At the Botanical Gardens

March 17, 2016 § 3 Comments

I’ve been taking photos with my film cameras and regularly posting them on Instagram lately, sometimes accompanied by a note. I still prefer Twitter to Instagram for writing short notes, exchanging information or chatting on poetry and politics, but there are brilliant and inspiring photographers on Instagram and a lot of talk on photography is taking place there which of course interests me a lot.

Sometimes a few photos and notes come together to form a photo story such as “At the Botanical Gardens”. Their captions are my impressions and thoughts while taking a walk at the local Botanical Garden about a week ago.



The blackbirds are singing at almost every dawn and dusk now. Even though it is still cold, I trust their confident, robust blue-black presences. I believe them. Their song will bring back to life the summer gardens and warm evenings. It’s a miracle they’ve been performing every year, for as long as humans have longed for the Spring.17940025

The rainforests.


They mark the spot where plants -sometimes indigenous, more often migrants- are waiting for spring’s command to come. They are, they will be, winter’s little graveyard.


Idesia polycarpa. Japan. Korea. China. Taiwan.


The lovely Pinus mugo, fragrant, evergreen and always there, kind to wanderers and love couples.


The reader will give you his time. A serious reader, an unconventional reader might spend as much time in front of a tiny piece of paper with a Latin plant name on it as with a Tolstoyan novel in his hands. The best readers only read because they’re interested in the unwritten. They equally appreciate reading and not reading at all.


6CO2 + 12H2O + Light Energy → C6H12O6 + 6O2 + 6H2O

Photosynthesis: With the help of light the carbon dioxide produced by all breathing organisms is reintroduced to oxygen and released into the atmosphere. No other word, process, can fit photography better or how photography functions for photographers.


Respiration. We live inside and of the breaths of all beings that have ever lived on this planet.


In the beginning of Spring.


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§ 3 Responses to At the Botanical Gardens

  • roughghosts says:

    I have an Instagram account but to date I have not posted anything there. I still use flickr to link photos to a Pentax Forum I have belonged to for years and I still have 100’s of RAW files from my trip to South Africa to process (yikes!). For a long time my inspiration for photography seemed to be lost but lately I feel it stirring again. I will have to have a closer look at Instagram.

    I love the dreaminess of your images and I love mugo pines – I have a large one on my property holding out among 18 m high spruce trees.

    By the way, I just ordered your book the other day. I’m looking forward to it.


    • Magda Kapa says:

      This is all good news! Would love to see some of your photos (What is your Flickr account handle? I’ve got an account there too and can have a look.) Lovely to know that All the Words will come to you too. I hope they’ll be good company.

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      • roughghosts says:

        My flickr account is jmschrei or my name Joe Schreiber. I really must get some more photos up there, you’ll notice I favour landscape, nature and architecture. :)


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