New Beginnings – Spring Flowers at Reader Rock Garden

 In Fine Art Photography, Flowers, Photography, Travel

Calgary has been blessed with a very early, and mild spring. Unlike last May’s blog post, this one brings us brilliant blooms.

Reader Rock Gardens is a local legacy park, lovingly restored over the past few years. It’s open from sunrise to sunset and is free admission!

Saturday night was a beautiful calm evening, and whilst my own garden got cleaned up and turned over, blossoms were nowhere near ready. Having seen spring bloom images popping up in several of the photograpy forums I follow, Reader was calling my name. This park is in the beltline of downtown Calgary – a little oasis among urban architecture, and less than 30 minutes from home.

Claire, my daughter, and I loaded Ohinga, our senior dog, into the car ‘just for the ride’, and headed out for a wander. She had a photography project for a high school class that this could contribute to. Ohinga had other ideas about the purpose of the mission and exuded great enthusiasm for viewing the scenery with us. Despite extremely bad arthritis in her hips and looking very stiff earlier in the day, she bounced out of the car and immediately bee-lined into squirrel alert mode, faithfully following every meandering path we took, and stopping patiently while we happily snapped away.

Double Flowering Plum bud.

Double Flowering Plum bud.

Double Flowering Plum

Double Flowering Plum

Pusatilla (Prairie Crocus or Pasque Flower)

Pusatilla (Prairie Crocus or Pasque Flower) – one of our first signs of spring.

Seed head from the Prairie Crocus.

Seed head from the Prairie Crocus.

Primula

Primula

A little closer view of the Primula

A little closer view of the Primula

The elegance of a single Tulip

The elegance of a single Tulip

Crabapple blossom.

Crabapple blossom.

One of the most glorious Bearded Iris I've seen!

One of the most glorious Bearded Iris I’ve seen!

Delicate Columbines (Aquilegia)

Delicate Columbines (Aquilegia)

Nothing says spring like Bleeding Hearts

Nothing says spring like Bleeding Hearts

Or Elephant Ears (aka Bergenia)

Or Elephant Ears (aka Bergenia)

I've been told these are another Primula.

I’ve been told these are another Primula.

The inner workings of a Prairie Crocus.  More vibrant thanks to the evening light.

The inner workings of a Prairie Crocus. More vibrant thanks to the evening light.

Moss Phlox

Moss Phlox

A hot pink Moss Phlox

A hot pink Moss Phlox

New pine cones beginning.

New pine cones beginning.

Ohinga waiting patiently for the two photographers to finish!

Ohinga waiting patiently for the two photographers to finish!

And a slight detour home for a promising sunset at Edworthy Park.

And a slight detour home for a promising sunset at Edworthy Park.

Reader Rock Gardens change year around. In a month or so the peonies will be in full bloom. Summer and fall bring vibrant colours in a tranquil setting. Well worth a visit!

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  • Cathy
    Reply

    Suzan, these flower photos are fabulous. I love them all, but especially the Columbines, the seed heads from the Prairie Crocus, the Pusatilla and the double flowering plum. I love them all. They really did make my day. Thanks for the gift of them. 🙂

    • SuzanMcEvoy
      Reply

      My pleasure Cathy! Hope you’re having a better week!

  • Janet Slater
    Reply

    I love your photos. Beautiful dop and colors.
    What lens did you use?

    • SuzanMcEvoy
      Reply

      Thanks Janet. That’s my Tamron 90mm AF DI f2.8 macro. It’s not a full frame lens, but still sings on my full frame bodies. I got it when I had my old Nikon D50. It’s a fantastic lens.

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