Weekly Photo Challenge: Textures

Sea shells in Long Beach, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

No trip to the beach to me is complete without coming home with at least one sea shell. Usually in my case, it is at least 15 or more to add to my ever growing collection. When you find ones that are not broken, it is so hard not to bring them all home.

With the weekly photo challenge being textures, I wanted to share a photo from an impromptu photo shoot at the beach I had to have with some sea shells I collected. With the placement of the sand on the black sea shell, I couldn’t resist snapping some photos as soon as I collected the shells. There is such a mix of textures in the photo, you have the smoothness from some of the shells, some have some raised bumps and lines, plus the sand on it’s own is rough, but when it is in a group it is smooth.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction

Dahlia at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

In my travels over the years capturing nature with my camera, I would often get shots of a bee, lady bug or ant on a flower, but a butterfly was something I was never lucky enough to capture. It wasn’t until one day on my many trips to Eisenhower Park that I was finally able to photograph a butterfly on a dahlia. As quick as it landed it was gone and I was able to get three shots in before it left, but the satisfaction I got felt monumental and I was able to cross the item off my photography bucket list. Since capturing this butterfly, I have had two more encounters and I cherish each one I get.

Straight from the Farm

Where I work is a CSA pick-up location for a farm in Riverhead and every week the produce and flowers for the week are dropped off. In order to get to my desk, I have to pass by where they store everything so I always love to take a peek and see what people are getting.

Photo by Alyson Goodman

Sunflowers have been the flower takeaway for the past two weeks and I’m rather jealous of everyone who signed up that they get to take these beauties home!

Photo by Alyson Goodman

The blueberries and Rainier cherries — which are my favorite variety — also looked so good that I may be tempted to sign up for the CSA next year!

Photo by Alyson Goodman

Weekly Photo Challenge: Collage

Old Westbury Gardens, photo by Alyson Goodman

Every week I contemplate a visit to Old Westbury Gardens on the weekends and it has either been raining, way too hot or I’ve been busy. Shockingly, I have not been yet this year since the gates opened in April, I’ve been visiting some other gardens in the interim, but I am making it a point to get there in the next few weeks since the dahlias should be on display. The evening hours have also been extended during the weekday so I’m thinking a dusk visit to the gardens might make for some great photographs.

Since I haven’t paid a visit yet, I’ve been looking through some of my photos from last year because I love to capture the gardens at different times so I can always discover a new flower that I had not photographed the year before. With the theme for the weekly photo challenge being collage, I wanted to share this photo of different varieties of primroses mixed in with other flowers and trees along my favorite brick walkway, the primrose path.

Summer Roses

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

A couple of years ago on a whim, I decided to check out Clark Botanic Garden, a place I had heard existed, but knew nothing about. You can drive right past the garden and have no clue what sits behind the tree lined fence. I figured since there isn’t an admission or parking fee like most of the other gardens on Long Island, if there was nothing to see than I could just head back on the road to Old Westbury Gardens.

That gamble turned into one of my favorite places to do flower photography at. From cherry blossoms to rows after rows of tulips in the spring to sunflowers and rose garden filled with so many different varieties in the summer, some of my favorite pictures have come from Clark. Now, I work within a five minute drive from the garden so when the weather is nice, I always find the perfect excuse to take my lunch break outside and explore.

The first round of roses in the rose garden are in full bloom and I had the whole garden to myself the other day to photograph the flowers!