There are few things I enjoy photographing than flowers these days, so a few hours at Longwood Gardens was a slice of pure heaven. It also marked the first time my left hand was strong enough to work with my favorite (and heaviest) camera, the Sony A7, since the accident on Memorial Day.
From the home of the Lenni Lenape tribe for generations to the farm of Quakers descended from William Penn that over two centuries became a tree-filled arboretum, this place has a long history. When logging interest threatened to level the trees in 1906, Pierre S. DuPont bought the land and began creating the gardens and fountains that a century later would captivate visitors throughout the seasons.
The conservatory features more than a dozen environments, from orchids to African Palms to southwestern US cacti. It’s an amazing place, a gardener’s idea of heaven.
I hope my images give you an idea of the breadth of the place, and also give you breathing room at the end of the workweek.
Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.