the hallway by the stairs. It is a very dark room, so some of the images are tough to discern, but I will do my best in the descriptions.

Walking in from the T-Rex room, you are greeted with this image.

Walking in from the T-Rex room, you are greeted with this image.

The full length - tip of tail at the top, head out the doorway.

The full length – tip of tail at the top, head out the doorway.

The same image but in b&w.

The same image but in b&w.

The head is outside the room.

The head is outside the room.

Looking through the front legs.

Looking through the front legs.

A look at the ribs and hip.

A look at the ribs and hip.

The rear right foot.

The rear right foot.

The front legs and chest.

The front legs and chest.

The head peeks out the doorway.

The head peeks out the doorway.

The ribs and joints.

The ribs and joints.

Close up on the skull.

Close up on the skull.

Looking around.

Looking around.

It's missing some teeth in the front.

It’s missing some teeth in the front.

Lots of patience to get this image without a crowd of people taking pictures.

Lots of patience to get this image without a crowd of people taking pictures.

It's really tall.

It’s really tall.

Next week: Some more of the portfolio as I try to get some other travels in.

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