Garden and Island Photography

June 27th, 2012

In this posting I'm going to share some photographs from two day trips I took last week. The first one was to Martha's Vineyard, Ma. with my sister and two of my cousins and the second, a solo trip to Hartford, Ct.

For those of you who are not familiar with New England, Martha's Vineyard is a lovely little island off the coast of Cape Cod. I've been there a number of times on assignment, but this was the maiden voyage for my companions so I was the designated tour guide. For first timers on a cool, non-beach day, The Campground in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown are must-sees. This Campground is not the one where you and the kids pitch your tent and roast marshmallows, although the original Methodist visitors did pitch their tents there back in the mid 1800's when they came to attend religious camp meetings. By the 1860's and 70's, those tents were quickly  replaced with incredibly fanciful Carpenter Gothic style cottages of which about 300 are remaining today. My suggestion while we were aboard the ferry of going to The Campground was met with a hint of skepticism which disappeared as soon as we entered the enclave of colorful cottages. In contrast to all of that wonderful chaos of purple, orange, red… and riotous detail, we next went to elegant Edgartown and a walk past (and in) the shops and then along the beautiful stately white houses lining Water Street to the Edgartown Lighthouse which happened to be open to visitors, an unanticipated bonus.

My second trip of the week took me to Manchester and West Hartford, Connecticut to photograph two gardens. We were in the middle of a really horrendous heat wave, (welcome to New England, 60° one day, 98° the next) but I was concerned that if I waited a few more days the roses would be too far gone. This was my first time photographing at Wickham Park in Manchester and now that I've seen it, it won't be my last. Scroll down to see images from Wickham's English Garden, Cabin Garden and Sensory Garden. I have been to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford several times, but this was the first time that I hit it when the climbing roses were in all of their glory. It was jaw dropping.

Enjoy!

         

Homes along Water Street in Edgartown.

Backyard of one the stately houses. Hmmm, the view is not too shabby!

 

The view from atop Edgartown Lighthouse.

Dock in Vineyard Haven.

Twilight view taken from the ferry in Vineyard Haven just before our departure.

Above is the Scottish Garden at Wickham Park in Connecticut.

The Sensory Garden

The English Garden

The Cabin Garden

This one above and the two below in the rose garden in Elizabeth Park.

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