Desert Garden


β€œI am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.”

~Ernst Haas

 

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Succulent Green

 

 

Nature, Huntington Garden, Photography, Cactus, Succulent, California, Jane Lurie, Fujifilm X-T2

Cactus Garden

 

 

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Spines

 

 

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Reaching

 

 

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Cactus Friends

 

 

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Surprise

 

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The Prickly Gang

 

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Red Top

 

 

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Nice Threads

 

 

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Blooming

 

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Desert Impression

 

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Cactus Adventures

 

From the Huntington Botanical Garden website:

The Huntington Desert Garden is one of the largest and oldest assemblages of cacti and other succulents in the world. Nearly 100 years old, it has grown from a small area on the Raymond fault scarp when in 1907-1908 William Hertrich brought in plants from local nurseries, private residences, public parks, and from collection trips to the Southwest and Mexican deserts. Today the two dozen families of succulents and other arid adapted plants have developed into a 10-acre garden display, the Huntington’s most important conservation collection, a vital mission and challenge.

 

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136 comments

  1. This is a beautiful photo site. Incredible πŸ™‚

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  2. The pictures are just great!

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  3. I love these grayscale photos as I find each one is lush in its own unique beauty and reminiscent of sea plant!

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  4. Where have I been? This eye candy was sitting right in my inbox, just waiting for the right moment I guess. The wonderful lead photograph goes well with the Haas quote. “Spines” and “Reaching” make for an interesting pair. And “Cactus Friends” is full of gentle humor. Pretty light in that image, too. I like the low-key look of “Surprise” that brings out the repeating motif of all those Opuntia spines – I love them. So nice with the splash of red. “Nice Threads” offers more of that generous-spirited humor of yours. The intentional camera movement image feels more wet than dry to me, all the prickliness having disappeared into cool-toned waves. Why not? The last photo is important, in my view, because one has no idea of the immensity of teh garden until one sees those people walking among the desert plants. Wow! Thanks for the unique tour of this garden. I remember wanting to stay longer when I was there – it’s great that it’s in your own backyard now. πŸ™‚

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  5. Reblogged this on Mihran-Kalaydjian Real Talk and commented:
    Beautiful light in these macros and close ups

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  6. Beautiful light in these macros and close ups, Jane. I think β€œNice Threads” is my favorite.

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  7. Jane I love the way you always find different beautiful perspectives in your photos

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  8. Your pictures made me feel as if i am looking them in liveπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  9. Another brilliant series, Jane. In addition to the photos, your first quote “I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new” is the perfect way to look at life and especially with a
    lens. Your work over the years has shown this gift you have, and it is always a mesmerizing experience to see what you come up with. You never disappoint πŸ™‚

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  10. I love the quote – and the pictures. Who knew there were so many. Most of them are pretty good about suggested hands off!

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  11. Nature is an art of itself. I just published my first story and I’m sure it’ll be with your while 😊

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  12. Beautiful, beautiful garden. Are the visitors anyone we know? πŸ™‚

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  13. Oh man, Jane. These images are INCREDIBLE. Sublime photography with a master’s processing touch!! πŸ™‚

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  14. Love the opening quote, and I feel that you really lived up tp it. Gorgeous photos. Especially love the first one.
    Alison

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  15. So glad you mentioned this post on Monochromia. The challenge to visit other blogs is ever present, as you know, but I am so glad that I saw this post. These are some stunning images, Jane. Wonderful!

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    • Hi Laurie, Thanks for looking and I’m happy you enjoyed the photos. The Desert Garden is quite amazing- you would have such fun with your lens. πŸ™‚ I’m with you, it’s hard manage viewing other blogs but it’s fun when time allows.

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  16. Your discerning eye sees so much more than most of us do. Thanks for taking us along for these.

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  17. My native Arizonan heart loved the subject matter. My eye loved your captures. πŸ’œ

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  18. What a splendid garden. You’ve found the perfect details (as always!) Wish I was close enough to visit… wish I could get out to the desert again someday… 😏
    Of course Cactus Adventures was my hands down favorite!!! That garden is phenomenal.

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  19. Ah, the Huntington Botanical Garden. I remember one of the first persons to follow my original blog spent a year posting about this garden, it seems like a magical place where I could definitely spend a lot of time. Your succulents/cacti images are superb Jane, they make the most fantastic textural photos.

