View of the Seattle’s Space Needle from Chihuly Garden and Glass

The garden part of Chihuly Garden and Glass is varied, colorful, and as visually arresting as the glass sculptures inside.  I tried to pay particular attention to the juxtaposition of the plants and art, and I imagine that there will be new points of interest as the flowers, foliage, and trees move through their seasonal changes.

Lily with orange glass forest

Blue spires and fallen logs

Greens in foliage and glass

Detail, garden sculpture

Silvery leaves and glass ball with metallic colors

In the garden at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Glass like a vine

And glass like a slender tree trunk

Chihuly Garden and Glass sculptures among the plants

Detail, blue glass in the garden

The price of admission included a return ticket to the garden in the evening.  We were tempted to skip the evening return visit, but we were so glad we made the effort to go back.  At night, the garden is a magical place.  The sculptures are lit and create an enchanted atmosphere.

Glass House at night. Lighting shows off the 100-ft. suspended sculpture.

New view of the Seattle Space Needle

Hall of chandeliers by the outdoor patio

Chihuly Garden and Glass at night

Monumental outdoor sculpture, Chihuly Garden and Glass

In the garden at night

Glowing glass sun
















“How wonderful yellow is.  It stands for the sun.”
— Vincent Van Gogh

The sunflower’s sunny face

Sunflower silhouette

Garden art: a sunflower plate on a garden gate

Orange-yellow squash blossom

Bed of yellow yarrow

Yarrow crowned with yellow

Yellow and orange blanket flowers

Yellow lily

Garden loosestrife

St. John’s wart, a popular ground cover in Seattle

Our yellow weed, the dandelion

Yellow chairs bolted to the pier overlooking Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle

Yellow chairs with ferry, Elliott Bay

Yellow chairs with ferris wheel, Seattle waterfront

Summer sweet corn on the cob

Lemons in a blue bowl







“Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.”
— Kandinsky

Orange lilies



Striped umbrella, outdoor dining

Orange calendula

Orange poppy

Honeysuckle in oranges and pinks

More reddish-orange lilies

And yet another photo of a lily

Salmon filets, Pike Place Fish Market

Fishmonger from Pike Place Fish Market shows a young man a fresh Dungeness crab

Dahlias, Pike Place Market

The Space Needle (painted orange for the 50th anniversary of Seattle’s World Fair) seen beneath Calder’s Eagle, Olympic Sculpture Park






Black and Orange Lilies

July 19, 2012

Black and orange lily

Dramatic black and orange lilies

Black and orange lily

Black in flowers is simply arresting.  These lilies in a neighbor’s garden attracted my eye because this was the blackest black I had ever seen in a flower.  So often black flowers are deep, deep purple.  I can see some purple in these lilies as well, but the color verges on true black.

I see my blog as something of an online nature journal.  All it takes is a walk outside my door to come up with something new to share, like seeing black in a flower.  I am often amazed at how inexhaustible Nature is.

Most often there is no improving on Nature, but I couldn’t resist trying some special effects on my photo editing software.  Here they go:

Lily with focal black & white effect

Lily with HDR-ish effect

Lily with cross-process effect

Posterized image of lily


It’s easy to be inspired by the early-summer blooming plants at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture.  Here are a few things that caught my eye on a recent visit:

I love this particular shade of blue on Sea Holly.

Sea Holly

Going to Seed


This lily reminds me of a Japanese lantern.

Bird on the path

White Flowers

April 12, 2010

White daffodil

White daffodil

White tulips

White bleeding heart

White bleeding heart

White lily, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Detail, white lily

White rhododendron with a touch of pink

Lilies for Eastertide

April 3, 2010

My excursion to the Seattle Asian Art Museum took me to Volunteer Park, so afterwards I walked a short way to the Volunteer Park Conservatory to see what was in bloom.  There were so many colorful and exotic flowers on display, but the lilies especially caught my eye because of their association with Easter.

White lily, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Detail, white lily

Lilies and blue hydrangea

White lily, pure beauty

Anthers and stigma of a white lily

Bloomin’ Summer

July 16, 2009

Here’s what’s blooming on a recent neighborhood walk.





Purple poppy

Purple poppy


Spotted lily

Spotted lily

Desert candle

Desert candle

I am continually astounded by the beauty and diversity that surrounds me.

“Each time I go outside the world is different.  This has happened all my life.”
     — Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry


Consider the Lilies

June 25, 2009

Lily bud, like a tightly wrapped present

Lily bud, like a tightly wrapped present

Orange lily and buds about to bloom

Orange lily and buds about to bloom

Orange lily with blue background

Orange lily with blue background

Detail of orange lily

Detail of orange lily

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;
they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you,
That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
     Matthew 6: 28 – 29