A view of the rolling hills and winding roads of the picturesque Green-Wood Cemetery. A rare retreat in the centre of Brooklyn.
Posted in Colour, Landscape, Nature, Travel, tagged Art, Brooklyn, Cemeteries, Green-Wood Cemetery, History, Landscape, Nature, Photoblog, Photography, Photos, Travel, United States on November 30, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Colour, Landscape, Nature, Travel, tagged Art, Brooklyn, Cemeteries, Green-Wood Cemetery, History, Holidays, Landscape, Nature, Photoblog, Photography, Photos, thanksgiving, Travel, United States on November 24, 2011 | 1 Comment »
I find it appropriate on Thanksgiving to share this image I took while touring the historical Green-Wood Cemetery. There are quite a few American heroes buried here including those that fell in the civil war as well as the more recent victims of 9/11, including a very poignant grave of three firefighters who were best friends. I have always thought of Thanksgiving as a time to remember those who have made extreme sacrifices for their country so that all of us can continue to enjoy the freedom and founding values of democracy. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!‘
Posted in Architecture, Colour, Nature, tagged architecture, Art, Brooklyn, Cemetery, Green-Wood, Landscape, Life, Mausoleum, Nature, Photoblog, Photography, Trees on November 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
More views of the ancient trees throughout the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. I love how these trees are aging with the mausoleums and grave sites to the point were they intertwine with the Victorian architecture. Trees and architecture, my favorite subjects to shoot!
Posted in Colour, Landscape, Nature, tagged Art, Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Inspiration, Landscape, Nature, New York, Photoblog, Photographs, Photography, Photos, Travel, Trees, United States on November 22, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Colour, Landscape, Nature, tagged Art, Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Landscape, Life, National Historic Landmark, Photoblog, Photography, Photos, Travel on November 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
A little bit of history about Green-Wood from their site: Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By 1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked to Green-Wood to enjoy family outings, carriage rides and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a historic walking tour of Green-Wood cemetery, a national historic landmark in Brooklyn. It was a beautiful fall day, and I could not believe the extent and historic value of this famous cemetery, over 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths containing the largest outdoor collection of 19th and 20th century stauary and mausoleums. Our knowledgeable guide, Ruth Edebohls, showed us extravagant mausoleums and grave sites belonging such local celebrities as the first Brooklyn baseball player to become famous, those who perished in the Titanic and Lusitania, as well as many artists and civil war heroes. At one point in history, during the late 1800s, Green-Wood was tied with Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist destination in America! I highly recommend taking in this historic Brooklyn landmark, and it seems there is always some tour going on (they even have their own bright green trolleys!); its public programming is really quite extensive. Stay tuned, more photos to follow!
Here is little blurb from their site: Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
Posted in Architecture, Colour, Landscape, Nature, Travel, tagged Adobe, architecture, Art, Cotswold, England, Landscape, Life, lightroom, Nature, Photoblog, Photography, Photos, Travel on October 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
As part of my trial with Adobe’s Lightroom, I have been importing some of my later photography from trips I took in 2009. One of the trips was to the Cotswolds region of England – a beautiful, picturesque countryside steeped in history and barely touched by industrialization. Popular towns such as Bath are located here, and the rich and famous often have cottages in the Cotswolds used as retreats to escape the hectic pace of London (only several hours away). I just loved the old stone architecture combined with English style country gardens – quite lovely and very English!
The other day while walking home in Riverside, Toronto, I noticed this tree that was displaying the most beautiful colours on its leaves, and was still quite full and vibrant. I didn’t have my camera on me (shame!), but the very next day I went back and snapped this shot. I hadn’t actually noticed the red leaves of the tree in front until I was positioning my camera for the perfect shot, and saw this lovely contrast. So glad I was able to capture some of the beautiful change of seasons we have here in Canada. Autumn is my favourite time of year!