Dahlia at Volunteer Park

Dahlia at Volunteer Park

“For dahlias give a jewel-like glow to the heart of the autumn garden, they are, in a mass, so resplendent.”
— Susan Hill, The Magic Apple Tree: A Country Year

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Volunteer Park Conservatory

Volunteer Park Conservatory

I spent a wonderful hour on Sunday wandering around Volunteer Park with my camera.  It was a beautiful, sunny fall day — resplendent — and people were out and about enjoying time with family and friends.  The dahlia garden was an outdoor showcase, but I enjoyed the various plants inside the conservatory, too.

Cacti

Cacti

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Foliage

Foliage

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The Gage Academy of Art was hosting a Drawing Jam in the park, and this time I just looked over the shoulders of the participants rather than taking up sketching myself.  A lost opportunity, really, but I was happy this time just photographing.

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Sometimes you just can’t beat a Sunday in the park in Seattle.

Seattle's Volunteer Park in May

Seattle’s Volunteer Park in May

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I went on another Seattle Tree Walk, one of several featured on the City of Seattle’s website.  The tree map for Volunteer Park is split into four sections.  Rather than follow the map rigorously hunting all 91 identified trees, I meandered only the area around the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Conservatory and reservoir.  There are some spectacular trees in this park.  Here are a few of my favorites from this walk.

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Seattle Asian Art Museum

Isamu Noguchi's Black Sun sculpture, Volunteer Park

Isamu Noguchi’s Black Sun sculpture, Volunteer Park

Tall maple tree along reservoir

Tall maple tree along reservoir

Morning sun along reservoir

Morning sun along reservoir

Horse chestnut trees

Horse chestnut trees

Horse chestnut leaves

Horse chestnut leaves

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Carolina silverbell tree

Carolina silverbell tree

Carolina silverbell

Carolina silverbell

Magnificent European Copper Beech tree

Magnificent European Copper Beech tree

European Copper Beech tree

European Copper Beech tree

European copper Beech tree

European copper Beech tree

 

 

 

 

Old trees, Volunteer Park, Seattle

Old trees, Volunteer Park, Seattle

One of the pleasures of having out-of-town guests is that you get to re-visit your favorite spots while you give them an insider’s view of your home town.  Volunteer Park in Seattle is one such place.  The rhododendrons were in bloom on this most recent visit, and the stately old trees stood in green grandeur.

The rhododendron is the official state flower for Washington

The rhododendron is the official state flower for Washington

Old cedar tree

Old cedar tree

Under the canopy of a horse chestnut tree

Under the canopy of a horse chestnut tree

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My niece in the donut hole of Isamu Noguchi's sculpture, "Black Sun," in Volunteer Park

My niece in the donut hole of Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture, “Black Sun,” in Volunteer Park

Photographer zooming on blooms at the dahlia garden in Volunteer Park

The dahlia garden at Volunteer Park in Seattle is bursting with color as the many varieties of dahlias have come into bloom.  I can’t decide which type is my favorite.  I do know that it is a challenge to draw or paint these flowers because dahlias have so many petals!  I did try.

Dahlias, Volunteer Park

Large dahlia — a floral mop head

Tight petals of a pom-pom variety of dahlia

This is a Verrone’s Sophie dahlia

This was a new type of dahlia for me — intriguing furled petals form a daisy-like flower at its center.

Pen and ink drawing of dahlia

Watercolor sketch of dahlia

Watercolor sketch of dahlia

 

A Few Trumpet Flower Photos

September 21, 2010

Once again I was totally captivated by the trumpet flowers at the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Hanging trumpet flowers

Trumpet flowers at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

A trumpet duet

Peering up into a trumpet flower

Beautiful trumpet flowers

Star-like glory of the trumpet flower

Horse Chestnuts

September 20, 2010

The road through Volunteer Park is lined with horse chestnut trees.  I gathered a few of the shiny brown chestnuts to display in a bowl on my dining room table.  I love their smooth round shapes. . . very soothing to caress in my palms.

Horse chestnut tree

Leaves of the horse chestnut tree fan out like miniature palm trees

Some of the leaves were beginning to change color.

Bowl of gathered horse chestnuts

Shiny brown horse chestnuts

Botanical print of horse chestnut from botanical.org

Watercolor sketch of horse chestnuts

The Volunteer Park Conservatory has a new display in the Seasonal Room, this one featuring chrysanthemums.

Seasonal display at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

White Graceland Chrysanthemums

Apricot Blush Chrysanthemums

Apricot Blush Chrysanthemums

Dahlias at Volunteer Park in Seattle

The Dahlia Garden at Volunteer Park is in full bloom.  I stopped by on a gray day after early morning rain showers.  What a profusion of colors and blossoms!

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Yellow dahlia

Perfect dahlias in all stages of bloom

Close-up of dahlia

Dahlia, a ball of petals

Dahlia balanced on its stem

The gardens are inspiration for Seattle photographers!

Exotic bloom at the Volunteer Park Conservatory

A trip to the Volunteer Park Conservatory is always good for a rainy Seattle day.  The seasonal room still features fuchsia, but on this visit I also saw lots of salpiglossis in bloom.

Bi-color Salpiglossis

Salpiglossis, Volunteer Park Conservatory

Walking, Herding, Resting

April 15, 2010

Here are a few recent photographs of animals; each has something that makes me smile.

Dog walker at Volunteer Park

This urban dog walker was very capable.  The leashes didn’t get tangled even once.

Turkey herder, Skagit Valley

They say people grow to look like their pets.  Just look at the profile of these turkeys and their minder!

Unshorn sheep, Skagit Valley