Showing posts with label The Orchid Show. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Orchid Show. Show all posts

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Opening Weekend: @jeffleatham returns to @nybg for The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope #NYBGOrchidShow

Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, New York Botanical Garden

*Press each photo to make it larger, worth it, I promise*

Jeff Leatham is getting a second chance with a dynamic return to New York Botanical Gardens' Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope. He originally collaborated with New York Botanical Garden in 2020, but because of Pandemic closures, it was closed way too soon! If you are not familiar with Jeff, he is the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris as well as floral designer to the stars, check out his website (his shop is amazing!). If anyone is wondering what to send me for my upcoming birthday in April, check out his arrangement called 'Vanda Envy' - so me!

Jeff Leatham opening remarks Media Day at New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show 

You may remember I featured the 2020 show here on Ascending Butterfly as well as my social media pages.

I was attending The Orchid Show annually well before my blogging days but I have to admit getting a sneak peek of exhibits on Media Day is something I absolutely treasure as a photographer. An amazing guided tour and I also get to take amazing photos because there is less foot traffic. 

Mirrored Kaleidoscope, The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham's Kaleidoscope

Right now the action is in the Enid Haupt Conservatory - so if the cold, wet, grey days are getting you down, head on over to the New York Botanical Garden for instant Spring. The conservatory environment is warm and tropical to keep the plants happy - the show is a feast for your eyes, they don't call it Kaleidoscope for nothing! I hope to be able to return again for Orchid Evenings. (I have always thought this exhibit makes for a wonderful date night - and dress up because the flower backdrop is simply spectacular!)

As usual I took way too many pictures, so as I go editing them I will post more here (more than likely on Wordless Wednesday) and on social (particularly Instagram). Some visual elements are similar to the 2020 show so you can check out that post to see other parts of the exhibit I didn't post here. 

Fountain transformed for The Orchid Show 2022, NYBG

One of my favorite things to see is how the fountain area gets transformed from exhibit to exhibit, this one didn't disappoint. Look up, do you see the pretty robin's egg blue color? I can't begin to describe how much more I love the RAW files to these images. (My blog template restricts me to JPG). Honestly I could sit and listen to the Fountain all day. The New York Botanical Garden is my favorite Urban Oasis! I feel like I can spread my wings in nature, and hearing the sound of the water from the fountain is soothing and calming (I have a video I posted of it on my Instagram, it's like the calm commercial without anyone's voice telling you what to do, LOL!) 

A little fountain trivia: The fountain is encircled by the images of the Three Graces, daughters of Zeus, who presided over banquets, dances and all the social enjoyments and elegant arts. They are Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia.

Nerdy stuff - I edited my photos using both Corel and On1 Photo Software! Your favorite photos also make wonderful zoom backgrounds - bring a little spring to your next virtual meeting!

Readers Sound Off: What is your favorite sign of Spring? Are there any signs of Spring where you are?

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FTC Disclosure: I attended a media preview day event, no monetary compensation has been received. All opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Win a pair of tickets to @NYBG 's The Orchid Show: Orchid Evenings #OrchidNYBG and #SpringIntoPhotography with @Ascending1 #PhotographyChallenge

Orchid Show Signage at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018 #OrchidNYBG
 New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018
Old Man Winter and that groundhog seem to want to  keep New York City in their Vice Grip of cold weather and this butterfly who is a Spring Baby (my birthday is coming up in April) yearns for signs of Spring and sunshine.

I found some amazing signs of Spring at the Media Preview of The Orchid Show at NY Botanical Gardens this week and I can't wait to share!

Daniel Ost Floral Artist New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018 #OrchidNYBG
Daniel Ost, Floral Artist
The annual Orchid Show, now in its 16th year, showcases thousands of dramatically displayed Orchids in the NY Botanical Garden Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series of installations designed by one of the world's leading floral artists, Daniel Ost.  Ost uses flowers as a means of expression and his large-scale artworks were tailored to compliment the landmark Victorian Styled Conservatory and it's an explosion of texture, form and colors!

If you read my last post you know I made the switch from shooting with Canon to shooting with Nikon and that March is "Spring Into Photography" month on Ascending Butterfly to celebrate all things Photography. At this point in my journalism career I am just as much a Photographer as I am a Writer and last year's PDN Photo Plus Expo really got me fired up about upping my photography skills. This event was the inaugural run with my new Nikon and I am definitely happy I made the switch.

Orchid Flower Wall Installation at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018, Daniel Ost, Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Flowers, Flower Wall, Orchid, Orchids
Orchid Flower Wall Installation at New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018
So to celebrate you will see tons of activity on my Instagram so be sure you are following me there. I really want to grow my Instagram a bit more this year as it was one of the last social channels I adopted. All my photos on Instagram this month will be hashtagged: #SpringIntoPhotography and #AscendingButterfly - if you would like to join us add those hashtags to your photos.

There will be fun giveaways in honor of Spring into Photography month, and this one is the first one. Whether it's a Digital Camera or your Smartphone, a good photo is about that combo of hardware and a great subject, and I can't think of a better backdrop for a fun photo challenge.

"Orchid Evenings" from 6:30 - 9:30, combines Music by DJ X-RAY, Cocktails (check out the Dancing Lady Signature Cocktail by Edible Bronx's Head Mixologist), Live Performers and the sublime beauty of the delicate orchids that are allowing visitors to make unique connections on themed 'adult only' evenings that allow for a romantic date night, or even a way for singles to connect and meet. Orchid Evenings are being held Saturdays, March 17, 24, 31, and April 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21 - you are admitted based on the time on your ticket, Entry Times are at 6:30, 7:00 & 7:30 p.m.

$28 for Members and $38 per ticket for non-members, the ticket includes one complimentary beer, wine or cocktail of your choice. Head to the show before your time and hit the gift shop or dine at The Pine Tree Cafe where you can enjoy a special event menu.

If you are into the hashtag trend of taking photos and selfies in front of interesting backdrops like flower walls you are going to LOVE this exhibit, so dress up a bit!

Here's My #FlowerWall #ThinkSpring moment:

Ascending Butterfly #FlowerWal New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show 2018 #OrchidNYBG
A quick video about the exhibit:


Ascending Butterfly and The New York Botanical Garden want to help melt away those winter blues and put some 'Spring' back in your step! Enter to win a pair of passes to Orchid Evenings at The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden! This Giveaway and ends SOON so you will have a better shot at picking the dates you want to go! Prize does NOT include airfare, hotel or transportation and is based on availability.

Use the rafflecopter widget below to place your entries! (If reading this put the widget to sleep you may need to refresh the page again to get the widget to show up for you so you can place your entries.) Remember Orchid Evenings are on Saturday Night's Only, and you must be 21 years of age or older to claim your passes as there are cocktails being served, this is an ADULT ONLY giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway MY TAKE:

The New York Botanical Garden is one of my favorite 'Urban Oasis' places in Bronx, New York. Being there just adds instant zen to my day. I always love attending the Orchid Show annually, it truly gets me looking forward to all things Spring.

Whether you are single and ready to mingle or lost in love, The Orchid Show has a little something for everyone!

Tip for my "Guy Butterflies": If you are planning to get engaged, this is the perfect backdrop for popping the question!

I took almost 300 photos, so check out Ascending Butterfly's Insta and Pinterest during the month of March for Additional Photos, I knew I couldn't get them all into one post.

Have you ever cultivated an orchid? What is your favorite flower?

(Remember you get extra credit in the giveaway for answering this question as a comment below!)

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received to post our recap of the show or host this giveaway, and all opinions are 100% my own!  We were provided media access to the show for editorial consideration. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.