May 23, 2011

Royal Botanical Gardens

Springtime reminds me of a stage production. Maybe a play; maybe a vaudeville or an operetta. The characters are larger than life; the decorations have only the brightest colours, and the songs are only of the greatest love imaginable. This overflowing beauty makes you want to jump on the stage and take part in the proceedings.

I think springtime gives us the opportunity to do something like that.

I also realized that I love the hear the sound of magnolia flowers falling down. The process of this little piece of flora detaching and falling into the grass can be heard from the beginning to the end. You can close your eyes and still hear the life of this tree. Cherry trees, in the meantime, lose their petals quietly, and they are only to be observed.

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll around the gardens.




  1. The color saturation on these pictures is so intense! It's hard to believe sometimes what beauty our earth is capable of. Thanks, Olga!

  2. Wow, just what I needed . . .
    these fantastic flower photos are what Spring should be. I especially love your tulip studies. Magnificent collection.

    Here, another side of Spring is removing a lot of beauty, with some terrible tornados that don't know when to stop. So your bright and cheery photos are most welcome. Thank you Olga. xoxo

  3. Wonderful!
    Kisses from Brazil

  4. Wow....your photos are absolutely lovely and stunning. The pink are my favourite and really speak Spring to me here. :)

  5. be still my heart, can you hear it pounding? this is my idea of heaven... heavy sigh of contentment here~

  6. Thank you for sharing these floral images with us, they are absolutely beautiful ... Spring certainly does put on a production of colours and fragrances!

    xoxoxo ♡

  7. Beautiful pictures... Thanks!

    From Japan

  8. Hello Olga:
    If ever there was a picture of spring, then surely this post is it. Such wonderful, cheery images all of which deserve comment individually. But perhaps, for us, it is the first, of the deep purple and slate blue tulips, which so captures our attention. The combination is superb.

    And we have, oh shame, never listened for the fall of the Magnolia flower. Such a lovely and so personal an idea.

  9. Un superbe parterre de fleurs pour annoncer une journée douce heure :)
    Bravo et merci de ce superbe florilège de couleurs :)

  10. Gorgeous, gorgeous and GORGEOUS flowers - I wish I was there! :-)

  11. Wow, spring makes wonders of you! What beautiful pictures, and the strenght and vitality of your writing! I am glad to see you in such high spirits.

  12. Ta promenade est magnifique, Olga. C'est frais et très coloré. Il ne manque que le parfum des fleurs.
    Heureuse journée!

  13. ciao^^
    io che son profana di foto, resto piacevolmente stupefatta davanti alle tue :)
    mi piace un sacco la penultima dove c'è la coccinella e la seconda dove ci sono i tulipani viola e gialli.
    Serena giornata :)

  14. Kyllä on mukavaa katseltavaa verrattuna Lapland/Kuusamon kukkiin.
    Hienoa kukka-merta. Värin välkettä...
    Meillä alkaa puut vähän vihertämään.
    Muuttolinnut alkavat kaikki olemaan pesä-puuhissa...!

  15. I enjoyed it very much! Wonderful pictures full of vibrancy and colour!

    Duncan In Kuantan

  16. Olga, stunning photos, I particularly like the last one with the colourful bird. Diane

  17. ahhhhhh Olga,
    you made my day, I loved every corner of this garden, thanks!

  18. Olga, there are all so sweet ...
    For a person who likes flowers photographer, I am just so envy !

  19. WOW!! Just beautiful, you are very good photographing flowers! Good job!

  20. Oh my... Beautiful! I hope you go back when those cherry blossoms lose their flowers... Pink snow... *sigh*
    Have a great day, Olga!!

  21. Just lovely!! I swear I could almost smell the flowers through the computer screen :)

  22. A series, magnificent and varied with great photos, I love the different colors in these flowers with wonderful framing ... all very good

  23. Olga, a good day, a number of images spring flowers amazes me. They are amazing. They can draw people into the countryside. You have a talent for interesting photos. It's totally relaxing to look at such photos from the garden after a day's work. Thank you, thank you. Peter.

  24. Wonderful photos, Next spring I need to take the time to listen for a magnolia petal to fall.

  25. ω!ω!ω!
    τι υπέροχα χρώματα....και αρώματα...
    μου εφτιαξες την ημέρα!!

  26. Hello Olga, the colors are beautiful, very nice photos!

  27. Hi, I just came over under reccomendation from Pet ( Pencil and box blog).I am so happy about his reccomendation. SO i found you! Lovely blog and inspiring pictures!!!!! COngrats!!

