Spring! At the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Spring Jackets


Okay, I know it’s been spring but this is my first post and I thought it fitting to celebrate this time of renewal.

Weeping willow

Weeping willow. Or some shit.

You see, I lost my job recently and although it sucked, I suppose it could have been worse—it could have all gone down during the dead of winter, which seemed to just drag on and on this year. That would have doubly sucked.

Purple flowers

Pretty purpley things.

But no, it’s spring! Flowers and sunshine and unemployment checks—oh my!


Tulips galore. Hmm…oddly, that makes a good stage name.

Everything is shiny and new. The air is clean, the sky is blue, and I am diving into this new venture like it’s my job…my new job. Unpaid, but full of promise and fulfillment.

Mother with baby on shoulders

Not me, or my child.

I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden three times this season, but really all I wanted to see were the cherry blossoms in bloom. They have rows and rows of them, but off season they just look like sad little naked trees with gnarled branches.

Little girl with dress

I like taking pictures of children. Is that creepy?

The first two times I was too early. The third time I went on a Monday—’cause I can! Plus, the BBG has a map on their website that shows when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and they were at their peak!

Japanese pond

…and Japanese ponds.

But I think I was more excited at the realization that I could actually do things now like go to a botanical garden on a Monday, or whenever I damn well please, and beat the crowds—eff you crowds!—that I had forgotten that, like most Mondays, museums are closed.

Children playing with bubbles

Okay, in my defense, this place is like romper room. There’s like 12 kids to every flower.


Goldfish in pond

Very busy goldfish.

Two days later we had heavy rain and someone told me it had caused all the cherry blossom leaves to fall off. I checked the website and it said: “The cherry trees have finished blooming. Check back in March 2014 for updates.”


I love a fountain.

Me, when I found out the BBG was closed.

Me, when I found out the BBG was closed.

I felt like that girl in that awful friggin’ Ray Bradbury story who [spoiler alert] gets locked in the closet on the one day the sun comes out after seven years of rain.

Little boy with flannel jacket

Mini hipster.

Anyway, I love spring and unemployment isn’t half bad…yet. Anyone need some pictures taken of their little kids?

Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225, 718-623-7200. Open Tue-Fri 8 am – 6 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am – 6 pm. bbb.org

13 responses

    • Hi, thanks so much for having a look. I missed the Festival–I had heard it was a crazy time to go so I was planning on going the following week but I missed the cherry blossoms because of all the rain we had. I love the concept of your blog–great idea!

  1. Love the restaurant scene! I was in stitches when I came to the part: “Allright, here is the chicken you’ll be enjoying tonight…”
    and by now you should also know that I love your blog (or as your aunt says: your blob) . THANKS !
    -one of your photo phans who added you to his phavorites.

    • So glad you liked it, that scene cracks me up too! So glad to see you on here, and thanks for the support. Hope to see you again soon for some picture taking! xoxo

  2. Your anticipation of the Cherry Blossoms reminds me of that PERFECT camera shot you were trying to take of the brightly neon lit art deco hotel the “Colony” on Miami Beach years ago at 11:59pm…
    the lights turned off at midnight just as you snapped the picture causing you to miss that perfect shot by seconds!
    All the best to you Grace. Enjoying the “blobs” and photographs tremendously!
    Lots of love always
    Ann Marie

    • LingMAO over here! Thanks for the memories Ann Marie, I had totally forgotten about that time!! But yes, that’s me, a day late and a dollar short. And thanks for reading! xo

  3. As usual your creativity is so refreshing! I will follow you because I can’t do anything fun because I have a new overly demanding JOB! So i’ll catch the sunshine, culture & fun… Or anything else you have to offer. Thank you for that!

    • Thanks Leila, miss you. You started your new job, congrats!! Gosh, we need to catch up! Hang in there. When JT gets home let’s plan lunch–that is if they let you out, LOL.

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