Everything that’s lovely is
But a brief, dreamy kind of delight.
― W.B. Yeats, Poems
I like the things around me to be beautiful and
slightly dreamy, with a feeling of worldliness.
― Alice Temperley
This week’s photo challenge is “dreamy”, which Wikitionary defines as “having a pleasant or romantic atmosphere”.
The Lewis Ginter Botanical gardens in Richmond, Virginia are both pleasant and romantic. Weddings happen nearly every weekend for brides who want a romantic venue. For me, it’s a reminder of the beauty of nature (albeit, a groomed nature) as I walk the paths, see what’s new every few weeks, and simply relax.
It nurtures my creativity to go frequently to the botanical gardens. I have my favorite places to look for pictures. I also spend time trying to find something new to photograph, even if just a different angle to what I normally record with my camera. New places are a lot of fun – everything is exciting! But the tried and true is also good and it encourages me to be a more creative photographer to photograph with passion and not get ho-hum about being there.
The above picture was developed using Topaz Labs Black and White Filters, with a white vignette and frame around the edges. I like the ethereal feel it gives to my favorite greenhouse. The sky that day was overcast and as you can see in the original below, the clouds barely have a discernible shape to them. I have many beautiful pictures of the greenhouse, so I didn’t want to spend hours trying to improve this.
If you go to the bottom of this post, you’ll see the greenhouse several years ago on a sunny day with big puffy white clouds. You can tell by the plants around the water that picture was taken in a different year.
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