For as long as I’ve been taking pictures, which admittedly, I can’t pinpoint exactly when that started, I have thoroughly enjoyed photographing flowers. There’s something intriguing about looking at life on a macro level, appreciating the colors in the frame, and finding the most pleasing depth of focus.
I suppose that’s why I find studying flora through the lens is so calming for me. It’s an escape from the hustle and bustle of the pavement, and instead, a foray into the beauty of the natural world.
I had visited the botanical garden closest to me, at the University of South Florida, and honestly, I wasn’t overly impressed. Sure, it had a wide variety of tropical plants, but it lacked the abundance of flowers that I love so much. I wanted my memory to focus more on flowers.
So, off to Google I went, looking for possibilities. There really aren’t any other gardens close to me that also aren’t part of a zoo. I had to expand my search area.
Since I knew I was going to be in the Miami area over Thanksgiving for a softball tournament, I researched options nearby, and found the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. From what I discovered, it looked like it offered exactly what I was looking for: a variety of colorful flowers and with grounds vast enough to get in a nice stroll.
My visit didn’t disappoint. The weather was perfect and I got some great shots! Memory made!