Paradise – Minter Gardens – Chilliwack BC
It’s been a long time since I’ve added any pictures to this site for a couple of reasons. One, I have other websites that demand most of my time and two, since Google changed their image search format early in the year, site traffic from image searches on Google have dropped by about 70%. That is due to the fact that the new Google image search now makes large previews and fullsize versions of pictures from any site available without the searcher having to visit the hosting website at all. They even hotlink to the image using our bandwidth which we pay for. This shows the picture and makes it available to download without the context of the website that posted it and without any associated attribution or copyright information. While I share many beautiful photos from other talented photographers on this site, I only do so with the proper attribution and / or permissions. Google can show the same photos without doing this. Personally I think they have gone way too far with their new image search, and while many users like it (it is quick and convenient for them), in my opinion, it is still not right for any search engine to display any image larger than a small preview or thumbnail in the search results, after all, they are just a website too, and should have to abide the same principles of copyright and fair-use that all other websites are expected to abide by. Anyway that is my rant and I am sure the situation is unlikely to change anytime soon, if at all. Now finally on to the picture!
This beautiful scene was photographed by myself at Minter Gardens, a beautiful display garden located a little east of where we live in BCs beautiful Fraser Valley. These beautiful botanical display gardens were first opened by the Minter family in 1980. Situated at the foot of the towering Mount Cheam, these 32 acre gardens have evolved over the years with new features being added on an ongoing basis. Today the gardens have matured nicely and are indeed a pleasure to stroll through taking some great photographs as you do. They also have a restaurant and full wedding facilities on site as well. I don’t have a great camera, but everything came together for this beautiful scene; especially the backlighting. The trick was to get enough detail in the shaded foreground which was accomplished by using the flash and some minor editing afterwords.
Now for the really bad news and the reason behind the title of this post. Due in economic reasons this incredible garden is in its final season with October 13th being the last day of operation. We bought seasons passes this year in order to be able to visit them several times before they finally close. It is a real shame to think that all this paradise really will be lost, but perhaps, just perhaps, someone will come to the rescue. At this point we can only hope.
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Thomas Leth-Olsen
Jagged peaks and blowing snow; what could be more cold and desolate looking than this scene? Yet, as cold and desolate as it is, it’s also rich in beauty. Photographed somewhere high in the Swiss Alps, the photographer has captured the very essence of the word cold in this beautiful picture. The depth of the blue sky is abruptly broken by the blowing snow backlit by the sun creating a sudden dramatic contrast in the scene. The intensity of the blue sky can even be seen in the shadows on the snow below as it imparts a blue tinge. For those of you in the northern hemisphere where it is fully winter, this picture is certainly not going to help you warm-up, but spring is coming so stay tuned!
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Claude Robillard
Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Busy times during the holidays have kept me from posting a new photo for some time, so here is my first pick to start off the New Year. When I first saw this photo I was indeed enchanted by it. While just a simple photo in many ways, this beautiful picture captures a small portion of one of Montreal’s most popular parks. The photo shows one of two man-made ponds located within Park Lafontaine in the city of Montreal. This particular pond is in the process of being drained in preparation for winter which is why the water is so low. What makes this photo interesting is the intense emotion created by the fog and lighting not to mention the reflections in the pond. It all comes together to add subtlety and create a very ethereal feel to the entire scene. The scene looks in many ways romantic, but also conveys a sense of loneliness and perhaps even foreboding, and indeed it is foreboding of the coming winter. Hope you enjoy this latest pick!
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
I am blessed to live in a beautiful valley location surrounded by mountains and with rivers and lakes nearby. While I make no claims to be a professional photographer, this snapshot taken not far from my home in British Columbia’s upper Fraser Valley, is one of my favourite wintertime photos. I captured this photo while we were walking our dog along one of the many dikes in our area. The scenery here is beautiful throughout the year, but on this occasion it was a cold winters day with a beautiful blanket of virgin snow covering the fields and blue sky breaking through the remnants of the storm clouds that dropped all that snow. With Christmas fast approaching, I thought this would be a timely post. Hope you enjoy it!
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo copyright by Moyan_Brenn
This next photo in our amazing landscape series is kindly shared by Moyan Brenn. Please do not redistribute or share this without seeing and abiding by his copyright information at the above link.
This beautifully composed photograph of a wild horse grazing in the hills of the spectacular Monti Sibillini National Park in Italy was taken by one of my favourite landscape photographers, Moyan Brenn. As with so many of his photographs, this one definitely has that ‘wow’ factor. This beautiful park is very popular with tourists and, evidently, wild horses. During the summer months the mountainous park produces brilliant displays of wildflowers which result in the hillsides changing colour throughout the season as the different varieties of flowers come and go. Cyclamen, which is a common wildflower in the Sibillinis during the later part of summer, may be responsible for the purplish hue in the hillsides. Hope you enjoy this fantastic photo.