Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

It’s that very special time of the year when almost everything in your garden or the Conservatory Gardens is in bloom.  True we’ve already gloried at those burst of yellow from daffodils and forsythia marking the end of winter and we’ve enjoyed the tulips with their heads bobbing in the breeze and have even said farewell to the Lilies of the Valley last month.

But June, omg, June is just a cacophony of color and sweet smelling flowers and bushes.  Think about all the blooms in June;  Roses, Petunias, Pansies, Hydrangeas, Coral Bells, Sweet William, Azaelas, Geraniums and lots, lots more.  So it’s in the gardens of New York City, that our friend and photographer Murray has been heading with his camera.  The flowers are playing second fiddle this year to the insects who frequent them, but nonetheless, you can’t have one without the other. And having said that, I do have some great flower photos to share with you, maybe tomorrow.

bumble bee, honey bee

The Bee Nose What To Do

A Wasp Between Two Thorns

Cabbage moth,

Cabbage Butterfly On Purple Buds


garbage fly, green headed fly

Don't You Wish You Were A Fly On The Leaf?

The Bee's Knees

Uh Oh! Do Bees Share?

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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With the Conservatory Gardens and the Shakespeare Gardens in full bloom in Central Park, Murray has been photographing some of the Park’s tiniest creatures and most beautiful flora.  Small as they may be, he is using a macro lens, creating Richard Avendon-like photos.

The photos are so clear and close up it’s almost like looking at them under a microscope.  I think you will enjoy this series.

bumble bee, honey bee, Shakespeare Gardens, Central Park, NYC

Mmmm. This looks like the place.

flower filament, anther, yellow tulip, Shakespeare gardens, Central Park,

Hanging On!!

anther, filament, central park, Shakespeare Gardens

Tucked In For A Nap

bumble bee, honey bee, Shakespeare Gardens

Rolling Out of Bed

Refreshed and Ready to Eat

Refreshed and Ready to Eat

bumble bee, Shakespeare Gardens

I'm Going to Love Me Some Pollen

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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It’s Sunday and FAB FOTO FRIDAY didn’t take place on time (again!) BUT YET I DO have some fantastic photos to share with everyone.  Murray, Pbenjay’s Blog’s resident photographer went to Central Park and visited The Conservatory Gardens which are located in the northern end of the park between East 104th St to 106th St.  The grand entrance to this part of Manhattan’s verdant jewel is framed by a gate which was part of the former Vanderbilt mansion that stood on present site of Bergdorf Goodman, the width of which stretched from East 57th to 58th St.  The gates, then as now, guarded the entrance to a beautiful garden.  Step into The Conservatory Gardens with me and through the magical macro lens of Murray’s camera, we’ll see Mother Nature up close and personal.

hornet, bumble bee, pink rose, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Honey Bee perched on a rose petal

butterfly, Central Park, Conservatory Garden

Madame Butterfly

bumble bee, bee, Central Park, Conservatory  Garden

Bee Cosying Up to a Yellow Flower

green fly, leaf, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Monochromatic Mother Nature

yellow-jackete wasp, flower stem

Yellow-Jacketed Wasp Scaling A Stem

snow pearl butterfly, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Snow Pearl Butterfly

lady bug, Central Park,

Lady Bug on a Leaf

Bumble bee, purple flower, rapid bee wings

Bzzz bzzz bzzz

Central Park,  hornet, bee

Hornet Wating to be Seated for Dinner

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Aren’t these just amazing pictures?  It was hard to pick just a few to show you, so I hope to be publish more in a future blog.  I tried to think of which one I liked the best and couldn’t begin to decide.  Even if I had to pick only from this bunch, I’m not sure, but I might say the Bzz Bzzz bzzz really did it for me with the wings caught in motion to the point where for a moment you think you are watching a video!! And then this last photo was just magnificent;  I had about 4 tag lines for it and couldn’t decide what sounded better.  Soooo I’m offering everyone a chance to send in a new caption for the bee inside the purple flower.  Please send as a comment to this post or send me an email.  I’ll publish the entries next week.

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