Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

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

My favorite place is a frequent subject on this blog, Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, NY. As a child, I visited the gardens on a girl scout trip, fell in the mud and did not return for years. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I went to Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns — which takes place every October at Old Westbury Gardens — that I decided to finally return to the place in the spring to see what it was all about. After that first spring visit, I fell in love with Old Westbury Gardens and I go as many times as I possibly can to photograph when they reopen in spring, summer and until they close in the fall.

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

As many times as I go, there is always something new to photograph. Almost every month, a new variety of flower is growing in the Walled Garden, so something you see in April is gone by May. I also love trying out different angles to photograph some of my favorite spots to see how a new perspective changes things.

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

My favorite time to go is early in the morning, as soon as the gate is unlocked and the gardens are open. Most of the time, I have a good hour with the pathways to myself or I’m sharing with only one to two other photographers. If you ever find yourself in Old Westbury, NY, I highly recommend spending a day visiting the gardens. There is so much to see and it is the perfect place to spend a day walking around and relaxing.

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

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

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

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

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

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