Longwood Gardens: Year-End Tribute to the Alchemy of Nature and Human Nature

30 December 2012

Lens:

I. Alchemy of Lights Inside the Conservancy

1.Sphere, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

1. Sphere with Light, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

2. Close Up of Sphere with Light, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

2. Close Up of Sphere with Light, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

3.Backlit Wreath, iPhone 4s, Longwood Gardens, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

3. Backlit Wreath, iPhone 4s, Longwood Gardens, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

4.Close Up of Indoor Stars, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

4. Close Up of Indoor Stars, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

II. Some Flowers and Seasonal Decorations Found Inside the Conservatory

5. Poinsettias, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

5. Close Up of Poinsettia, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

5. White Lily, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

6. White Lily, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

7. Orchid, Orchid Room, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

7. Orchid, Orchid Room, Longwood Gardens, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

8. Holiday Table Set for 48 Guests, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

8. Holiday Table Set for 48 Guests, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

III. Outdoor Alchemy with Holiday Lighting

9. Fountain with Holiday Lights, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

9. Fountain with Holiday Lights, Longwood Gardens, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

10.Outdoor Lights, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

10. Outdoor Lights, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

11. Outdoor Lights, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

11. Outdoor Lights, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

12. Outdoor Lights, Nikon DSLR, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

12. Outdoor Lights, iPhone 4s, December 2012; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2012

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

When I created “Lens and Pens by Sally,” my goal was to share two of my passions: photography and writing. Within the Lens and the Pens sections parts of me would spill onto the pages.

In a year and a half much has been accomplished through my play with the Internet. Mostly, I am beholden for its ability to bring individuals of the same, similar and dissimilar interests into my life.

While I am building a community through WordPress, I have not ventured into other social media. Still my effort and time devoted to this blog continues to leave me flush with enthusiasm. This vitality comes from Followers, readers and the serendipitous who visit my posts. This community has blossomed and is becoming a fuller circle.

For me collaborations are arising. Learning abounds. Sharing becomes its own reward. And my cyber pen pals bring me inspiration and knowledge through their blogs that offer: reverence, endearment, play, glory, happiness, beauty, enrichment, awe, dialogue, contemplation, and …

Words are messengers of my inner world. Photographs are my own vision of the outer world. They bear my mind’s narrative. I am truly grateful that I get to bring them to you.

In the Lens section are photographs of a recent visit to Longwood Gardens. My grandchildren and I were primed to see the nighttime displays of indoor and outdoor seasonal lights. The only nanosecond of disappointment was the rain. And in truth it did not in any way distract from the grandeur of the late afternoon and evening visit.

Sparkling illuminations were barely visible upon our arrival. But within a half hour the transformation was epic.

Every star in the night sky reminds us of the alchemy of light. Humans took that magic and replicated its effects. And we have never stopped lighting our way to make the unknown known.

Longwood Gardens is an example of the human touch that sparks our delight and pleasure. This premier horticultural center blends with savvy nature and human nature. Their end-of-the-year holiday trimmings are spectacular: aromas, one-half-million lights, thousands of poinsettias and other holiday plants, floating and glittering trees, sparkling fountains–it’s simply a feast for the senses. For more, visit them here.

I send my heartfelt wishes to you that the New Year will create a bit of alchemy for your family, friends and you. Mostly, I am grateful for your presence in my day and year.  You make my life richer. Happy 2013.

Note: I welcome comments about this post or any part of this blog.

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22 Responses to Longwood Gardens: Year-End Tribute to the Alchemy of Nature and Human Nature

  1. Tina Schell says:

    I used to live outside Phila in Devon Pa. LOVED Longwood Gardens. Great job capturing it!

    • Longwood Gardens is definitely a national treasure. I’m so glad that you have experienced its splendor. If you still lived in Devon, we’d be almost neighbors. I’m southward in Delaware. Thanks.

  2. eof737 says:

    These are exquisite. 😉

  3. Good reflections, both of light and thought. Let’s see what balance of chemistry and alchemy 2013 brings.

  4. The World is My Cuttlefish says:

    Eerily beautiful trees. Like a svelte woman In a lame (haven’t got an accented e on my device) dress.

    • Thank you, I really enjoyed the delicacy of the lights that they used. Rather than loud and shouting illumination, it was subtle and tasteful. Your analogy is perfect. I wish that you have a joyous and peaceful 2013.

  5. Val says:

    My favourite is #6. Happy new year, Sally.

  6. 2012 brought a lot of beautiful suprises and images in the blogging world and your blog shines at the top of my list. You shared your passion for words and pictures in the most inspiring way. Thank you. Happy New Year and best wishes to you and your family.

    • I’m humbled by your comments. I feel the better for getting to know you this year–your spirit, your view of the world. It’s a pleasure, and 2013 will give us new opportunities to share our individual’s worlds with each other. Happy 2013 to your family and you.

  7. Geoff says:

    For me it’s #4. The tones and angularity, composition too 🙂
    Thanks for your wishes Sally … I wish you & yours all the very best for 2013

  8. Fossillady says:

    I really enjoyed your year end thoughts and reflection of your past year. It sounds like it was a real success for you. I also like to combine writing with photography and think your profile name “lens and pens ” is so very clever. Looking forward to the coming year here at wordpress and getting to know you and other bloggers! Happy 2013! Kathi

  9. I love the simplicity of photo 11.

  10. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    though I like them all..
    #10 draws me back…
    its as if the the moment is suspended..frozen
    but the branches in front of the blue lights won’t stay suspended
    they seem to reach out or maybe more they breathe?
    I do like this one …
    Thank you for sharing…
    Take Care…
    )0(
    ladyblue

  11. Longwood gardens looks wonderful through your lens! Thank you for these stunning photographs.
    Happy New Year to you and yours 🙂

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