View 166: Winter Flowers

Flowers blooming in the middle of a New York winter in a SUNY-ESF greenhouse in Syracuse.

Flowers blooming in the middle of winter in a SUNY-ESF greenhouse on top of Illick Hall in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 560, EV +0.3.

I know I have been complaining about all the snow upstate New York has gotten this winter.  Thankfully, I got a taste of exotic places over the weekend when I attended the Syracuse Photographers Association meetup at my college alma mater, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry (SUNY-ESF). ESF has greenhouses on the top of Illick Hall which has species of trees, flowers and other flora from all over the world.  Walking into each greenhouse was a treat for my nose.  The warmth and humidity a delight to my dry skin from the long cold winter.

While I am not big into photographing flowers, the greenhouses had some plants with attitude. I have no idea what any of these are called so, please, do not ask. These were all taken using the Nifty-Fifty, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D lens, and then cropped square for composition. 

Nikon D700/50mm, 1/100s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0

There was a whole room full of cactus.  One of the photographers quipped it was the “don’t bend over room”.

Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV +0.3

I swear some of the plants looked carnivorous and ready to grab an unsuspecting passerby.

Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 360, EV +0.3

I do not want you to think I ignored the flowering plants so here is a nice red one.

Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/8, ISO 280, EV +0.3

I did a lot of experimenting during my time at the ESF Greenhouses which I will be sharing with you in the very near future.


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27 Responses to View 166: Winter Flowers

  1. burstmode says:

    Lovely array of tropical flowers. They must brighten up your snowy, cold days. I think I could get lost in there.


  2. “Plants with attitude”… love this expression as well as visiting greenhouses. What beautiful macros of those flowers and plants. Impressive thorns !


  3. Can’t wait for that assignment! 😉
    My favorite of these is the cactus shot. The flowers in the first one are really pretty, hope you got a shot of them with your close-up filter, too!


  4. Jennifer A (Bread and Putter) says:

    Oh wow! Greenhouses at this time of year are the best. I have to make it over to the Smith College greenhouse sometime over the next few weekends – they have a bulb show in the spring that is amazing!


  5. plainmama says:

    That yellow cactus shot is devine!! Well done!


  6. milkayphoto says:

    Greenhouses are always so warm and humid..instantly takes you back to sunnier days!

    I think the first plant is scented geranium and the second is a dracaena ‘variegta’. By far, the third shot is the best of the group. Excellent off-center composition and it has a fantastic 3D quality.


  7. Robin says:

    Greenhouses in winter are one of my favorite places to be (for all the reasons you mentioned).

    You have a lovely collection of colorful plants and flowers here. 🙂


  8. kiwidutch says:

    Wow, that first cactus shot is amazing! (and you think you can’t photograph plants? I think you certainly CAN!) Well done indeed 🙂


  9. Karma says:

    Love what you did with the cactus shot – it looks like you are spiralling down into it. I love greenhouses! One of my favorite places to be when it is too cold for the beach!


  10. Gerry says:

    I admire those fierce orange claws, yes indeed I do. You could probably make a whole catalog of Bizarre Botanicals for Syracuse!


  11. Nye says:

    The cactus photo is very neat, looks like strange insects crawling. I have to pay more attention the next time I visit Biltmore.


  12. flandrumhill says:

    That green is such a delight for the eyes. It truly is a soothing color.

    The way you photographed the cactus makes it look like a desert sun to great effect. As for the nasty man eating plant… I hope you got away without it getting a bite off you.


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