I need me some tulips!!
It’s a rainy, foggy, just generally dreary day here in CNY. Just as the weatherman predicted. Why is he only wrong when he says it’s going to be sunny??
So I am in the mood for some nice sunny flowers. How great for me that it’s tulip season. Actually it was tulip season last week – this past weekend’s rain put a beat down on the tulips but I’m not going to let that stop me!!
All of these shots were taken at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY. MacKenzie-Childs is actually a store that specializes in furniture and ceramic pottery but they have also spent a lot of time (and I’m sure money) making the grounds of their Aurora, NY shop spectacular. Their head gardener (not sure if that’s her technical title) keeps a blog that you can visit here. I love to stop by at least once per season to see what they’ve got planted and is blooming – they do an amazing job. While you’re there you should stop by their shop – their merchandise is a colorful and eclectic mix that is displayed brilliantly.
First I wanted to give a shout out to Views Infinitum who did a post a couple weeks back about the usage of selective color. I love this look – but for some reason I don’t use it very often – I guess I just don’t think of it. I created mine a little differently than Scott – I use Photoshop Elements 8.0 and I used a black and white gradient map adjustment layer with the one purple tulip cut out of the layer to create this effect. I’m not sure I like the cropping – what do you think?
That’s a beautiful brick driveway that transverses the property that you can see behind this row of tulips.
In a future post I will have to include pictures of the restored home and the barns that are on the property as well as the animals. I blogged about their Scottish cattle here – and they have baby lambs as well that I’m saving for a future post. And they have a peacock!!! Someday I’m going to see him open his feathers…..
Everything on the property has been lovingly restored, or rebuilt to blend in with the period. It’s a beautiful spot to visit – and the lake views aren’t bad either!!