Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

As quickly as the cherry blossoms bloom, they disappear which is upsetting since they are so pretty. One of my favorite spots to photograph cherry blossoms is at the Nassau County Museum of Art which I frequent often since I work across the street. The other day when I visited to see if the magnolia trees had bloomed yet, it was sad to see all the cherry trees bare when a few days ago the blossoms were a sight to see.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn, New York. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Clark Botanic Gardens in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

There is something about benches mixed in among the trees and bushes at gardens and parks that I just love. I feel like I could just sit on that bench all day with a good book, a cup of ice coffee and just read and listen to the sounds all around. Happy Earth Day, go enjoy nature!

Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

It’s a shame that cherry blossom season does not last long, because the trees are so pretty when they are in bloom. There are two gardens near my job that have an abundance of cherry trees so for the past month I’ve been making visits to see if any flowers had started to bloom. Basically overnight the other day, the cherry trees at Clark Botanic Gardens went from barely any buds to almost at full bloom. The weather was absolutely perfect this past week to spend way too much time taking pictures of the cherry blossoms!

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Cherry blossoms at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise

Allium at Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

One of my favorite parts of photography is the editing process since you sometimes discover things you didn’t realize were in the shot. Little details may not always show up in the viewfinder, like the surprise in this photo, a lady bug just hanging out on the left side of the allium. It wasn’t until I got home and opened my photos in Photoshop that I noticed the lady bug, and it just made me love the photo even more!

Just Peep It

I may not celebrate Easter, but there is one Easter tradition I love, The Washington Post’s Peeps Diorama Contest. Unfortunately, last year which was the tenth anniversary of the contest, was also the last where participants were asked to create a scene from current events, history and pop culture with one catch, all the characters in the scene needed to be played by Peeps. Due to a decline in entries, The Washington Post chose to end the diorama contest which has started up at other newspapers and organizations around the country.

Even though my favorite Easter tradition has ended, here are some of the dioramas I loved from last year’s content. Photos from all of the 2016 finalists can be found here.

Photos courtesy of The Washington Post.