Archive for Denver Botanic Gardens

It’s Been WAY TOO LONG since I posted last and what better time than now!

Posted in Abstract, Buildings of Denver, Electrified, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2020 by sambissell

I found this unpublished post in the inner workings of my WordPress dashboard, labeled “Denver Buildings, Frozen in Time”, from August of 2010, so here you go, as I dust off my chops and get reacquainted with posting on WP.

Lakeside Amusement Park Tower

Lakeside Amusement Park Tower

The above photo was taken (and reconfigured using an old technique) in 2004; it was taken near sunset on a hot summer night, as I recall.

Utilizing the same technique that same summer, I took this photo of the Conservatory Dome at the Denver Botanic Gardens, about the same time of the evening…

Dome

Dome

For quite a long time, this next photo was a favorite but, as we all know, favorites can always be replaced; it was taken in a section of Denver called the Highlands, one of the oldest in the city (so named because it sits up on a piece of land that is higher than the city and looks down on it, which the original inhabitants did in a very figurative and discerning way!):

Highlands Alley Building

Highlands Alley Building

And another I’ve always liked

Timeless

Timeless

But times (and timelessness) change………..don’t they?
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Jettison

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Contemplative, Electrified, Nature, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , on September 7, 2010 by sambissell

Jettison. DBG, August 2008

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On Holiday……….

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Botanical, Electrified, Everlasting Love, friends, Idyllic, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography, Pups and Dogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2009 by sambissell
Family of Four and then some

Family of Four and then some

Sometimes I dedicate posts to friends so I just want you to know that this one is for Deb, who was visiting from Saskatchewan this past week.
[So, Deb………….enjoy this post.]

We spent a couple of days up in Estes Park and although we didn’t pay the $20 entry fee to go into Rocky Mt. National Park, we did get to see a fair amount of wildlife, anyway. The group above just happened to taking in some sun in a neighborhood when we happened by on a side road to our condo by Fall River.
While I didn’t take a whole lot of arty shots, I did manage to take a few. But one of the great shots I like from our weekend is this one. We were walking down the main drag when we came across this fellow, who was, as you can tell, pretty damn cute. Right after I took this picture, I leaned into him and he licked my nose…something a bit unexpected considering we had never met.

Buddy

Buddy

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Waterfall

Posted in Abstract, black-and-white, Nature, Photography, Solarization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 22, 2009 by sambissell

Quite a long time ago, I took a photograph of my friend, Paul, under a waterfall in a snow squall. We were in the Wet Mountains of south-central Colorado on a camping trip in mid-May, hiking up to Lake of the Clouds (with this link, scroll to the bottom of the page for a good aerial view). However, now that you have that descriptive intro, I don’t have this fine photo!  😦

In the last few years, I have taken (and not lost) a few waterfall shots that I really like and that is what you get to see today!  🙂

Waterfall Wall

Waterfall and Wall

Taken at Denver Botanic Gardens, May 2007.

Waterfall 2

Waterfall 2

Taken the same day, same place, but inside the main building in an indoor fountain.
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Photo Drawings I

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Horses, Idyllic, Nature, Photo Drawing, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2009 by sambissell
When Beauty Reflected, It Was As If

When Beauty Reflected, It Was As If

I believe this was the first photo-drawing I ever made, which was a few months ago; the original photo was taken in January 2005.

The process is one step further, after deriving my “electric” manipulation, which defines the clarity, to a great extent, towards creating the finished photo drawing.

While I have made several as I go along with current works…..

Benevolence

Benevolence (2009)

….I am more inclined to go back into my archives and play with photos that I took last year….

In Her Backyard, I Wait

In Her Backyard, I Wait (2008)

or even a few years ago….

