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Day 153 – Butterfly Hanging On

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we took a lovely trip down to the DC area to visit some old friends. While we were there, we had the chance to go out and visit Brookside Gardens and visit their Butterfly House. It was amazing — butterflies everywhere!

This little guy was hanging on with one leg to a flower petal.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/640 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 100 | zoom in
Hanging On
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Queen Anne’s Lace

In looking through some of the photos I’ve taken in the past few months, I found this nice photo of a Queen Anne’s Lace flower.  It’s nothing spectacular, but for some reason, the angle makes it visually interesting to me.

NIKON D200 @ 230mm — ¹/160 sec, ƒ/5.3, ISO 100 | zoom in

The best part of the whole thing was that I took it when I was out for an evening walk with my wife.  Sometimes, the simple and easy things produce the best photos!

And while I really like the photo, I decided to look up Queen Anne’s Lace on the interent and I found that the domestic carrot is actually a cultivar of this plant!  Perhaps I should explain.  Every time I get out the string trimmer and try to cut down the plants near the fence line on my property, I slice through a bunch of these.  And I always thought they smelled familiar but could never place it.  Now I realize that it’s carrot I smell.

So anyway, hope you all enjoy the photo and please excuse my ramblings on wild carrots!

Longwood Gardens Part 2

As I talked about in an entry a couple days ago, our visit to Longwood Gardens was most enjoyable. I ran out of steam that night so I didn’t post as many photos as I had wanted.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/500 sec, ƒ/2.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
Beautiful Colors
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/500 sec, ƒ/4.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
Red and Yellow

As beautiful as the conservatory was, I really want to go back in the summer. Some of the outdoor paths, though a bit bleak this early in the year, looked like they would be beautiful.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/100 sec, ƒ/8, ISO 100 | zoom in
Outdoor Path
NIKON D50 @ 31mm — ¹/200 sec, ƒ/7.1, ISO 200 | zoom in
Bush Sculptures

Overall, we had a great time and there were lots of good photo opportunities.

Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania

Back in March of this year, we took a trip down to Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square PA. This garden is over 1,050 acres and contains over 11,000 different varieties of plants — a staggering figure! While it was a bit cold to walk around the outdoor gardens, we visited a enormous orchid display in the Conservatory on site. The Conservatory is a mere 4.5 acres — small compared to the rest of the gardens, but still worthy of an entire afternoon of wandering and photographing!

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/90 sec, ƒ/6.3, ISO 100 | zoom in
Interior of the Conservatory
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/40 sec, ƒ/8, ISO 100 | zoom in
Indoor Trees and More Lawn

These were taken just inside one of the entrances (the main entrance I believe) and I was truly impressed with the well manicured lawn — indoors!

Since this was an orchid display, the better part of the conservatory was filled with hundreds of different varieties of orchid. I have no idea how they switch from the orchid display to their next headline display. Perhaps it just follows the seasons. Regardless, some of these flowers were truly amazing!

I had just acquired the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 prime lens at the time and I was spending a good deal of my efforts experimenting with the very shallow depth of field.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/1250 sec, ƒ/1.6, ISO 100 | zoom in
Unknown Orchid

I’m really kicking myself for not being more dillagent writing down names for all these plants. I got so caught up in taking the photos, I just never thought about it.

NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/640 sec, ƒ/1.8, ISO 100 | zoom in
White and Pink
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/60 sec, ƒ/2.5, ISO 100 | zoom in
Water Droplet on Orchid
NIKON D200 @ 50mm — ¹/1250 sec, ƒ/2.8, ISO 100 | zoom in
Bright Orange

While the orange looks almost too bright, I’m really not exaggerating the colors — they were that vivid in person too! In fact, after a whole day of walking around inside, leaving to the somewhat somber march landscape seemed almost drab in comparison.

Unfortunately, being that this was one of my first tries at using the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, many of the photos are either shot with too large an aperture or simply not all that they could have been. However, I still think I got a pretty good selection — in fact, this is only the first chunk of the images I took that day. I’ll probably have to write a part 2 with more images.