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.

Wanderlust: The Saguaro in Palm Springs

The Saguaro in Palm Springs is a color-lovers dream hotel! Bright colors of pink, purple, orange, yellow and more cover almost every surface of the boutique hotel. The architects of the hotel say that they drew inspiration from the hues of native desert wildflowers to give the hotel it’s vibrant look.

Rooms are inspired by Mexican art and each room features Mexican hand-crafted furniture. The hotel features work by local artists on rotating art installations.

Palm Springs had not been on my bucket list of places to visit, but after seeing this hotel, I’ve quickly added it to the list. Look at that view from the pool, incredibly breathtaking! There is also another colorful Saguaro hotel located in Scottsdale, Arizona. That one has also been added to the travel list.

For more information on the hotel, visit thesaguaro.com.

Photos courtesy The Saguaro

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!

Pretty in Pink Peonies

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

As quickly as it came, peony season is over. I love how dramatic and pretty peonies are. I will go to great lengths to photograph them, especially dodging a sprinkler that clearly had it out for me at Clark Botanic Garden. Just when I thought I had the pattern figured out and would run over to the peonies to snap a few shots the sprinkler would pelt me with a harsh spray of water. Thankfully, it was rather warm out so the water was welcomed and it was worth it to get photos with water droplets on the petals!

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

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