Tower Hill Botanical Gardens

Tower Hill Botanical Gardens


I recently joined two fabulous photographers for a photo walk at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in Boylston, MA.  The botanical gardens are just waking up from a long cold winter and the daffodils were in full bloom.  The gardens have two greenhouses on site L’Orangerie and the Limonaia House.  My photography companions were.

Alison Borrelli and Lollie Weeks

Photographer Alison Borelli of Alison Borelli Photography captured some amazing shots.
Photographer Alison Borrelli of Alison Borrelli Photography captured some amazing shots. I love how she found unexpected color and contrast in her shots. You can see more of her photos here
Photographer Lollie Weeks of Fortuitous Housewife. I love how Lollie's photos are crystal clear.  Her closeups are gorgeous.
Photographer Lollie Weeks of Fortuitous Housewife. I love how Lollie’s photos are crystal clear. Her closeups are gorgeous. You can see more of Lollie’s photos here

I had done photography for many years starting in middle school.  I was a black and white girl.  Even on paper I was a pen and ink person because what I see best are shadows and shapes.  Colour freaks me out a bit.  It’s so complicated.  I’ve been using my digital camera for many years, but I have not made any attempt to go beyond point and shoot. Recently, though I went to Blog Beautiful from Blog Better Boston and learned a bit more about my camera thanks to Third Eye Chic and Hogger & Co.

Many of the trees and flowers are just beginning to bud.

My goal for this photo walk was to play a little with Shutter speed priority (S) and Aperture priority (A) on my Nikon camera.  Here are a few of my favourites. I wish my focus was a little better on most of them and the very bright light was both a blessing and a curse.

I haven’t learned the names of any of the flowers, so I’m no help there. This tree is right at the entrance near the parking lot and a beautiful covered gazebo. A great place to gather one’s thoughts before or after a stroll through the gardens.
I believe these are orchids. These are in L’Orangerie and I love in this photo how the kumquats are a nice vibrant orange peeking through.
This flower reminds me of Waltz of the Flowers in the Nutcracker. I could swear the costume designer for Boston Ballet’s new Nutcracker really studied flowers before making their long romantic tutus.
I like how paper thin these flower petals are. The light shines right through them.


Depending where you stood and the angle of your photo this field of daffodils looked both plentiful and sparse, full and patchy. What I loved most about the field of daffodils was seeing the different colours: white, yellow, pale yellow, orange, and green.
I have never noticed a star shape on daffodils before.


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See some more professional photos over on Lollie’s blog and read about her take on the Tower Hill Botanical Garden Photo walk. 

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