Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mosaic Monday: Rose Garden

When my friend Toni and I went to see the Monet exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden last month, we were thrilled to discover that the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden was in full bloom.  Here are just a few of the many, many photos I took that afternoon.  Click on the link to see a photo of the entire garden from above.  It is an amazing place to visit on a sunny afternoon -- the air is filled with perfume and the drone of happy insects. :)

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1. Publish your Mosaic Monday post. The post may be about any subject you wish. The only stipulation is that it include a collage, or mosaic of photos.
2. Once it is published, click on the title of the post. This will lead you to the static link for your post. The static link is the page with only that post on it. Copy the url from your browser at the top of the page.
3. Paste the url into the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
4. Type your name in the appropriate inlinkz box in this post.
5. Click on "Enter."
6. Please link back to this Mosaic Monday post so that your readers can find other wonderful mosaics.

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  1. Beautiful photos as always Mary...I would love to see this exhibit!

  2. Some stunning specimens, love the covered gazebo structure.

  3. Amazing images. The roses are wonderful Mary and you captured them perfectly.

  4. Gorgeous shots Mary. I can smell them from here.

  5. It must have been so glorious, Mary! Sometimes I think it's sad that I didn't really appreciate the beauty of a rose until I was older. Now I cannot get enough of them! Glad it was a wonderful trip with a friend : )

  6. The roses are spectacular and I did look at the linked photo. Amazing! (I hope you and your family are doing well.)

  7. How beautiful and serene they are!!!

  8. Wow, what magnificent photos. It makes me want to go to New York tomorrow. thank you for the rose garden inspiration, Mary. The best part of June.


  9. What an amazing garden of flowers! I love the candy stripped roses!

  10. Mary, the botanical garden is in fine form. I imagine that it is nothing short of a photographer's paradise.

  11. Beautiful gardens. I love the iron gazebo with all the roses over it. Thanks for hosting! Blessings, Pamela

  12. Love seeing all the beautiful roses - Thanks for sharing them with us.
    I did not get a post ready for this week, but want to say "Thanks for hosting again this week".
    Have a great week!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous Mary. I love the rose covered gazebo. Thanks for hosting.

  14. Beautiful images Mary! Thanks for hosting!

  15. Your photos are always absolutely to die for.

  16. What a beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

  17. That candy-striped rose is sensational. What beauty! Thanks for sharing with us.

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  20. Mary,

    Your roses are stunning. I love the gazebo and your red and white striped rose.

    Yael from

  21. What a beautiful garden to visit. Lovely roses, Mary!

  22. Your photos are just MAGNIFICENT!! I love how each one just stands out and presents it's self!! Is this through Photoshop? It's amazing how your present them!!!
    Have a beautiful day,

    1. Hi Brenda, Thanks so much for your kind comment! I do use Photoshop, mainly to add a texture to my images. The textures I've been using lately are from Jessica Drossin. If you google her, you will find her textures for sale. I also shoot wide open, with my 50mm lens set at an aperture of 1.4. This allows me to place the focus narrowly on the subject. Lastly, I have my in-camera picture control set to "Vivid." This helps to give me colors that pop.

      Hope this helps. Maybe I will do a post about editing with before and after pictures. I'm not sure how many people would want to see that, though, if they are not using Photoshop... Anyway, thanks again! xoxo

  23. Hello Mary,
    Beautiful gardens and mosaics.

  24. Beautiful place. I love the yellow roses. I will have to get me some of those. I only have the red.

  25. Oh, my goodness!!! But, Of course you went to the Monet exhibit.... I heard about it through an email from the Met museum and I've been aching to go! Just last night my mom said....what's a four hour there and four hour back commute - it's doable????!!!!! =/

    The roses, here, are just lovely, too....I'm sure it's not quite the same thing ;) but the air is perfumed. Glorious!

    Anyway, I'm somewhat determined to find a garden to visit, here, in Vermont. There must be something, I'm just not looking hard enough (yet) and in the right place. In the meantime, thanks so much for sharing about your adventure! =]


  26. This is gorgeous! I could spend hours there - love your mosaics. I appreciate you hosting,

  27. I absolutely loved the last two posts on Monet. He is probably my favorite painter. I could look at his work for hours.
    This is my first time joining Mosaic Monday. I love mosaics but often forget to make them. Maybe I will do better.
    Thanks for hosting, Ginger

  28. What a lovely place to visit! I'll bet it did smell heavenly! :)

  29. WOW Amazing photos once again! Great work!

  30. Thank you so much for these shares, I never even knew that this garden in NY existed, until your last post. Just amazing beauty. That striped beauty, needs to show it self in my garden, gorgeous~

  31. Hi Mary -- I am trying to wrap up a few garden chores today, before that killer heat kicks in. Ugh.
    However -- I do bless the decision we made when we bought this house to install central air. Never had it before -- that old Puritan ethic kept me from indulging in such a luxury! that, and not being able to afford it. :-P

    But now that we have it .. oh my. I am a fan.
    Yes, it does mean I go outside less often on really HOT HOT days, but I realized I stayed inside with fans anyway on really HOT HOT days.

    We have been having a gorgeous late spring, though .. except for a bit too many clouds.
    Like today.

    LOVE the rose pictures. Roses are so amazingly varied and beautiful. I wish I were better at growing them, but I have resorted this year to putting in some Knockout Roses as I understand they are fool proof. So we'll see if they survive THIS fool.

    Also -- I've been meaning to say that yours is one of the few blogs I visit for the pictures as they are always so beautiful and, well -- dreamy. I am awed at how much you have learned and how sophisticated your photography is -- it was always good, now it is great.

    Alida and Josh are coming for a visit beginning Friday night. Not a long one -- back to Los Angeles on July 3 -- and during this visit "home" Alida will buzz everywhere visiting friends, and also fill the house with people, as that's what she does, so it will be a busy time. I don't think I'll actually see too much of them, but it will be nice to have them under our roof -- at least for a few of those days!

    Happy summer!

  32. Gorgeous! and did I say that I love your new music? My family is heavily it speaks to my soul....smiles

  33. I am so completely jealous! I would absolutely love to see this but there really isn't any spare time this month:( Thanks for taking me there with your pictures!

  34. Gorgeous roses! I can smell them all the way down here!

  35. Oh my gosh, those yellow/orange/gold ones are Gorgeous!
    I bet they smell too. I hate that roses have lost their wonderful smells just to be so pretty.

  36. Beautiful photographs! These flowers look really lovely in print, I wonder how lovelier they’ll look like in real life. It’s impressive how people managed to grow splendid plants like that. Passion and love for the environment must be one factor that makes them really skilled and proficient in gardening.

    Elizaveta Kramer


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