Feb 5th, 2012

Photographing the Garden

by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Mocking bird & cardinal at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Photo by Micah Chelf

Mocking bird & cardinal at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Photo by Micah Chelf

Plants and wildlife go together like peanut butter & jelly.  At  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, not only do we have great wildlife  like groundhogs, turtles and snakes and also plenty of  birds.  We have birdfeeders throughout the Garden, and also a bird trail.  Last year we had  regular visits from a bald eagle in Children’s Garden looking for fish in Lakeside Lake.  We regularly see beautiful large blue herons and hawks.

This fall, the Garden hosted our first ever Photography Day in the Garden, featuring a full day of workshops by renowned local professional photographers  on various aspects of photography.   Micah Chelf, one of the participants, and a student at Chesterfield Technical Center under teacher Lynda Richardson,  took this  photo of a Northern mocking bird  and a cardinal feasting on berries.  Great photo, huh? My guess is that being a bird photographer take much more focus and patience than being a plant photographer (the subject I’m used to).  Kudos to those who can capture natures winged wonders with such finesse.  If you are like me, and perhaps could learn a bit more about how to best photograph nature (so you can be a star on Pinterest) you might want to look into the many photography class offerings at the Garden, all taught by nationally recognized nature photographer, Lynda Richardson.

*Photographing Winter’s Wonders Short Course / February 9, 11, 16 The winter landscape is a visual feast of texture and subtle color; learn to make the most of it

*Advanced Flash Clinic / March 15, 17, 22, 24, 29  NEW Go in-depth to learn how to use this important tool for successful photographs

*Making the Most of Your Digital Camera / April 18, 21, 25, 28, May 2  Master your digital camera by going beyond the basics

And good news! Photography Day, will be back again this fall —  tentatively scheduled for October 20, 2012.  Stay tuned for more info.

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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