  28. Gorgeous, Olga! Love all those vibrant colours.

  29. Hi Lydia,
    Thank you. I also marvel at nature at this time of the year. It gives such incredible colours and feelings.

    Hi Rick,
    For me, it's near impossible to stop when I'm photographing tulips in the Botanical Gardens. There are so many of them. Every year, they plant new varieties. Yes, all these news about tornadoes are extremely devastating.

    Hi Gisa,
    Thank you very much. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Hi Sophia,
    Yes, I would say that pink - in the amount that you can encounter it in the springtime; especially when you're around crab apple trees - fills the soul with joy.

    Hi once in a blue moon,
    I had a moment in the magnolia garden when I thought that such a beautiful place can only exist in heaven.

  30. Hi Dianne,
    I also find that spring colours are so attractive because they are fresh, new, and give us hope :)

    Hi Daigo,
    Thank you for visiting and for your lovely words :)

    Hi Jane and Lance Hattatt,
    I love taking photos of tulips. Under each light, they are unpredictably beautiful. I'm glad I had a moment to spend in the magnolia garden when there was no one around; it was quiet, and only the magnolia leaves were falling to the ground.

    Hi Marie,
    Je vous remercie. Je suis content que vous avez aimé ces photos. Il n'a pas été facile pour moi de les prendre. Je pense que j'ai besoin de vous inscrire à un cours de yoga.

    Hi Tinajo,
    Thank you for your compliment - we really have a gorgeous botanical garden here in Ontario.

  31. Hi Pet,
    You know how to raise the creative spirits of a timid photographer :) You see, I call myself one now :P

    Hi Richard,
    C'est absolument vrai. J'ai été en appréciant les parfums, après avoir pris mes pilules d'allergie à l'avance :)

    Hi Ola,
    Thank you for visiting and for your nice words :)

    Hi chaillrun,
    Sono contento che hai trovato tra i miei preferiti qualche foto. Per me, è bello sapere che sono piaciuti, perché so quanto è bella l'Italia.

    Hi Eko,
    Lopuksi on kevät. Nyt voimme nauttia eduista tähän aikaan vuodesta. Olen erittäin onnellinen voin ottaa kuvia kukista.

  32. Hi Duncan D. Horne,
    I'm glad you enjoyed my photos. I have discovered that I need a massage and yoga classes after being with this heavy camera for so long.

    Hi Diane,
    Finally we have colours; I have awaited them for so long!

    Hi bicocacolors,
    I appreciate your visit. I know how beautiful it is where you live, and I'm enjoying your photos of it :)

    Hi Wong,
    You're so funny :) I always love visiting your website and seeing your variety of photos.

    Hi Susanna,
    Thank you very much. Such a compliment from a talented photographer is appreciated :)

  33. Hi Lena,
    You'd be surprised, but, only yesterday, I took some photos of a cherry-blossom "snowstorm".

    Hi Nikki Kendall,
    I'm so glad. I need a yoga class after all my bending and crouching with a heavy camera.

    Hi Leovi,
    Thank you very much. I appreciate your opinion, and always enjoy your photos.

    Hi Peter,
    In these gardens, there are always subjects for photographs. Despite the fact that the Royal Botanical Gardens are quite far from our home, we always use the chance to drive out and visit them.

    Hi lilylovekin,
    I'm so glad I had the opportunity to see the last days of these beautiful magnolias.

  34. Hi Irida,
    Σας ευχαριστώ για την οπαδός μου. Σας παρακολουθούμε με χαρά. Είχα την ευκαιρία να επισκεφθούν την Ελλάδα, και αυτό ήταν θαυμάσιο.

    Hi Yannick Leroy,
    Thank you for your compliment. You're welcome to visit again anytime!

    Hi Colores,
    Pet's recommendations - I value them very much. I'm glad you found the time to check out my blog and leave a comment. Thank you very much.

    Hi Talli,
    Thank you very much. Glad you liked these colours. They really are something.

  35. I am so glad that your spring has arrived at long last my dear Olga. And your line about hearing the magnolia flower falling is truly poetic. Lovely photos too, with amazing colours.

  36. BONSOIR et bien mes yeux sont heureux de regarder ces superbes photos
    Beau travail et superbes fleurs

  37. Stunning photos - such colour and beauty. What a lovely place.

  38. your photographic eye is just astonishing.