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    • Hi Jude, Glad you’re familiar with the Huntington. It’s such a large and diverse garden, you could spend a year posting about it. It’s been a welcome refuge, especially the desert garden. The rose garden is amazing when it blooms, too. Thanks for enjoying these- much appreciated. πŸ™‚

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  20. You captured so many interesting and mesmerizing patterns and I love them!

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  21. Seeing these stunning photos, I saw and learned new things. Thank you for sharing, Jane.

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  22. Wow, all those spines. Beautifully photographed as always

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  23. Stunning as always Jane but Desert Impression is the winner for me…but you knew that already πŸ™‚

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  24. Fabulous images Jane. Love the composition of some of the photos as well as the contrast in colours. πŸ‘πŸ‘

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  25. Love these!

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  26. Beautiful images, Jane! I love Huntington Gardens, their cacti/succulent collection is particularly memorable. Barrel cactus are like prickly Minions! πŸ™‚

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  27. Love these!

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  28. Amazing and beautiful, Jane! The last photo is wowza!! I would love to visit this garden.

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  29. Ooh, I’d be very happy here with my camera! I love the sculptural shapes of the cacti, especially in your monochrome shots (and I include the all-green of Cactus friends in that!), and the ICM in Desert Impression is so effective. Great selection, as always!

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    • I am sure you’d love this place, Sarah. It feels a bit otherworldly and every cactus is begging to be photographed. Glad you like those shots in particular– the monochrome was a pleasant surprise. I must go back and work on some more impressions. Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

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  30. Absolutely super photos! Thank you for sharing.

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  31. I’ve never seen a cactus garden, what a cool place. Terrific shot, the B&W “Cactus Garden” is such a wealth of textures and unusual shapes, and the reds blossoms/thorns in your other shots are beautiful, too.

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  32. Fine collectionπŸ’«, yet again. ‘Blooming’ has been extremely refreshing, even with cacti.

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  33. I like your prickly pics. Botanical gardens are good for the occasional stroll. You highlighted it well!

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  34. Must be a beautiful cactus garden.
    I’m really impressed by the pictures where you get very close and you can see all the details.
    Excellent series, Jane.

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  35. I’ve always loved how you photograph succulents and this collection is why. So much fun here and such a wonderful diversity and very cool way of seeing these kooky plants! This is right up there as one of my favorites of yours. Thanks.

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    • Aw, how nice to read, Freddie. Thank you so much. You are so right, there are so many kooky shapes and unusual cacti, it’s a photography wonderland! I feel like I’ve just “pricked” the surface… πŸ™‚

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  36. What a fine saying and what exquisite photography.

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  37. That’s a good way of thinking as a photographer πŸ™‚
    The dessert garden is realy great, never seen one like this.

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  38. Wonderful! Brings back memories of visiting cacti gardens in the Canaries.

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  39. So beautiful, Jane! You are always an inspiration and an innovative role model! Thank you for the walk and the crisp cacti!

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  40. Fantastic photos! And what a beautiful place to visit!

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  41. There’s something fascinating about cacti, isn’t there? There are some gorgeous images here, jane, and I particularly like those with a hint of flame, especially. Blooming.

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  42. Wonderful post! I love the opening sentence, Ernst Haas is one of my favorites.

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  43. Oh wow! Such exquisiteness!! Love love the threads πŸ’• πŸ’–

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  44. Oh wow, these are unbelievable! I love them!!

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  45. Oh amazing pics! The Huntington’s have really done a wonderful job πŸ‘

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  46. You’ve got some great abstractions here.

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  47. Very nice series of desert images. Love the Desert Impression very much. We visited there two years ago and love the desert garden most.

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    • Hi Stephen, So glad you’ve been- it’s exciting to experience. Soon the cacti will be blooming so that will be fun. I need to work on some more impressions- it’s a great place for creating them. Thanks very much. πŸ™‚

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  48. Oh, Jane – You stopped me in my tracks. The combination of close but far enough followed by a macro was perfect for my eyes because you set up the macro. Love seeing the details. Thank you for capturing and sharing!

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  49. Ooh these are neat Jane! Nice to be so closeup without having to prick my nose –
    These are terrific ! … I couldn’t imagine where in the world you were – thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ ds

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  50. Always love how you title your wonderful photos…. These were all a treat!

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  51. All stunning, but you saved the best for last!!

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  52. Oh my gosh! Jane, your photos of the cactus are fantastic! And I kinda love them. I’d love to visit this place with my little Nikon Z50. ❀️

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