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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Perfect Rose?

(Photo credit - Rob J)

My wife and I took a walk to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Roses are now in bloom and we wanted to stroll through the garden's Cranford Rose Garden. From the size of the crowds, a lot of folks had the same idea. Roses of every size, shape and color seemed to illuminate the all the surrounding plants. We watched bustling honey, carpenter and bumble bees revelling in the sudden deluge of necter. Some of the bees actually seemed to be rolling around within the rose's pollen covered stamens.

Elsewhere, peonies seemed past their prime but there were plenty of other interesting blooms to enjoy. Between the gardens and our walk across Prospect Park I snapped off a lot of photos. In Prospect Park we stopped to check on another oriole nest, this one on the Nethermead Meadow. The nest appeared to be empty so I guess the chicks have fledged.

Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Wild Mustard (Brassica spp)

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Purple Iris

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Wild Garlic (Allium vineale)

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Caucasian Wingnut (Pterocarya fraxinifolia )

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Purple Flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus )

(Photo credit - Rob J)

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

(Photo credit - Rob J)


Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos.
Since Prospect Park is so close to Green-Wood cemetery, have you ever taken photos there? There's an entrance on 20th St. and 9th Ave.; easy to get to from the Park Slope side of Prospect Park.
What I like about this cemetery, aside from the birds, trees and many paths, is the names on the headstones that show Brooklyn's population two centuries ago. Also, at the main entrance on 25th St. and Fifth Ave., there should be maps that are given gratis. I've found it easier to just use a compass to orient oneself with the map, and then head in the general direction one wishes to go.

Rob J. said...

I have been to Green-Wood Cemetery several times and the security guards don't let people take photos. They get very upset if they even see a tripod. I suppose I could use my little camera surreptitiously but prefer to respect their wishes.

greentea said...

Dear Rob, I work for Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and we'd like to use your photo of Caucasian wingnut fruit for an informational sign in our summer series on big trees. If this is of interest to you, please contact me. Thanks much, mediblum (at) bbg (dot) org.

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