A Nature Bath


“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.” 

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

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Seeing Red

 

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Tulip and Bee

 

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Clivia Bloom

 

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Prickly Pear Cactus Blooming

 

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Camelia

 

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Fern Unfurling

 

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Worker Bee

 

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Reaching

 

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Fern Rows

 

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Calla and Bee

 

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Rosebud

 

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Cherries and Maples

 

I made these images at Descanso Gardens, a 150-acre botanical garden in La Cañada Flintridge, California.

 

 

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198 comments

  1. Wonderful detailed shots, Jane. I loved reading ‘The Secret Garden’. One of my favourite books as a child.

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  2. Wow! There is a lot of beauty here!

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  3. Gorgeous spring collection! I especially like the last image for the texture, pattern and lacy quality.

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  4. Beautiful photos! Really inspiring!

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  5. A beautiful post, the photos are colourful and show the true beauty of nature. So close up its amazing and they are very clear to bring everyone into the moment of the lovely spring which is cheerful and brings joy. Thank you

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  6. They’re beautiful, wow I liked the.

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  7. Wow, Jane. These are some jaw dropping shots. Really love all the vibrant colours in each of them. The last one is my favourite – I like how there are a mish mash of colours yet the scene comes across as so delicate. Brilliant work. Hope you are doing well 🙂

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    • Hi Mabel, So nice to hear from you, thanks very much. It was a welcome escape to photograph in this beautiful public garden. Happy you enjoyed. We are starting to feel some freedom and I do hope you are doing well, too. Your country was in much better shape than ours but hopefully we are recovering now. 🙂

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  8. These pictures are so soothing to see.

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  9. Wah! These photos are so beautiful 🌸

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  10. Oh wow, these are amazing photos! I see why Sarah loves your blog! So beautiful! The bee photos are my favorite. They are amazing!!

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  11. Every single image here is a pure salute to the awe of life in all its forms, and a perfect celebration of spring. Loved the bright colors, bee shots, cactus beauty, and all the different shapes of flowers. That first one with the tulips and the light streaming through them brought my hand to my heart in appreciation. Thanks for sharing your sacred moments in Descanso Gardens, Jane.

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  12. Oh, what fun, Jane…The Secret Garden was a favorite childhood book. I think it contributed to my interest in seeking out “hidden gems” – not just gardens but anything off the beaten path. The gems here aren’t hidden and that’s a good thing. 😉 I love that fiddlehead (like you said, “of course!”) and the fern, a great study in abstraction in nature. All the insects are wonderful especially the bee on the Calla lily – wow! Everything is shot through with sparkling bokeh and brilliant California light – clear, warm, and happy. Fits the season!

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  13. Nature is so pretty! We’ve no idea literally! There’s so much left to explore!

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  14. Hi Jane Lurie, You have such a lovely site. I am linking to this post for a interview article with Toonsarah as she said you are a blogger that has influenced her. I can see why. 🙂

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  15. wawwww beautiful I love it

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  16. Wonderful floral collection, Jane. A few days early, although I am seeing it today, but a fine Earth Day reminder that we are surrounded by beauty but need to be good stewards to keep it happening.

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  17. It’s so amazing😍

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  18. hi jane wonderful nature pictures that you shows us.
    many greetings robert

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  19. Incredible photos, Thanks for sharing this post!

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  20. They are all absolutely stunning pics Jane. Nature has given us do much beauty and sometimes we just forget to appreciate them. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  21. Wow.. Beautiful Jane..💞

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  22. Beautiful! I’m so glad spring is here. I especially like the calla and bee.
    Alison

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  23. It’s nice to be seeing red differently! Particularly liked the fern rows, appeals to my contradictory(?) need for a sense of order and immersion in nature. Thanks, Jane!

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  24. Beautiful flowers, Jane. I particularly love the Clivia. I’m in the process of trying to post flowers captured today in Hawaii, but my internet isn’t cooperating.

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  25. These pictures are just what I needed to brighten up my Monday morning!

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  26. Thank you for your work Jane. Exquisite craftsmanship on your part and the Creator’s.

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  27. Beautifully impressive – plus there is something very calming in your collection. The ferns captured my attention. Love the rosebud. Thanks for sharing, Jane and I hope all is well with you.

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    • How nice to read, Frank. Feels quite satisfying if I can bring some beauty and calm to you. Glad you like the ferns and rosebud in particular. Thanks very much. 🌿🌹Feeling relief and a small sense of freedom – hope you the same.

