Saturday, May 05, 2012

Saturday Snapshot at the Desert Botanical Garden




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Denis and I went to the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix this week, and I fell in love with the pattern of sunlight and shadow on fallen golden blossoms beneath a palo verde tree.

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  1. That image is stunning! It almost looks like the tree is sinking, clever use of light :)

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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    1. I don't know how many other people walked right on past this as though it were nothing special. Funny what things catch our interest, eh? :-)

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  2. That is an awfully awesome shot. well done

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  3. That is a really cool picture! It looks like an optic nerve.

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  4. Very nice. Bet you guys had a great time there.

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  5. How beautiful! Wouldn't that make a great picture for your home? Thanks for sharing.

    Here's MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT

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  6. Cathy - Oh, that's lovely!! I would love to go there sometime.

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    1. I think you'd really enjoy it, Margot!

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  7. I luv the pattern of sunlight and the tree too, very intricate and pretty.

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  8. Wow that is definitely amazing! Gorgeous! My Snapshot.

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  9. Great photo. It's hard to understand what it is at first, but it's a great image that draws you in.

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  10. That's an amazing image! The pattern of the shadows of the branches is so complex!

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    1. I couldn't get enough of staring at it, Melissa.

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  11. Wow! Talk about a study in light! Stunner shot!

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  12. You captured a fantastic image!

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  13. wow... that is interesting! What a great picture!! http://pinterest.com/pin/243687029807605530/

    -Burgandy Ice

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  14. Wow, that's amazing! There's something so fascinating about shadow patterns.

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    1. I agree, Cheryl. They can really draw me in.

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  15. Marvellous shadows, like the tree is the center of the world :-)

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    1. Yes, it does seem that way, Eva!

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  16. Great photograph, almost like an optical illusion. I love it that you and Denis go so often to places like this. Most people just take local sights for granted and don't enjoy them.

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    1. Well... I won't admit to how long it took us to finally visit a local place or two! LOL

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  17. Nice one! Lighting is so important, it makes the simplest subject look fantastic.

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    1. Don't I know it! I just spent the day in a room with 12 wonderful authors...and horrendous lighting!

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  18. That is an amazing photo! It almost looks like the tree is swimming in moss or grass. I wouldn't have guessed they were flowers.

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    1. This time of year the palo verde trees look like golden clouds floating above green stems. Absolutely gorgeous!

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  19. Terrific eye to catch the shadow and great photo Here's Mine

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    1. We were very lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

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    1. I get lucky once in a while. LOL Thanks!

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  21. When we were in Phoenix area in Dec and Jan, the Palo Verde trees caught my eye. The green bark is unusual.You got a really good picture of it.

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    1. They're our state tree. You should see them now when they're all in bloom. They can take your breath away they're so beautiful!

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  22. I can imagine being completely enraptured by this (is that a word???) Anyway, how magical and hypnotizing! Great shot.

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    1. Yes, that most definitely is a word. :-) Thanks!

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  23. What a great shot! It is definitely an interesting pattern -- right place at the right time.

    Here are my British Snapshots

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    1. British?? Ooh, I am so there! LOL

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  24. A wonderful idea of light and shadows which gives a floating sensation.
    My wife and her friends are going to Phoenix and plan to visit the Botanical Garden. I'll show her your photo.

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    1. I have many other photos from that day that I uploaded to my Facebook page. They may also appear in a subsequent Saturday Snapshot post or two. Thanks!

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  25. That is awesome! The light and shadows....and the tree looks like it's sitting in a hole (but that's not a bad thing). The pattern the shadow makes is so cool.

    Here's my Snapshot

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    1. Like Leslie said, sometimes lighting is all. Thanks!

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  26. you've captured the essence of the tree so beautifully...the colors, the shading and shadowing...wow! are you a professional photographer?

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    1. Wow right back atcha! Thank you for the compliment! I'm not a professional photographer, but I certainly wouldn't mind taking some classes to increase my knowledge and abilities.

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    1. Thanks! I have to admit that I was a bit hypnotized standing there.

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  28. Transcendental image. I have been to the Botanic Garden in Phoenix and remember the spectacular plant life and beauty there. I especially enjoyed the butterfly area. My DH and I spent several hours at the garden last year. I felt transported. Thanks for bringing back the memories of my visit.

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    1. Photographs are wonderful for doing that, aren't they? :-)

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