Moonlight Mile

Moonlight Mile (2002)

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Dahlia – 5 Ways to Expression

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Everlasting Love, Haiku, HDR, Nature, Negative Space, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2008 by sambissell
Dahlia - Emerging

Dahlia - Emerging

A few days ago, I was talking to my friend, Lotte Janus, whose “home” is the world (she never stays in one place very long but considers her “base” Ojai, CA). She comes from a very artistic family, with one person or another having acted, worked in photography, and so on.
We were talking about a photographic exhibit she saw recently near Bridgewater, NY, and the various styles of work exhibited. Then we started talking about my work because there were artists in the show whose stuff is as unique as mine. One of the comments she made was in regard to the adaptations I make for a single photo and, I believe, that her sister would be interested, also being a photographer.

So, feeling a trace of  “challenge,” I decided to take a recent photo and play with it. The photo I chose was one I took for the Denver Botanic Gardens project for my friend, Ross Shrigley, who I have been shooting for this season. The original photo is above. One of the reasons I chose this photo is that it is just slightly out of focus, which would be masked by each of the processes.
First, I shifted it to my “Electric” process and produced this:

The Jelly-Starfish Nebula

The Jelly-Starfish Nebula

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Recent Electrifications – Part 2

Posted in Abstract, Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 28, 2008 by sambissell

I’ve been going through old works looking for pieces to work on and thought I’d share what I’ve done.

I took this photo when my son and I were on vacation in Arizona in 2003. It was taken in the Saguaro National Park, west-southwest of Tucson. We stopped on the road because the sunlight was so dramatic on this one saguaro as well as the clouds above. The day was a rolling series of rain squalls that blew in from various directions. So here are the two pieces:

Saguaro and Storm

Saguaro and Storm

Radiant Saguaro - Before the Storm

Radiant Saguaro - Before the Storm

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Dahlia: 3 ways

Posted in Botanical, Electrified, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2008 by sambissell
Extraordinary Dahlia

Extraordinary Dahlia

My friend, Ross, the curator I’m shooting pictures for at DBG, identified this as a dahlia. Frankly, I never would have thought it. Side to side, it is about 8″ wide!

Whirlwind

Whirlwind

Well, he THINKS it’s a dahlia. If someone knows different, please tell me. In any case, it is absolutely astounding to see, with stalks like a giant sunflower, 6-8′ tall!

In the Snail's Command

In the Snail's Command

Have an excellent day!

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Musical Interlude II

Posted in Botanical, Everlasting Love, HDR, Music, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by sambissell
Locust Tree Near Dawn

Locust Tree Near Dawn

Coming and Going 2 (Anemone biarmiensis)

Coming and Going 2 (Anemone biarmiensis)

Respite 2

Respite 2

Another trip to DBG…my weekly sojourn to chronicle certain installations. The top and second photo were shot in Plant Asia, the third in Wildflower Treasures. I’m not actually chronicling these 2 gardens, I just like them because they are curated by my mentor, Mark Fusco.

Here’s the musical interlude for you: a choice of Bruce Cockburn’s Last Night of the World or his End of All Rivers. The first is a studio cut, the second is a live one….don’t watch the second one for the video, listen to it for the music because the video is not very good. End of All Rivers, an instrumental, is probably my favorite Bruce song for its overlay upon overlay…..it really is easy to imagine a massive river flowing down and, perhaps, over a waterfall, then down into a soft flowing stream at the end of its course, then into the ocean. If you choose this one, simply open it in a separate window and listen to it…it really is an amazing piece of music. Last Night of the World is a vocal that I asked my friend, Paul, to learn for what turned out to be an inauspicious occasion that I won’t go into here (or ever). Another gorgeous piece, though this one features Bruce’s buttery voice. (OK, I weaseled another piece in here….love those links!…another studio cut… the beuatiful Pacing The Cage.)
So, listen and view some photos from my recent visit to the Gardens.
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Autumn, around the corner

Posted in Botanical, Haiku, Nature, Photography with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by sambissell
Fallen Leaf and Japanese Maple

Fallen Leaf and Japanese Maple

When my new friend, Ann, who I mentioned in a previous blog about Timnath, saw this photo, she sent me one of her favorite haiku, by Basho, considered one of the fathers of haiku:

It is deep autumn
My neighbor
How does he live, I wonder.

The fallen leaf is from a massive Honey Locust in Denver Botanic Gardens.

Thanks, Ann, for sharing.

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