A Late Winter Walk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was cold. I didn’t wear a winter coat, but I was wearing a heavier hat and my fingerless gloves.
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.
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.
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I enjoyed the post and its high quality photos. They are lovely!
Thank you. I was likewise very impressed with your photography, so that is a very nice compliment you’ve given me.
Absolutely gorgeous!… I love this post…All the best to you. Aquileana :)
I’m glad you enjoyed it and the best to you also.
I know you posted a new piece, but I haven’t made it over to read it yet. I hope to do so this weekend.
No rushes at all… You know I post twice a month so… you have plenty of time to catch up! … Have a great night ! Aquileana D
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 a beautiful walk, Nancy. Thank you. :)
You’re welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
I’m glad you still think of that comment! I just remember how cold it was that night touring the Christmas lights.
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.
Beautiful pictures Nancy! The color will be back fully soon, even without much post processing. Loved the self portrait!
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 Tina. And I will enjoy watching it develop. For the next month or so, it’ll be something new each time I go.
I love your photos! How beautiful! Ellie
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!
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.
Self portrait: love it!
I can never get my blues to look so blue or my colors to be so crisp!
I’m glad you liked the self portrait (and thanks for letting me know too).
Remember that part of why it’s so crisp and colorful is because I’m post processing them. If I just left them in raw, they’d be pretty blah. I get a lot of comments about enjoying all the colors (and I do too) so I do punch everything up a bit.
You have great eyes and skills for this picture taking stuff. ;)
Thanks Colleen! It’s funny too, because my husband looks at it and says ick. I look at it and say wow, look at the possibilities. He admits that it looks much better than he expected, but he doesn’t see the potential for the beauty the same way that I do.
I think it’s more than the eye that sees it, it’s the imagination and the emotion. :) And you don’t see just what is….
Thanks for the compliment!
You’re welcome. :)
I love these pictures. They make me feel peaceful and full of promise. The bridge picture especially. Happy Spring!!
I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know. Happy Spring back to you also!!
I LOVED WALKING BESIDE YOU THRU THE GARDEN…ENJOYED YOUR COMMENTS ALSO..