Today I decided to head out to Tower Hill Botanic Garden. I've been going there for almost four years now as its close by and always has flowers and plants to photograph and they are open year round. During the winter less people visit, but they have two large rooms, the Orange Room and the Lemon Room. So, if you want to take your camera out to take photos, but don't want to brave the new england weather Tower Hill is where you want to go. There were only a few people there today so I felt free to wander around and take photos at my leisure.
I headed out with my Fuji X-E2 and my 60mm lens. Aside from the photos of jelly beans I took a couple weeks ago I haven't used it much favoring the 23mm and 27mm length lenses. So I thought I'd head out and get some more practice with this lens. Its a bit different to my old macro lens and since I own it I should probably use it. I'm also trying to get a better feel for it as I'm highly tempted to replace it with the much faster 56mm 1.2 lens that was just released, although that one is not a macro lens.
When you arrive at Tower Hill, you go through the gate, pay, and then drive up to the parking lot area. Then you see this pagoda which has a map and some information about the history of Tower Hill. This photo is taken looking towards the parking lot.
Then you turn around and walk up some steps to a small path and see this sign.
Then you walk left to head into the main building. At this point the wind was blowing pretty heavy so I was eager to get inside.
This is the entry to the Lemon House (Limonaia). Both this house and the orange house are used for weddings and other functions. They have very high ceilings and plenty of windows as well. Its amazing how every season they change around the plants and the layouts.
So I started to walk around and taking photos. As this lens is not a full macro lens I found that I could get close enough without having to switch it into manual focusing. None of these are at full macro mode, but I was happy being able to get close, focus and move on. I never use a tripod for my macro/close-up work and also don't spend many minutes per shot.
Sometimes I see lines, shapes or shadows that look interesting as well.
The walk around Tower Hill went well and I was happy with the results. I'm excited for the warmer weather as that means about 6 more areas of flowers/plants will become available. Luckily I have a membership so I'll be back sooner than later.