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.
There was a whole room full of cactus. One of the photographers quipped it was the “don’t bend over room”.
I swear some of the plants looked carnivorous and ready to grab an unsuspecting passerby.
I do not want you to think I ignored the flowering plants so here is a nice red one.
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.