In the Wild

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

You never know what or who you will stumble upon when out exploring for photography. The other day when I was dodging the sprinklers at Clark Botanic Garden to get some shots of the last remaining peonies of the season, I was joined by this adorable rabbit. I’ve heard that there are some rabbits that frequent Clark, but I had never been lucky enough to see them while I’ve been there.

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

Full disclosure, I hate birds. They creep me out and I usually avoid photographing them because I do not like being that close to them. When I was leaving the garden this bird flew over to the bird bath to grab a quick drink and for some odd reason, I was intrigued enough to snap a photo.

North Fork Fresh

Peonies at Briermere Farms in Riverhead, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

One of my favorite places is the North Fork of Long Island. If I wouldn’t be stuck with an almost two hour commute to work everyday, I would easily move out there in a second. The next best thing to living out there is driving out on the weekends for a visit,¬†especially in the spring and summer when there is so much to do and see.

A visit to the North Fork is not complete without a stop at my favorite farm, Briermere Farms in RIverhead. They always have the most beautiful flowers for sale, delicious fruit and the best pies you can buy on Long Island. No matter the size of the line, it is worth it for a slice of their apple crisp. I think every photo I have of the sunflowers out east are from one of my many visits to Briermere and this weekend when I went it was too early for the sunflowers but they had the prettiest just cut peonies for sale. I could not resist buying a bunch and photographing them. They smell as good as they look, my place smells like heaven right now thanks to the peonies!

Strawberries at Briermere Farms in Riverhead, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

It is also strawberry season on Long Island and the strawberries above from Briermere may have been some of the best strawberries I have ever had!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Turtles at Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.
You can visit a place so many times with the hopes of catching something to photograph and never see it. Then, when you least expect it, the subject you keep missing shows up!

In the many times that I have visited Clark Botanic Gardens and wandered back and forth around the pond that sits on the property in hopes of seeing some turtles I was told live in the pond, I had no luck finding them. Then, a few weeks ago on the lookout for bleeding hearts to photograph, I found myself walking the path I normally do, around the pond to get to where the bleeding hearts usually are and sure enough two turtles were just hanging out on one of the pond’s elevated features. I basically gave up on ever photographing the turtles there, but these two friends decided to bask in the sunlight of the day.

After the Rain

Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

May was a gray and rain-filled month, but the one perk of dodging downpours in capturing the flowers after the rain, like with the camellias at Planting Field Arboretum. In the winter, I visit the camellia greenhouse at Planting Fields when I’m going through flower withdrawal, completely unaware that in the spring there are so many camellia bushes and trees in bloom around the property.

Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

With the camellias outdoors, the greenhouse is practically empty of flowers with the exception of a few floating in the fountain, which has become the infamous photo to post on Instagram when you visit Planting Fields.

Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.

Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman. Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman. Camellia at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo by Alyson Goodman.