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Sarracenia in the Garden

Posted on | August 2, 2011 | No Comments

During one of our spring trips, Linda and I had an opportunity to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond Va. The rose garden was in full glory but too crowded for photography. On our way to the perennial garden, we walked through the Martha and Reed West Island Garden – an area dedicated to plants of the wetlands. The sarracenia were at peak. Linda and I were truly enthralled by this beautiful collection and decided to return later for a closer look.  After taking photos of a few perennials that were not in the strong sun, we headed back to the pitcher plants and found a bench to sit on while we rested and enjoyed the view. It was very hot and the sun was still high but we couldn’t leave without trying to get at least one shot.

I  was able to get some nice diffused close-up images but I really wanted to show more of the extraordinary plant collection. It was way too bright to capture the true beauty of the entire area with a wide angle lens so I put on a 70-200mm zoom lens and found a tighter view with a dark background (shade). This allowed the plants to stand out. Sarracenia have a translucent quality so I decided try and shoot the light coming through the plants. We both loved the result.

If you are in the Richmond area be sure to visit this special garden.

A quick reminder

The Chanticleer Master workshop is September 30 – October 2. www.chanticleer

The Maine Media Macro workshop is October 9- 15


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