Huntington Gardens

Various cacti at the Huntington Desert Garden

Cactus at the Huntington Desert Garden

Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, California. I usually don’t wheel my mother down the long hill to the desert (cactus/succulent) garden because pushing her back up about kills me. But this day my mother’s aid Marta was with us so we went for it.

I think this particular garden at the Huntington is one of the finest; the plants are so wild, odd, colorful, and numerous it’s like being on another planet.

I had both the new Ricoh RG and the Sony RX100 with me although the Ricoh is such a pleasure to use I never pulled the Sony out of my bag. These were shot in color and the monochromatic conversion was done in Lightroom. At some point I’m going to start shooting with the various filters built into the Ricoh GR but my style has always been to shoot RAW and do the other things downstream.

Cactus at the Huntington Desert Garden

Cactus at the Huntington Desert Garden

Cactus at the Huntington Desert Garden

Cactus at the Huntington Desert Garden

Frances confronts a huge Mexican Polaskia Chende

Frances confronts a huge Mexican Polaskia Chende

Huntington Library and Gardens, Pasadena, California. Very little was in bloom today so we wheeled down a steep hill to the Desert Garden and had a showdown with a huge Mexican Polaskia Chende cactus. The plants in this garden are so other-worldly it would be fun to have the evolutionary back-story on each and every one of them.

Frances at 96

Frances at 96

Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, California. We had an “outing” to the gardens to see about doing some flower shots. Not much in bloom there, got one keeper and this shot.

Today is my mother’s 96th birthday. Holy cow, that’s a lot of years.

I had to skip a few months of visits here because of problems with my ears that I was concerned would be affected by flying (flying was fine). I have to say, my mother seems as upbeat and well as she did three months ago which at her age is really something. She’s great and we’re having a blast telling jokes and stories and hanging out.

Tonight is the birthday dinner with her two remaining living cousins. Should be fun.

Poppies at the Huntington Gardens

Unopened poppy

Huntington Gardens, Pasadena, California. It was windy and I couldn’t get close enough to use my tripod and the Huntington didn’t have a lot in bloom except these poppies (excuses, excuses), so, I shot a lot of poppies.

The one above is dedicated to Georgia O’Keefe (grin).

These were all taken with a Canon EOS 5D DSLR and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. Processed with Lightroom.

Poppy sideview with watercolor bokeh

Paper poppy

Paper poppy

Poppy dish antennae

Paper poppy

Paper poppy

Orange poppy on bokeh background

Daisy

Daisy

Pasadena, California. The Huntington Gardens. I was hoping for lots of things to be in bloom but it was slim pickings today. There was a nice bed of these daisies and I set up the tripod low and sat there on the grass waiting for the breeze to die down. Numerous photographers stopped to see what I was gawking at. Some walked on, not seeing the interest in this 5′ by 15′ clump of flowers. Some, however, stopped and talked and it was fun to see what their take on shooting flowers was and watch them shoot.

Only one man, from China, took his time, setting up his tripod and getting low enough to get a decent side view of the flowers. I don’t know what he got but it didn’t matter, both of us were fishing on a calm lake and we enjoyed looking at the flowers as much as the process of attempting to snag one in a photograph. I haven’t been doing much shooting lately so was a bit rusty but in fact, I think I got a nice one here.

Wilted yellow daisies

Wilted yellow daisies

Pasadena, California. I guess high summer is not the best time to photograph the herb garden at the Huntington Library and Garden. Most of my favorite plants had gone by or were wilted in the heat. Of course, I have an eye for flowers in decay and tried to make the most out of it but even the prize roses in this garden looked like I felt in the 90 degree (F) heat.