• Highland Park

    This year the Lilac Festival seemed to come before the lilacs peaked, and was a little rainy, but that’s good for me, as I visited the park a full week after the closing day, and the flowers and lilacs were just past peak bloom. It was pretty nice, as everything seemed to be blooming on Saturday June 24th this year. Lilacs, Azaleas, Peonies, Dogwoods, and even a few Magnolias were still blooming. About all that wasn’t blooming was the lilies, and ours bloomed a day or two later at home. I walked around the park for a few hours and spotted a few of my favorite lilacs that made it through another year, including the yellowish primrose. It was a nice day, the park is really nice and well thought out. The giant sycamore trees that surround the reservoir are really huge, and way cool. Here’s a few photos.

    Newer Pergola Area

    Newer Pergola Area

    Magnolia

    Magnolia

    Highland Infrared

    Highland Infrared

    Deep Purple

    Deep Purple

    Highland Reservoir

    Highland Reservoir

    Sycamore Trees

    Sycamore Trees

  • Beautiful Spring

    Spring turned out really well here in Rochester. It was a little cool, but mostly sunny. I think this was perfect lilac season, as our lilacs started blooming around the 16th of June, and they are still blooming 2 weeks later. We got a lot of really nice blooms this year, and our one lilac (the primrose) that got hit with the pesticide last year is growing bigger than ever. Looks like a full recovery. Our cherry trees and dogwood we planted last summer survived the winter and are doing great. Everything is blooming and still looks nice. Our blueberry plants made it through the winter too, and this year we planted some pepper plants and a watermelon too. Here’s a few photos.

    Sensation Lilac

    Sensation Lilac

    Cherokee Chief Dogwood

    Cherokee Chief Dogwood

    Katherine Havemeyer lavender pink

    Katherine Havemeyer lavender pink

    Primrose Growing

    Primrose Growing

    Violet Glory

    Violet Glory

    Beauty of Moscow

    Beauty of Moscow

  • Summertime Fun

    Finally getting back to posting a few picks on the ScaredyCat site. Its been a busy summer, with most of my photos going directly to flickr. But with a little time on my hands, I’ll try and post a few here. So to start, I have a few photos I took around the yard this spring/summer. These were taken at the end of May. The cottonwoods were in full effect.

    blueberry bushes

    Blueberry Bushes

    lupine plant

    Lupine Plant

    patio picture

    Patio Picture

    A viola plant

    A viola plant

    lilacs

    Lilacs

    backyard

    Backyard

  • Lilacs Peak Early in 2012

    Because of the freakishly warm spring this year (in Rochester, March was our warmest on record, and the average temperature was higher than the April average), this year the lilac festival peaked a whole week earlier than the festival (May 10-19). On a beautiful sunny Sunday I went to Highland Park to view the lilacs early, and then home for the Kentucky Derby.

    The lilacs were pretty much in peak bloom. Even the lilacs in our yard were blooming. This year the Rochester area also saw a massive influx of Red Admiral butterflies. There were tons of them. I’ve never seen anything like it, they were flying everywhere like flies. Anyway, took lots of photos of the lilacs, and butterflies on lilacs. The majority of the lilac photos are in my lilac flickr gallery.

    beauty of moscow

    Beauty of Moscow

    pink lilacs

    Pink lilacs at Highland Park.

    lilac bush

    Lilac bush at Highland Park.

    butterfly lilacs

    Butterfly Lilacs

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    Red Admiral Butterfly

    lilac butterfly

    Red Admiral on a white General Sheridan lilac.

    After my walk through Highland Park, I went downtown to High Falls, and walked across the Pont de Rennes bridge to the baseball stadium and back. Here’s a few photos from that walk. I have a lot more photos of the falls in infrared on my infrared flickr page.

    downtown rochester

    Downtown Rochester

    infrared high falls

    Infrared High Falls

  • Lilacs in Bloom

    Spring got here almost a full month early, and the plants and flowers are all blooming way early because of it. I took a chance to get out of work early on a beautiful day to head to Highland Park to look at the lilacs. They are in peak bloom despite the fact that the Rochester Lilac Festival isn’t until May 14-23rd. These photos were taken May 3rd, 2010. In 2008 I visited Highland Park on May 24th, and the Lilacs were in peak bloom, so there is quite a wide range of time for the flowers to bloom depending on the spring weather. Learn more about the lilacs at the the Lilac Festival Home Page.

    This year we had a really early spring, and the majority of the plants and trees are at least 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule for blooming. I took this early opportunity to drive to Highland Park in Rochester, NY to look at all the varieties of lilacs while they are in peak bloom. The Lilac Festival itself isn’t until May 14-23. I am not sure there will be many left blooming at those times. The park is really amazing, and boasts one of the largest collections in the world.

    “Today, over 500 varieties of lilacs cover 22 of Highland Park’s 155 acres. Rochester’s famous Lilac Festival is a lavish array of flowers, attractions, and special events that signal the arrival of spring. The 1,200-plus lilac bushes in Highland Park create a floral rainbow ranging from the deepest of purples to the purest of whites.” – About Highland Park Lilacs

    View my lilac gallery here.

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Purples and Blues

    Purples and Blues

    Moskvy Lilac

    Moskvy Lilac

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Sensation Lilac

    Sensation Lilac

    Primrose Lilac

    Primrose Lilac

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    American Flag Pansy Bed

    American Flag Pansy Bed

    Another Moskvy

    Another Moskvy

    Bright Pink Azalea

    Bright Pink Azalea

    Highland Park Reservoir

    Highland Park Reservoir

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Lilacs in Highland Park

    Bumble Bee on a Lilac

    Bumble Bee on a Lilac

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared

    Lilacs in Infrared