I kept straying from the tour because I was distracted by the plants. Wishing I had my big camera with me, I walked around the garden a few times. We’ve had so much rain this spring, and it’s been so gray. It was nice to saunter around a garden in the late afternoon sun. I took over 100 snapshots, trying to inhale all of spring in one day. Why can’t you photograph smell? I kept looping back to the woodsy areas to smell the earth and look at the fiddle heads. These shots don’t do the garden justice, but maybe they will entice you to visit the gardens yourself. You’ll want to buy Rob’s book of quality photos as a reminder of your visit.
Today was the first meeting-free day of the week, and my friend Michelle and I got outside for a few minutes to check in on spring. I know they’ve been out for a couple of weeks now, but this is the first time I’ve seen snowdrops and crocuses in person. We stretched right out on the Rodale walking trail to take these photos.
We saw this lone purple crocus taking in the sun. The sunlight was gorgeous, but the shadows were quite harsh. I forgot my diffusion screens today, but Michelle used her hooded sweatshirt to create shade.
This last shot is a TTV image. You create the image by taking a photo with one camera through the viewfinder of another camera. TTV is a fun way to reuse old waist-level viewfinder cameras. I found my Kodak Duaflex and a Starflex at thrift stores, and made a shooting tube to block light leaks. (You can find templates online.) Your images will be backwards, but you can flip them in a program like Photoshop and crop them to a square size. Over the years, my favorite TTV photos have been of retro architecture, but the weather was nice and the flowers were willing, and it was fun to play outdoors.
Hamamelis mollis ‘Princeton Gold’
3 photos of Hamamelis X intermedia ‘Rubin’
Hamamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’
Hamamelis X intermedia ‘Luna’
2 photos of Hamamelis vernalis ‘Christmas Cheer’
Hamamelis vernalis ‘Sandra’
The arboretum is a great place all year round—the paved paths give you a mud-free place to stretch your legs. After a season of dead-winter-tree blog photos, I was happy to look at this sign of spring. Armed with a map, sunscreen, and camera bag and bundled up in two sweaters, I set out to see all the witch hazel. I spent the whole day at the arboretum. The blossoms started to look surreal after awhile. Did you ever pronounce an everyday word, like “typewriter” or “Dorothy,” over and over again until it starts to sound strange? I kept looking at the little blossoms and they started to look like prehistoric muppet-y anemone animal creatures. On the fuller branches, they started to look like they were in hectic motion, a city of witch hazel. The blue sky and yellow and red flowers warmed the day right up (or maybe it was those two sweaters).
But wait, next week there’s more! It was a beautiful bright sunny day, and I ducked into the fernery while I waited for the light to soften. Come back next Thursday to see some gorgeous ferns and new growth. It’s springtime in the fernery!
The witch hazels are in bloom at the Morris Arboretum. I’ll have to edit my photos tomorrow or later in the week. In the meantime, here is another sign that it’s almost spring. And apologies to the kindly Arboretum walker who thought I’d collapsed on the pavement when I was stretched out photographing this little bloom. “THANK YOU for moving,” she said. Nancy and I think it is winter aconite (Eranthis).