08 August 2013
Let me know which is your favorite and why.
Not a gray tone in sight–the morning was perfectly illuminated for my visit to Longwood Gardens, which is one of the premier horticultural centers in my country. I’m fortunate that I can be strolling in its well-manicured gardens within less than an hour’s drive from my home.
As I entered the gardens, the sun broadly cast its spell across my pathway. Plants were perky and receptive to the glow. The sun seemed to stitch my way with love.
As scores of butterflies flitted here and there, Longwood’s staff was cutting and trimming. Flowers were tended with care and tenderness. It’s the best chain gang one can imagine. For my first post about this respite, click here.
Longwood Gardens offers so much that it is always memorable. I’ve taken courses and been privy to behind-the-scenes surprises. Never have I been disappointed. There is always some tiny or mammoth moment of engagement–informational, philosophical, spiritual, and visual.
Knowledge in one form or another is ever-present. But it is the chance for relaxation and quietude that is another pull for me.
More than any aspect of the experience is that tranquilizing effect. I walk away with more than I had upon arrival. I am enriched in most senses of the word.
In the Lens section are my photographs that exemplify the morning’s themes: color, contrast, lighting, shadow, shape, tone–oh, the usual. During this visit the duo of light and shadow had my cup overflowing.
With assistance of the Gardens’ staff nature showed that she continues to provide the new. That combination of Mother Nature and human nature also delivered inventive interpretations of what we think that we have seen, but have not. It’s startling to be awed over and over and over and over.
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog. To view Part One from my last week’s visit to the gardens, click here. While Longwood Gardens draws most of its visitors for its horticultural splendor on its grounds and special exhibitions in its Conservancy, other programs are also attention-getting (e.g., daytime and nighttime fountain shows). They have a substantial educational component, and their performing arts programs are stellar. This year’s series is bubbling over with a tribute to “100 Years of Art” at Longwood Gardens. From their brochure: ” Our founder Pierre S. duPont believed in the idea of The Garden as Theatre–and we continue his vision today by presenting spectacular jazz, organ, classical, and world music performances.” Oh, do try to visit this place of wonder.
WOW!!! WHAT BEAUTIES YOU HAVE CAPTURED!!!! Thank you!
Thank you so much.
A beautiful, fresh Summer morning to wake up to. The colors of the leaves just vibrant, reflecting the Sun’s warmth and joy. Have a great weekend.
Thank you, and you enjoy yours as well.
That last photo is striking!
I love number 4 and especially five! Beautiful pictures!
Thanks so much.
I especially like the colorful Canna leaves. You have helped me look at leaves in a new way!
That’s lovely. Thanks.
Very dreamlike and beautiful garden pictures. My favourite is probably Longwood Hybrid Cannas, it has a very dynamic and strong composition along with those lovely colours you have captured. But I also really like the two black and white images.
Otto, thanks and so glad that you are back.
I like the final photo best as it encourages your eye to keep moving around the shot.
Malc, I know that you explore gardens where you live. Wish that you could visit Longwood, it is amazing. Thanks.
All images are beautiful but I like the first one very much and the fourth one 🙂
I also come away feeling enriched after reading your posts on Longwood. For me, the tranquilizing effect of your visits is most evident in your second photo of the Bench and Shadows
I found that spot and stayed as people came and went. It was removed from the gardens, and gave me a moment of pause to contemplate the joy of being there. Thanks.
the last picture, beautiful colours and contrast 🙂
The elephants ear is really special, Sally, the light and color are fabulous.
Elisa, thank you so much.
Oh, like them all so much…but the last one has my heart!
Thanks for the comment and the visit.
Our beautiful flowers !
Thank you so much.
Oh the last picture steals the show my friend!!
Love the soft focus bench shot!
Thanks so much.
Elephant’s Ear: reminds me of aerial photographs taken by a woman whose name now escapes me. The intensity of color and texture in your photo is so inviting. Marvelous.
I’m humbled. Thank you.