This afternoon a gentle snowfall began.  What better time to post about the beautiful Longwood Gardens?  A colleague and I visited there the day after the late January snow/ice storm.  Appropriate to the weather there weren’t many people there.  Because of that Longwood was generous with their tripod usage policy, permitting us to shoot from our tripods after the usual noon cutoff.

The post-holiday theme is orchids and they dominated the scene.  Here’s a simple stalk laden with blooms in harmony with a single fountain jet.

But, there were all sorts of other blossoms such as beds filled with masses of these Rieger begonias.


Longwood veterans will remember the warm, humid orchid room down one of the hallways from the main conservatory.  Even with the overall theme of orchids this room is still a camera stopper.  For this image there was so much light coming from the overhead glass that I found it useful to use a 3G graduated density neutral filter to darken the upper part of the stem.  I’ve gotton away from such filters and tended towards HDR but it can be problematic.  It was fun to use the “grad” here and have good results, even handheld in front if the lens.

Here’s a near-perfect yellow hibiscus.  I saw another last week  in a hedge of hibiscus during my week in Florida, growing well without need of a conservatory.

A restful scene of falling water and delicate orchids.


Finally, a reminder that winter awaited us outside of these lovely gardens. 


  1. Bonnie Rovere Says:

    Beautiful as always! I love the colors in the begonias. I don’t think I have ever seen that shade before.

  2. MikeP Says:

    Very timely Ralph… I can almost feel the humidity. Glad you found the perfect day to shoot there.

  3. Joanna Patterson Says:

    Beautiful colors. Beautiful images during this otherwise fairly dull winter. Great that the normal tripod restriction was lifted for so you could achieve better results all day. I hope to be going there sometime soon again.

  4. Ken Curtis Says:

    One word, Ralph. Stunning!

  5. Marilyn Flagler Says:

    Such beauty! After the gray-brown of Arizona, your array of flowers coloring each scene made my eyes are happy. We did go to the site of 20,000 migrating sandhill cranes and that was awesome!

  6. Susan Angulo Says:


    Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing.

    Send some more.

  7. Jeanne Says:

    Thanks Ralph. Haven’t been to Longwood Gardens for a couple years. We’ll get there soon, after seeing your pictures. Love the orchids.

  8. denisebushphoto Says:

    A great collection of sharp and colorful images!

  9. bob williams Says:

    Thanks for sharing! Bob

  10. L. Berglund Says:

    Longwood is always a joy. Enjoyed your pix..


  11. Margie McGlynn Says:

    Ralph, great photos. Thanks for bringing thoughts of spring and summer on a cold wintry day… Best, Margie

  12. Ralph Berglund Says:

    Thanks, all, for looking and I appreciate the comments. We all need to carve out a day in our lives once in a while to visit this wonderful place. I’ve always described it as enlightened capitalism: With Longwood and Winterthur the duPonts made it possible for us to enjoy things that we would otherwise never see.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.