Saturday, December 28, 2013

Last Post

Virginia Historical Highway Marker by bahayla

Virginia Historical Highway Marker, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
For the last post on this photo blog, created to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Norfolk Botanical Garden, I have posted a photo of the Virginia Historical Highway Marker located behind the old administration building. The photo was take on October 27, 2013.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child by bahayla

Madonna and Child, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
According to the old tour script this sculpture of the Madonna and Child is the work of an Italian sculptor named Amleto Cataldi. It is located in what we used to call the Purity Garden, surrounded by white flowering camellias. This photo has been somewhat altered in Photoshop, with the background blurred to give it the impression of a narrow depth of field and a subtle introduction of a lighting effect. The original photo was taken on October 27, 2013.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens by bahayla

Peter Paul Rubens, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Last, but not least, among the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that line the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on October 27, 2013.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn by bahayla

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on October 27, 2013.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni

One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on October 27, 2013.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Phidias

Phidias by bahayla

Phidias, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on August 29, 2013.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

City of Norfolk

City of Norfolk by bahayla

City of Norfolk, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One morning we came down to the boat basin and discovered that someone had untied a couple of the tour boats. Photo taken in mid to late 1990s.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Spring Day

Spring Day by bahayla

Spring Day, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Azaleas bloom around the boat basin under an azure sky. This photo was taken on a spring day in the late 1990s, between the completion of Baker Hall and the beginning of construction on the Education Building.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Lone Pine Garden

Lone Pine Garden by bahayla

Lone Pine Garden, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
The Lone Pine Garden from NATO Hill. This canal side garden featured tulips in the spring and annuals during the summer. It was named for the single pine growing in one of the beds. Most of this area is now covered with the Matson Perennial Garden. Photo taken in 1990s.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friendship Pond

Friendship Pond by bahayla

Friendship Pond, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This pond adjacent to the Renaissance Garden/Coronation Court area of the garden was named in honor of the friendship between the nations of the NATO Alliance. One of the old tour trains can be seen in the background. Photo taken in the 1990s.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tiziano Vecellio "Titian"

Tiziano Vecellio "Titian" by bahayla

Tiziano Vecellio "Titian", a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on October 27, 2013.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thomas Crawford

Thomas Crawford by bahayla

Thomas Crawford, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Thomas Crawford is the only American featured in the collection, and is best known for the Statue of Freedom on top of the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC. Photo taken on October 27, 2013.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Weeping Cherry Tree

Weeping Cherry Tree by bahayla

Weeping Cherry Tree, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
A Weeping Cherry Tree blooms next to the Boat Basin. The Baker Hall Visitor Center is under construction in the background. Photo taken in Spring of 1995.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Canal

Canal by bahayla

Canal, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Shot of the East Canal from the tour boat, looking under the new Rose Garden Bridge. Photo taken on September 14, 2013.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Tour Boat

Tour Boat by bahayla

Tour Boat, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Pontoon style tour boats have replaced the old steel barges of the past. Because they cannot fit through the Cobblestone Bridge the tours leave and enter through the East Canal. Photo taken on April 27, 2013.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NATO Vista II

NATO Vista II by bahayla
NATO Vista II, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Blooming Bradford Pear Trees line the NATO Vista. Photo taken in early 1990s.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rabbit

Rabbit by bahayla

Rabbit, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Seen in the Holly Garden. Photo taken in late 1990s.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bicentennial Rose Garden II

Bicentennial Rose Garden II by bahayla

Bicentennial Rose Garden II, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Roses bloom at the Bicentennial Rose Garden, which was dedicated in 1976 to honor the 200th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Photo taken on May 26, 2013.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Spirit Bridge

Spirit Bridge by bahayla

Spirit Bridge, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This stone bridge was installed as part of the renovation of the Japanese Garden in 1995, replacing this wooden bridge. One interpretation of the Spirit Bridge suggests that ghosts can't follow one across it because they cannot pass over moving water and cannot move sideways and thus are blocked by the split bridge. Photo taken on September 14, 2013.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Twin Dawn Redwoods II

