A couple of weekends ago, we had an opportunity to visit the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden at night. There was an art exhibit my wife wanted to see. I didn’t go with the intent of photography, but I always have my camera. Had I thought about it ahead of time, I probably would have come more prepared. That said, I have attached four shots from that night. Having never visited the garden at night, I didn’t realize just how beautiful it was with the night lighting. Had I intended to do night shooting, I would have brought my tripod and spent time adjusting the aperture and speed to get the type of shot I wanted. It was very crowded with people that evening and when I realized I wanted to take some shots, I grabbed a few on the run if you will…
The art print I wanted to feature today is from my Color Photography Collection titled “Red Peppers”. The print is a color photograph of a red pepper plant growing in a garden.
I would love to take credit for this healthy plant of peppers, but I found this in the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. It was February and we were there for the Chihuly Exhibit as I have talked about in previous posts. We were in the gardening area where they display the type of plants that are native to this area and how to grow them. Part of this exhibit covers vegetable gardening for warm season harvest. The red peppers were ready for harvest.
Having grown up in Iowa and living in Denver for a number of years, I am familiar with the pattern of growing flowers and vegetables in a four season climate. My wife and I also lived in San Diego for 24 years, so I am familiar with warm weather year around and understand the ebb and flow of plant cycles in that environment. Phoenix offers a new challenge with the extreme heat of summer and timing your vegetables around that time frame. I found it very interesting as I love plants and always have some type of garden.
That was the horticultural aspect of the red pepper, but frankly from a photographer’s standpoint, I was more interested in the esthetics. The first thing that caught me eye was the obvious…red!! In a sea of vegetables, the red stood out. The second thing that caught me eye was the subtle lighting of the red peppers. The challenge I had in getting this shot was that the plant was located right by the sidewalk and this part of the garden had a traffic jam of people crowding the walkway. Stopping to shoot was not something I could give much time to with the limited space and number of people. I took about five shots as quickly as I could and then cropped the results into this final photograph. Thoughts?
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As a follow-up to last weeks photo excerpt post, I have attached three more shots from the Chihuly Exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix. I can’t help but admire the creativity in arranging these incredible pieces of art within the desert landscape. The first picture is a surprise because it is nestled in the reeds of a pond and not as open and obvious. The second picture demands center stage with its brilliance and the third represents the range in color of the displays. Enjoy!
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My wife and I went to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix last week to check out the Chihuly Exhibit. We have seen the Chihuly Exhibit at the Seattle Center, but wanted to see what his work would look like scattered amongst desert plantings. The first shot is in the garden giving you a feel for the surrounding environment. The garden is situated in such a way, you forget you are in a metropolitan area of over 4 million people. Within the garden, I included two shots of Chihuly glass work amongst the desert flora and fauna. The contrast between his bright-colored displays and the plants were amazing. The displays are also lit up at night which we have seen pictures of and that creates an entirely different experience. The work is stunning both day and night. Enjoy!!