Garden Wonders


“Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast…”

~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Purple Delight

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Lily Pad Reflections

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Thorns, Silk Floss Tree

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Hot Stuff

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Heads Up

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Cactus Blooms

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Pretty In Pink

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

I Always Promised You

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Bamboo Leaves Fallen

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Cactus Patterns

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Cactus Flower Refuge

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Cactus World

 

Garden, Nature, Huntington Garden, California, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Flowers, Cactus, Trees

Thank You

 

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153 comments

  1. Beautiful photography. Well done

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  2. A stunning garden collection! Love the water stripes in ‘Lily Pad Reflections’ … it makes it different. ‘Head Up’ is a fun title if you think of the round cacti that way. I like the depth of field and what you included in ‘I Always Promised You’.

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    • Thank you, Denise. Love reading your thoughts. I liked the under reflections in the lily pad shot, too, which sets it apart from others I’ve shot. Happy you noticed. I am becoming obsessed with the cactus garden at the Huntington Gardens. When it cools off, I’m heading back. You would enjoy it.

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  3. Just magnificent …. All of the photos!

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  4. I agreed with you that whole world is a Garden but human beings don’t pay attention to play their active role. They are not looking after their Garden properly.

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  5. Beautiful shots…… Great work!
    Permit me to reblog?

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  6. Great 👍👌👍
    I have posted my first blog today.

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  7. Amazing photos, as usual for you! Loved the lily pads and that first shot of cactus that look like little critters.

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  8. Couldn’t agree more. Wonderful!

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  9. Can’t talk. GOBSMACKED by your gallery. 🙂

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  10. I think I could sink right into the ‘Lily Pad Reflections’… there’s something there that made me draw a deep breath. Easy to see how the Lotus created it’s sense of meditation.
    ‘Heads Up’ made me chuckle. I’ve always enjoyed your sense of humor in choosing titles. I think that was one element (of many) that drew me to following you around!
    We had a cactus garden when I lived in Utah. But I had never seen (or noticed) the initial shy peek of the blossoms. You have such a wonderful eye for detail and the talent to bring it to our attention.
    That rose garden… I can almost get lost in the scent. Isn’t it wonderful, the dazzling colors that the cactus often brings?
    Thank you for this bouquet. 💐

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    • Thanks very much, Gunta, as always for your lovely comments. There’s much to study at these gardens and we’ve enjoyed our “nature baths” wandering the different areas. Glad some of the captions make you smile and that you appreciate my sense of humor. 🙂 I’m happy that you are feeling what I felt making these images. Hope you are staying cool up there– I think you are. 🙂

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  11. Just beautiful! ✨👏

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  12. The presentation through these wonderful photos is so good dear👌👍👍❤️

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  13. It must be a Cactus World. 🙂
    We’ve the left the “Land of the 405.” Back in Colorado, but the horse show tour continues.

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  14. Indeed the whole world 🌍 is a garden

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  15. Dude. The heads up cactus shot and pattern were great! I enjoyed them all but something about those two… made me feel good. Made me stop and appreciate. Your storytelling through pictures is great:) Thumbs up Jane! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hi Guat, You always make me smile. You are a cactus lover like me- an endless array of patterns and shapes in these cactus gardens. And I’m happy that you see the storytelling through images. Thanks very much! 🙂

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  16. Gorgeous images Jane 👍🏻

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  17. The depth of color and the detail you captured provide awe and wonder. Thank you Jane – and I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  18. Absolutely right for it all depends on how we fashion it to look like.

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  19. Nice photos ,the flowers 💐 are beautiful ,you feel them whispering Into your heart.

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  20. the colours are so vibrant, i particularly loved the lily pad reflections and the way colour worked in that one, and the tree below it. Whatever your subject or style of photography, your photos always blow me away Jane!

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    • Wow, thanks, Andy. That’s really nice to read. Water lilies was a great moment with the light and reflections. The underside looks like a tree but it’s the shadows of the petals reflected on the bottom of the pool. 🙂 Thanks very much!

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  21. Awesome pictures of flower! I love the water lilies picture. Looks magical!

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  22. Beautiful images, Jane >>> Lily pad reflections and Cactus patterns really get to me! 🙂

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  23. Must share! HAPPY FOURTH JANE!!!!

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  24. Pure beauty…always a pleasure 🌸happy weekending ☺️💫 smiles hedy

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  25. Wow!

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  26. Jane these are all exquisite photos, especially Purple Delight and your Water Lily Reflections. Your never promised you photo caption is perfect. And your final shot of the hat is so charming. But Hot Stuff is awesome – it actually looks 3D to my failing eyes. Lovely post. Best, Babsje

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  27. What fun, Jane – I remember that Silk floss tree (unless they have more than one). They are impossible to ignore, right? The pond lily reflections are beautifully rendered. I love what you did with the cactus in “heads Up” – all those repeating shapes in different textures and colors, shown to their best advantage. Great composition in “Cactus Blooms” and what a wonderfully romantic image the rose with the out-of-focus statue in the background is. You know I love the fallen bamboo leaves – and I remember walking through that bamboo grove, too – a pleasure. The cactus patterns from overhead are terrific, as is the whole series. And the last photo is perfect, just perfect. Thank YOU.