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  28. All wonderful. I particularly like the Reaching and Fern Rows shots.

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  29. Such beautiful pictures, Jane. I especially like the last one showing cherry trees and maples. Lovely colors!

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  30. Loved it! I love the secret garden anyway! Take pics at Longwood too, it’s gorgeous

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  31. exquisite photos especially the bee!

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  32. These are beautiful, Jane. 😍

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  33. Wonderful images as usual! I especially like the fern rows. I see these in my yard but never seem to find just the right perspective. You certainly did!

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  34. lovely presentation of nature’s beauty

    ✨🙏🕉🌱🌿🌳🌻💚🕊☯🐉✨

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  35. Beautiful pictures, Jane. The Prickly Pear really does it for me – almost otherworldly, could be Martian! And I also very much like Clivia Bloom, very striking and wonderful dark backdrop; and Fern Rows too. 🙂

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  36. Nature has always been a treat to watch at and these pictures infused in me loads of optimism.. So thank you for that Jane…

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  37. This is what they call great macro photography !

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  38. Jane, these are just delightful images, especially with the visits of the bees, I know how challenging it can be ( LOL Bee) to capture them while they are moving so fast..
    I love the Descanso Gardens, it’s such a mesmerizing place. Have a wonderful Sunday and a creative week.

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  39. Colorful, richly textured images!

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  40. Beautiful shots. The fern rows are impressive. April and the awakening of so many flowers and plants is my favourite time of the year.

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  41. Recently, I’ve taken over the responsibility of caring for the flowers at one of my schools. Your pictures reminded how nice it would be to just completely deck out the grounds in greenery. Thank you for sharing!

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  42. What a lovely post….felt like those buds were talking to me!

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  43. Such beautiful shots, Jane! I found ‘Fern Rows’ particularly fascinating… such efficient use of sunlight! 🙂

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    • Thank you, Eliza. I think of you when I am wandering, knowing that you’d be able to identify all of what I’m photographing. Thankfully, the gardens do a great job with signage…it’s my memory that’s suspect.
      Great point about the efficiency of the fern. I just love them.

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  44. The colours pop, Jane, none more so than that first 🙂 🙂 Beautiful!

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  45. Love the abstraction of Cherries and Maples. Fern Unfurling is amazing.

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  46. Nice to see nature – Alive ! eco

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  47. Beautiful!

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  48. Your photos always remind me of what I miss by being in a hurry to move on to the next thing. Thank you!

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    • Hi Carol, How nice to hear from you. And I love that reminder. My favorite quote from Berenice Abbott fits your thought- “Photography helps people to see.” And slow down. Thank you very much and I hope you and Ron are doing well.

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  49. I shared these fascinating spring images with my wife. She too was very much impressed.

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  50. Absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing them. John

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  51. Wonderful series of spring flowers, Jane! How could anyone not get cheerful after looking these gorgeous images. Thanks!

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  52. Those well-framed rows of fern leaflets grabbed my attention. The last picture almost looks like you applied a special effect in software, but I believe it’s a straight photo.

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    • Thank you, Steve. Glad you enjoyed the ferns- that composition really struck me. You’re correct, that’s a straight photo with regard to any special effects or filters, just some editing for exposure, highlights, etc. I just love the contrast of the two types of trees.

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  53. Hi Jane,

    A Nature Bath was one of my favorites ever. Middleton Place has been gorgeous here and I have been there three times in 2 weeks, but nothing comes close to these gorgeous tulips. They remind me of Longwood Gardens near our Delaware house. I have been watching presentations by Kathleen Clemons and they are good when it comes to flower photography, but you are better! 🤩

    Warm regards,

    Shauneen

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    • Hi Shauneen, How lovely to read, thanks very much. The gardens in various cities are wonderful nature escapes. I will look up Kathleen Clemons work. I so appreciate you taking a moment to share your thoughts.🤗

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  54. Jane, I have emailed a link to your post to over 50 relatives/friends. Thanks so much, my friend!

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  55. Your gorgeous close photos , Jane , highlight the beauties of Nature. Soon you will amaze us with photos taken with a microscope . The views of the microworld are also amazing;
    Love ❤
    Michel

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  56. Jane, your photography is marvelous.

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  57. Gorgeous images Jane 👍🏻

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  58. Coloured. Bright. Optimistic. Beautyful!

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