Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Frelinghuysen Arboretum










I took a little time to wander around Frelinghuysen Arboretum last month.  We are so lucky to have such a beautiful garden nearby.  Here is a little bit of history, as written by the Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum:

George G. Frelinghuysen, a patent attorney and son of Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, Secretary of State under president Chester A. Arthur, was married in 1881 to Sara Ballantine of Newark. She was the granddaughter of the founder of the P. Ballantine Brewing Company.
In 1891 the couple commissioned the Boston architectural firm of Rotch & Tilden to construct a summer home and carriage house on property they named Whippany Farm for the river nearby. The Colonial Revival style is evident in such details as the Federal urns and swags, Ionic columns on the porte-cochere and the large Palladian window on the second floor landing.
The family only lived here during the summer months. In the winter they resided at 1 Sutton Place in New York City. The property was a working farm. Vegetables and flowers were grown for the family's consumption and sent to them in New York City via train. There were greenhouses, several barns and some smaller houses on the property. Some servants lived on the property year around.
George Frelinghuysen died in 1936 and Sara Frelinghuysen died in 1940. This property was left to their only daughter, Matilda (1887-1969). Miss Frelinghuysen had an interest in gardening and was a member of the Garden Club of Morristown. In 1964, she began plans for turning the estate into an arboretum. Upon her death the land and house was bequeathed to the people of Morris County for the use as a public arboretum. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum was dedicated in 1971.
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Belle





As  some of you probably know, I have a small portrait photography business here in New Jersey.  I thought I would share a little bit of this session with you, as I've been very busy shooting and editing for the past few weeks.

Belle is only four  years old, but she is a wonderful model, and a real sweetheart!  We went through several costume changes, as you can see, and she was so patient and polite through it all.  Thank you, Belle, for helping to make my photographic vision come true!  :)

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Kensington Palace







I don't know what is wrong with me lately.  I keep forgetting about Mosaic Monday!  This week, I do have something of an excuse -- with the holiday weekend here in the United States, I just forgot what day it is.  :)

Anyway, here are a few photos from our trip to London last month.  This is Kensington Palace -- specifically, the King's State Apartments, sumptuously decorated in the reign of George II and Queen Caroline.  The Queen's State Apartments were closed for renovations, so I will just have to go back to visit them, right?  ;)

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Chinese Dogwood







It's been a bit of a busy week here, and somehow I totally forgot about Mosaic Monday!  But, better late than never, right?  So, here we go...

Our Chinese Dogwood tree was absolutely loaded with blossoms this year.  I guess maybe it was all the precipitation we had this winter?  Anyway, I'm so glad I got the chance to go out and shoot them while they lasted.  :)

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Hyde Park Rose Garden








Last year when my daughter and I went to London, the rose garden at Hyde Park was not quite in bloom yet.  This year, it was blooming with exuberant abandon.  The fragrance was amazing!  My family took a short break from our epic, eight-mile sightseeing hike to let me shoot a few photos.  :)  Such a beautiful garden!

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Kensington Gardens







So we took a last-minute trip to London at the beginning of June, and here are some photos from the Kensington Palace sunken gardens.  We stayed in a fabulous flat that we rented from onefinestay, located a few blocks from the palace.  I would highly recommend onefinestay -- they provided great customer service, and living in a flat for a week makes you feel like a native.  It was a wonderful experience!

I love the fact that anyone can walk right up to the gates of the palace in Kensington Park, too.  There were families picnicking, office workers walking through the park on their lunch hour, and tourists like us just enjoying the beautiful day.  We couldn't actually go in the sunken garden, but you could view it from above.  I do have some photos from the King's State Apartments in the palace itself.  I will share them at a later date.

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mosaic Monday: Lovely Spring







It's been a crazy busy spring here, between our little "weather event" and my daughter's college graduation, not to mention a weekend filled with three portrait sessions.

I feel like spring is passing me by.

I took a few minutes earlier in the week to take the camera out and shoot some of the flowers currently blooming in our garden.  We've got pink rhododendron and white azaleas, Siberian iris in both blue and white, and a shrub with little white, highly fragrant flowers.  I think it is sweet olive, but I'm not sure.  All I know is that it smells divine, and it's fragrance wafts in the bedroom window at night.

I love spring.

I'm going to take the next two weeks off to regroup, and to enjoy the rest of spring.  See you on June 15th.  :)

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