Wanderings & observations


Wandering through Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory keeps me sane in winter months. It can’t compare to the Enid Haupt Conservatory that I used to visit in New York, but like so many places in Seattle, it has a charm of its own.

The holiday season means pretty lights and a room full of poinsettias – not my favorite plant, but oh well – with a model train running through it. When the holiday cuteness irritates my aesthetic sense the Cactus House, with its quiet gray-green colors and interesting shapes, satisfies. There’s also the Bromiliad House, and a Palm House set with orchids tucked into glass cases surrounded by Maidenhair ferns, so really, what better place on a gray winter day?

Here is an admittedly eccentric group of images from a visit last week:


32 responses

  1. Gorgeous shots, I love the different effects you have used.

    January 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    • Oh good – I’m glad you liked that – sometimes I think I should keep the style uniform throughout the post.

      January 5, 2014 at 8:52 pm

      • No way! I love the variation :)

        January 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  2. We agree on poinsettias! The shot before the cactus looks like Q-tips. My favorite is the orange flowers that I can’t remember a name for. The first orchid (also can’t remember the name) is like one I was given that bloomed for 14 solid months. Amazing. Altogether a nice collection of images.

    January 4, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    • I think they’re called Moth Orchids – Phalaenopsis – they do stay on for a good long time. Isn’t it amazing how they’ve taken off and are in every Trader Joe’s and supermarket now? Thanks for your thoughts Gunta! (Yes, absolutely, it’s gotta be a Q-tip flower!)

      January 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  3. Crystal Palace looks amazing, I’d like to visit it someday… ;)

    January 5, 2014 at 1:41 am

    • It’s small, but it’s over 100 years old, which is part of the charm I think.

      January 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  4. Oh, sooo beautiful !

    January 5, 2014 at 2:51 am

  5. Another gorgeous gallery! You make some wonderful choices with your framing and perspectives.

    January 5, 2014 at 3:40 am

  6. an increase of colors …beautiful

    January 5, 2014 at 3:58 am

  7. Such a wonderful place to be in the winter. Fantastic photos!

    January 5, 2014 at 4:15 am

    • Yes, it’s a balm for the soul…or really, it’s just the air I need to breathe.

      January 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

  8. Lynn,
    You have such a fabulous eye! These are all wonderful, but my favorites are the delicate yellow cactus blooms in the foreground and the lights in the background as well as that wonderful bird’s eye view of the round cacti with their wheels of spikes. Now I want to get my Nikon down to the Denver Botanical Gardens! Happy New Year!

    January 5, 2014 at 5:57 am

    • I’m really glad you noticed that one – it was such a cool juxtaposition of flowers and lights with similar shapes & colors. And cacti are such easy, willing subjects! ;-) Yes, go, because I know you’ll do some great work there. I forgot you’re in Denver – or near there

      January 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  9. What an enjoyable way to spend some time out of the wintry chill BB …. how long were you there by the way ;-)
    Love those cool sophisticated greys and pale lemons .

    January 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

    • Soon you’ll be in Hawaii, huh? I can’t wait to see what you bring back!

      January 5, 2014 at 9:00 pm

  10. Great shots and great looking conservatory Lynn!

    January 5, 2014 at 9:43 am

  11. A conservatory is a great place to spend a cold winter’s day. We visited the u.s. Botanic garden conservatory right before Christmas and we had model trains there too! As always, your photos are amazing!

    January 6, 2014 at 7:01 am

  12. A lovely post Lynn – hope your weather isn’t as awful as some of the rest of the US. The photos are all terrific but for some odd reason I’m most drawn to the first shot of the conservatory. Something about the glass panels I think. Anyway, Happy New YEar to you!

    January 6, 2014 at 6:19 pm

  13. What a beautiful place to be! Your macros are absolutely stunning and I love how you processed each one a bit differently!

    January 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  14. So many luscious florals caught in delicious light. Refreshing!

    January 10, 2014 at 3:48 am

  15. Wow. These images are gorgeous. I just melted when you said that you visited the cactus house and the bromeliad house and the palm house! Orchids too! Now, if I die and go anywhere, I hope it’s straight into a conservatory like this one! I enjoyed these images so very much! Thank you.

    January 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  16. Great perspectives! I’d love to see the Bromeliad House.

    January 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

  17. So many wonderful shapes, forms and shades – the cacti have so much life in them!

    January 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

  18. Lovely captures! I can almost smell the humidity.

    January 14, 2014 at 9:41 am

  19. Liana

    It’s so snowy and cold and colorless here…thank you for such a warm, beautiful view of why such places exist! :)

    January 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    • Well, it’s been that way here too – good we all have one another to remind ourselves that other worlds are out there, and ours will change, too! Thanks for commenting!

      January 15, 2014 at 5:42 pm


    February 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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