And these moments are why we we came…all 3,300 miles round trip…to see and drive through the Cape Breton Highlands and capture these views. I have never had a trip exceed my expectations as much as this drive. The wow factor was in full effect – rich colors and stunning surroundings; I want to return and experience it again.
I found this pretty plant along the High Point trail just above Altamont. Sometimes known as Dolls’ Eyes, White Baneberry is extremely poisonous! Not just the berries, but the entire plant. Good to know…
Instead of a day in Manhattan, we decided to venture to Brooklyn for something new and different. The Brooklyn Botanical Garden is an oasis in the middle of the city, with peaceful paths, lush green foliage, and more than its share of colorful blooms.
Poppies immediately brought to mind The Wizard of Oz and their magic power over Dorothy. As a rule, I thought they were always red and orange in color. This purple and white variety caught my eye, especially with its distinct green center.
I don’t think we could have found a nicer day for a visit to the Berkshire Botanical Garden. I enjoyed viewing the gardens from all angles. While competing with the bees for a spot close to the flowers, I was able to capture both the colorful blossoms and the brilliant blue sky in the same shot.
I have posted yellow roses before, but I liked this twin-head capture. The roses aren’t identical, but complement each other nicely.
For the past 2 years, I have ventured to Yaddo in Saratoga Springs in June to capture photos in the beautiful rose garden. This past weekend I was reminded there is a rose garden in Schenectady’s Central Park, much closer to home! I went in the late afternoon, hoping the harsh light of a sunny day would be under control. The colors were marvelous, although many blossoms were past their prime. As I hunted around, I found some lovely samples for this year’s rose photos.