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A Second Rose Trip

A few days ago I made a second trip to the Elizabeth Park rose garden in Hartford. This time I brought along a tripod, my full kit of lens, lights, and everything else that would fit in my pack. At the time it seemed like a good idea.

Rose Garden
Rose Garden

The tripod helped while shooting multiple images to merge into a single photo, however flowers don’t appear to be enhanced much more than they already are. Colors are vivid to begin with. So a traditional hand held camera shot works just as well. And is a great deal less awkward.

Rose Garden
Rose Garden

We also brought along a small spray bottle of water. Just a little mist in the sun creates a beautiful sparkle. Of course it is critical not to leave it in the back seat of the car!

Yellow Rose
Yellow Rose

Everything Is A Baby At Some Point

Babies should be cute. No matter what I did to these images that was not happening here. I didn’t even try to sharpen the featured photo on this article.

Young Turkey Vulture
Young Turkey Vulture

We have Turkey and Black vultures along the Connecticut river valley.  Most are Turkey vultures so that’s what I am assuming here.

This youngster was on a pole near the Connecticut river, not far from what looked like a dense fallen tree and good nest site. When stretching his wings it was clear he was still growing the heavy flight feathers.

No fear at all, hanging out in the sun waiting for something to happen.  At this size even an Eagle would probably ignore him.

Young Turkey Vulture
Young Turkey Vulture

While not a pretty bird by any stretch I had to get these shots. How many of us really see them up close and not simply circling overhead.

 

Seaside Old Infirmary

The Maher Infirmary building at the old Seaside Sanatorium is one of the largest single buildings I have ever seen.  At some point a lighthouse was added on each end of the structure. I don’t know if they were ever operational,  but being right on the water front it does make sense, looks good too so it doesn’t matter.

Seaside Sanatorium Main House
Seaside Sanatorium Main House
Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary
Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary
Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary
Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary

The guard rails shown above run along the length of the second floor. Children with tuberculosis lived here and at the time part of the treatment was to line beds outside for open air sleeping.

Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary
Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary

In the center of the building a tall spire looks over the property. On top is an incredible weathervane.

Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary
Seaside Sanatorium Maher Infirmary

Below is the ocean view from the front of the building.

Seaside Ocean View
Seaside Ocean View

Plans have been made to create a park on the property but until then the land and buildings stand abandoned. Except for photographers who visit daily.

 

Rose Garden

I’m fairly sure it’s called the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, at least that’s how I’ve always heard it referred to as.  Within the garden there are many other flowers, besides roses grown. None of which I can name for you.

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Besides their obvious beauty I thought they could be a perfect way to use the HDR (click here for HDR details) technique again. I’m hoping to get better at knowing when to use it.

As expected some images were better than the last time I shot flowers, and of course many not so much. These ‘not so much’ are long deleted.

Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
Elizabeth Park Rose Garden

Now that I have discovered I enjoy this type of challenge we are going back in the next few days.

 

 

The Egret Dance

Some day I will remember to video the dance and not shoot just stills.

Dancing Snowy Egret
Dancing Snowy Egret

For anyone who has not seen this let me explain just how foolish this can be.

A big white bird jumps in the air and screams a loud ‘croak’.

Landing in the water they do the Michael Jackson ‘moon walk’ backwards (or forwards depending on how you look at it).

Egrets knees bend forward, not back, so the dance and wiggling toes stir up something to eat.

The loud croaking is probably because it’s so much fun.