A WALK IN THE PARK

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WILDWOOD PARK BRIDGEWATER, VIRGINIA

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Above – Aruncus and Blue Hosta

I know everyone must think that Wildwood Park in Bridgewater, VA, is the only park that I know to go to. It really does offer everything that you could possibly want to find in a restful and relaxing park setting. Beautiful green setting, a river, dam, waterfall, beautifully maintained walking and bike paths, flowers along the way, pic-nic tables and shelters. It simply hands down is one of the best parks in the valley that I have been to.

Once a month at least I find myself on this side of the valley, the part that I grew up and lived most of my life in, before moving to Elkton, VA.  Here in Elkton we have a river, however no parks as beautifully maintained and designed as Wildwood Park.

Wildwood Park, really has something for everyone, whether you just want a relaxing stroll, sit and read a book, bring your lunch or have a cookout or gathering.  It is the best if you travel with a camera in your hand, as there are always too many choices to do photography. Wildlife abounds, especially in the water with ducks and geese, water birds various times of the year and always the sound of water crashing over the dam.

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I have been asked many times, if the water is actually this shade of blue green? YES, it is, unlike a lot of rivers that are wide open on both sides, this river has a high ridge on the opposite side from the park, rocky and near veritical straight rise with a mixture of diciduous and evergreen trees growing up the steep slopes. The water’s reflections of these tree’s casts the blue green shades across the still waters flowing by. (vertical ridge can be seen in the pictures of the geese on the river above)

The beauty of this park is that no matter how often you go, you can always find something different to look at. For myself it is totally restful. This time, I found the Astilbe’s in bloom as well as the Aruncus, both are beautifully gracefull plants, as you can se the Aruncus are tall and graceful while the Astilbe, are low and dainty, but adds a splash of color in their situations, both very pleasing additions to the landscape. Below are the Astilbe, and Aruncus, at the tope of the post.

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The Solomon’s Seal blooms, but the foliage and growth habit, is very appealing on its own during the season, as are the ferns, offest but the Heuchera (Coral Bells) epecially the golden varieties.

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Above – Tradyscantia and Japanese Painted Fern

NOW ON INSTAGRAM!

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Salvia Gargantua  Salvia Gargantua

Thanks to my good friend Bren Ryan, of Ryan Photography (United Kingdom) for her extreme patience with me, in  getting my Lightroom to Instagram Account set up, so that now I can share pictures/photography on Instagram. It was not hard to do, however when dealing with a not technologically advanced person (ME) it can be complicated.

You can find me on Instagram at

mitchellwebster6302

So far all I have added are flower pictures, however there are many others, of all varieties as well as more to be taken. I look forward to getting out and doing more photography.

Geraniums  Geraniums

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THE FLOWERS WITHIN

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 Flower Bouquet  June 2017 (1 of 24)I like to experiment with flowers as everyone surely knows by now, I am enamered by the beauty deep within a flower, that we do not always see with the naked eye. We miss so much, of the intricate detail that shapes the bloosom from within. These things are small as the veins in the flower, leaves, stems and buds. The anthers, pistols and stamens. It is amazing what we see when we get closer in.

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Yesterday at the store I saw a hydrangea, (a slower I absolutely love) for its subtle tones and soft delicate masses of flowers. I also saw some stately yellow lillies, I love all colors, but yellow reminds me the happy times in life. However, I saw the Eryngium (Sea Holly) I picked this due to its high contrast as compared to the others.

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You can only get better at what you do by practicing, so I shot these flowers this morning early around 7am on my deck in natural bright light, without direct sun, using one or more extension tubes. Finally, the colorful textures and veining of the Caladiums. I am sure I am not done with the flowers from this bouquet, as I just replaced my camera card this morning and it says I have room for 1,100 images. I am really surprised at how many RAW files fit on a single card.

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FLOWERS FROM THE CONTAINER GARDEN

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Deck Flowers June 2017 (1 of 21)This year we have had so many cloudy and rainy days, some flowers like the geraniums, which should be ramping up into constant bloom, due to warmer night temperatures in the upper 60’s and 70’s are just sitting idle, once in a while putting out a single bloom here and there.  So many cloudy/rainy days, the plants themselves are doing fine, but very few blossoms.

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Deck Flowers June 2017 (12 of 21)There are some which seem uneffected by the weather, the white sweet allysum, blue lobelia, gerbera daisies, and salvia gargantua. While portulacca loves sun and heat and only blooms on days which are very bright or sunny, seems to be doing fine. The Rex begonia and Japanese Painted fern, seems to revel in the cooler cloudy weather, though I do miss the masses of geranium blossoms.

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Deck Flowers June 2017 (7 of 21)The three varieties of elephant ears and caladiums seem to like this weather as well. Sunday was just a leisurely day with the camera and tripod out, seeing what I could get from the flowers on the deck.

Deck Flowers June 2017 (19 of 22)At first I thought this little wasp, was being a huge annoyance, however it ended up trying to tell me that he wanted to be included in with the flower photography that day, as soon as I aimed the camera on the railling he landed and held really still for me to put on the extension tubes and lens and sat there very patiently and let me take its picture, then he flew away.

Below are yellow Gerbera Daisy & yellow Lantana

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