A Late Winter Walk

Path at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Path at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
– Henry David Thoreau

A few days before the official start of spring, I took a walk at one of my favorite places, the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The shadows were lovely, even though the trees are still bare. The crocus were in bloom – just barely – so spring is definitely on its way.

Crocus at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Crocus at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

The last time I shared pictures from the botanical gardens, it was still early fall (click here to see) and there was an abundance of colors all over. The day I took these photos did not have such. I still enjoyed being there, but had kept my expectations low as to what I would see.

The gazebo at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

The gazebo at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

When the leaves are down, I see things that are otherwise covered up. I made that observation years ago and it’s still true today.

Greenhouse from the side at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Greenhouse from the side at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Here’s another view of the greenhouse. I don’t normally stand this far back, but I loved the composition of the center of the greenhouse against the empty trees.

Front view of the greenhouse at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Front view of the greenhouse at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

I also don’t normally photograph the bridge from the gazebo (my gazebo shots are usually taken from the bridge though!), but once again, I liked how the light played with the shapes. Plus it was pretty empty, so I didn’t have to wait so long to get pictures without people in them.

Looking at the bridge at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Looking at the bridge at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

I’ve noticed when I walk the dogs around the neighborhood that the leaves are sounding like fall when they skitter across the blacktopped road. We have a lot of old oak trees around the homes here and they don’t drop their leaves until they’re nearly ready to start putting out new green ones. So everyday there’s more leaves on the grass, the cars, and skittering around in the wind.

Overlooking the pond at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

Overlooking the pond at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond, Virginia

I was cold. I didn’t wear a winter coat, but I was wearing a heavier hat and my fingerless gloves.

Self-portrait

Self-portrait

The greenhouse was its usual oasis of warmth and bright colors. I love going in there when it’s cold out! Years ago, a fellow blogger (Patti at A New Day Dawns) left me a comment that the greenhouse was like dessert after a cold day in the garden. I laughed then and I still laugh now at that, because that’s exactly what it reminds me each time I go in there when the garden has so little color. In fact, some of the pictures that I took in January 2012 had more color and foliage than I found in mid-March of 2015.

That statue had a little brown spider (most likely a wolf spider, nothing more) on its head. I didn’t realize it until I was nearly done shooting the picture and the spider moved! And yep, every one of my carefully composed pictures had that little spider on it. I did clone out of the final photo above. Still, wish I’d known it was there. I would have come back later to take the pictures.

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I enjoyed the beauty of the day. No, it’s not the over-the-top cacophony of colors that I see from April to October. But it was pretty, the fresh air was great, and I enjoyed finding new photos that I wouldn’t have probably taken when the trees were in full leaf. It was a good day.

30 thoughts on “A Late Winter Walk

  1. hello dogear6 its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow that luks like a grayt playse to tayk a peeseful walk!!! i espeshly like that duznt appeer to be verry krowded i mite not eeven hav to ware my giv me spayse vest their!!! i hope no wun in that glass howse throws stones!!! ha ha ok bye

    • There better not be any stones thrown at the greenhouse! That wouldn’t be very nice. It can get crowded there on the weekends, which is why I like to go early before people are up. Thanks for stopping by!

    • It was cold and the greenhouse was such a welcome relief. The pretty flowers just made it that much better. I think of that comment each time I go in there. The flowers are so gorgeous and it is a special visual treat to have that.

  2. Some lovely captures Nancy, and you’re right, the lack of foliage gives a much different view that when the gardens are in full bloom. Enjoy watching as spring develops!

    • Thanks Ellie! I’m glad you enjoyed them and let me know. I thought it was still very pretty, even without the lushness of the green and colors. I’m glad you did too!

  3. Beautiful pictures of one of my favorite places, Nancy! I love Lewis Ginter and have been there several times myself. I also enjoy taking winter walks through gardens, even though there isn’t much color. I still love the silhouettes of the bare trees and the clear crisp air. I’m sure it felt great to get out for a walk. :-)

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it and it gave you a break for a few minutes. It won’t look like that much longer – we’ve had a few warm days and can already see buds forming on the trees.

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