Twin Dawn Redwoods II by bahayla

Twin Dawn Redwoods II, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
These Twin Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) grow next to each other in an area between the Flowering Arboretum and the Baker Overlook. According to garden lore, the trees were not supposed to be planted so close to one another, but the saplings had taken root where they were being stored while awaiting final placement. Native to China, the Dawn Redwood is an ancient tree species, dating back to the Mesozoic Era. Photo taken on August 29, 2013.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Antonio Canova

Antonio Canova by bahayla

Antonio Canova, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on August 29, 2013.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Red Tailed Hawk

One of several Red-tailed Hawks to make a home at the garden over the years. Photo taken in early 2000s.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Canada Geese

Canada Geese by bahayla

Canada Geese, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Canada Geese taking flight from Lake Whitehurst. Photo taken on September 14, 2013.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Pirate Cove

Pirate Cove by bahayla

Pirate Cove, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Flag above the Pirate Cove, a pirate themed play area in the garden that features a large pile of sand for children to dig in. Posted today in honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Photo taken on March 22, 2013.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Foxglove

Foxglove by bahayla

Foxglove, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Digitalis purpurea. Leaves of this plant are the source of the heart medicine digoxin, (also called digitalis or digitalin). Photo taken on May 26, 2013.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mermaid

Mermaid by bahayla

Mermaid, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of several Mermaids on display throughout Norfolk, Virginia, part of an art/community project launched in 1999. Photo taken in early 2000s.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NATO Vista

NATO Vista by bahayla

NATO Vista, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Blooming Crape Myrtles line the NATO Vista. NATO Vista, Tower and Bridge are named for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a Cold War military alliance between the US, Canada and several European nations that was celebrated annually for over four decades with the International Azalea Festival. Each year the festival culminated in the coronation of an Azalea Queen at the garden's Coronation Court. Photo taken on August 3, 2013.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Eagle Sculpture

Eagle Sculpture by bahayla

Eagle Sculpture, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This 200-year-old sculpture of an eagle sits in front of Lake Whitehurst at the end of the Statuary Vista. Photo taken on August 29, 2013.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci by bahayla

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the statues created by Sir Moses Ezekiel that lines the garden's Statuary Vista. Photo taken on February 15, 2013.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Twin Dawn Redwoods

Twin Dawn Redwoods by bahayla

Twin Dawn Redwoods, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
These Twin Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) grow next to each other in an area between the Flowering Arboretum and the Baker Overlook. According to garden lore, the trees were not supposed to be planted so close to one another, but the saplings had taken root where they were being stored while awaiting final placement. Native to China, the Dawn Redwood is an ancient tree species, dating back to the Mesozoic Era. Photo was taken on August 29, 2013.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Great Egret

Great Egret by bahayla

Great Egret, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
A Great Egret (Ardea alba) fishing from the canal bank. Photo taken in 1990's.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Giant Swallowtail II

Giant Swallowtail II by bahayla

Giant Swallowtail II, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Papilio [Heraclides] cresphontes. Photo taken in Butterfly House on August 3, 2013.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary by bahayla
Gulf Fritillary, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Agraulis vanillae. Photo taken in Butterfly House on August 3, 2013.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Broken Oak

Broken Oak by bahayla
Broken Oak, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
A Southern Red Oak severely damaged by Hurricane Isabel. Photo take in September of 2003.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Glass Dandelion

Glass Dandelion by bahayla

Glass Dandelion, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
One of the glass sculptures on display as part of the Reflections of Nature collection that artist Craig Mitchell Smith created for the Garden's 75th anniversary. Photo taken on June 29, 2013.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground by bahayla

Breaking Ground, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
This bronze statue, Breaking Ground, stands in the WPA Memorial Garden as a tribute to the 220 African American women and men who cleared ground and planted azaleas as part of the Works Progress Administration Program that created the Norfolk Azalea Garden (later the Norfolk Municipal Garden and Norfolk Botanical Garden). Photo taken on April 27, 2013.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Crape Myrtles in Bloom

Crape Myrtles in Bloom by bahayla

Crape Myrtles in Bloom, a photo by bahayla on Flickr.
Pink flowering crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia) trees bloom along this garden path across the canal from the Rose Garden. Photo taken on August 3, 2013.