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    • Hi Lynn, How lovely to read your reaction to these. Thanks very much. And such fun that you’ve been and that they bring back good photography memories. Glad I shot a lot this spring because it is sizzling hot right now. The Huntington just had a large Corpse Flower bloom- didn’t see it in person, sadly, because they were closed on the day it bloomed (what?) but I enjoyed the live feed. Pretty cool.

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      • Oh, I’ve never seen one in person! NYBG has had them too (NY Botanical Garden). I just found this on their website –
        “NYBG received its first titan-arum from Sumatra in 1932. In May 1937, a flower bud appeared. This was the first titan-arum to flower in the Western Hemisphere, and the Conservatory was mobbed with visitors, reporters, and photographers. After a long wait, the plant finally bloomed on June 8. Its eight-foot spadix was the largest ever grown in cultivation.
        A second specimen bloomed at NYBG on July 2, 1939. The Bronx Borough President commemorated the event by designating Amorphophallus titanum the official flower of the Bronx. (It was replaced by the more conventionally attractive daylily in 2006.)
        Additional titan-arums reached full bloom here in 2016 and 2018.” And they had one in 2019.
        Exciting! Plants are just so cool! 😉

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  28. Those look like some fearsome thorns!

    ✨🙏🕉🌱🌿🌳🌻💚🕊☯🐉✨

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  29. Beautiful album! And that “Cactus Flower Refuge” is a stunner. Boy that Silk Floss tree looks like it would be challenging to climb. I’ve never seen one, but looked it up one time, because I kept seeing “kapok” life vests mentioned in WWII books.

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    • Thank you, Robert. Always happy when bees fly into a composition. That’s a fascinating fact- just looked up the vests and they are filled with milkweed and silk floss from Kapok trees which I now know is another name for the Silk Floss Tree. The floss was all over the ground. The thorns certainly keep animals (and humans) at bay. Great intel, Robert.

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  30. Once again great photos👍👍👍

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  31. Another wonderful collection, with beautiful roses and some great cactus images – I especially like Heads Up 🙂

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  32. I love fruit, veggies, flowers -and all of nature’s beautiful gifts- which you capture so magnificently – thanks so much for taking the time to share your artful treasures – always a delightful romp for my eyes & spirit . Cheers to you Jane ! 🥂DS

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  33. Jane, what a beautiful tribute to prickly things and to the individuals who care for them. Loved it.

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  34. I love every detail >>in>> your>> work>> Jane Lurie you heal the mind of beauty like no other kind LOL

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  35. Beautiful picture Jane , it’s so amazing in every picture you take ✨✨!

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  36. Some great garden wonders!

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  37. Awesome shots ! Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  38. Fabulous collection, Jane 🤗💕

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  39. Just glorious Garden Wonders you have captured here, Jane.

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  40. Fine set, Jane! Cacti are great and they don’t move in the wind.. 🙂 See you!

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  41. Amazing photos beautiful photography 👌🌷🙏the Cactus photo gorgeous and all photos 👍🏻🌺☘️😊

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  42. I don’t know, I have no words! I was trying to pick a favourite to highlight in this comment, but as I went ahead, I kept enjoying the next ones so thoroughly that I forgot about the previous ones! So beautiful, so delightful and so intricately planned! I always look forward to receiving the notifications from your blog! Your photos are so aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable!

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  43. And thank you! Tremendous images once again, with the cactus patterns a particular delight. Garden wonders indeed!

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  44. Amazing shots!! These pictures are really beautiful🌻

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  45. Gorgeous photos! A veritable visual feast.

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  46. That thorny tree would be helpful for our gypsy moth problem!

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  47. Beautiful shots, Jane, per usual. The thorn tree is really interesting and I love the water lilies. Happy Fourth.

    janet

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  48. Beautiful photos of these gorgeous flowers. I love summer! (Suzanne)

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  49. Beautiful captures, Jane! “Heads Up” really got my attention with those colors and textures and “I always promised you” is lovely, from the caption to the composition. I’m sitting here imagining what the statue could be… very nice.

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    • Thank you, Ellen. The Huntington has a great diversity of gardens- the Rose Garden is amazing in full bloom and the cactus garden is quite amazing to see. And scattered about are lovely statues and rock gardens. So glad you enjoyed these. 🙂

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  50. LOVE! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing these lovelies, Jane. x

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  51. hi jane, wonderful and interesting selection of nature photographs that you show us here, i like it very much.
    many greetings robert

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  52. You prompted me to look up details about the life of Frances Hodgson Burnett. Based on The Secret Garden, I always thought of her as English, and although she did spend her early years in England, I just learned from Wikipedia that in the first decade of the 20th century she settled in Nassau County, New York, which is where I grew up. She died in 1924 and is buried in Roslyn Cemetery.

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  53. Gardens can make you pulse race and your breathing increase just by their sheer beauty. Your photos are like that. I dislike cactus but that photo is my pick from this offering. It would make an excellent wall poster.

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  54. Always …………………………. A M A Z I N G !!!

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