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.
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Today was my wife’s birthday and we woke up to the most beautiful flower arrangement being delivered. It was from her friends in Michigan and it was a great start to her day. Seemed only appropriate to have a shot of it for my daily photo.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Overall, we had a great time and there were lots of good photo opportunities.
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!
Interior of the Conservatory
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.
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.
White and Pink
Water Droplet on Orchid
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.