Category Archives: My Photography Flowers Gardens

Maui Hawaii, May 1988: Photographs I Forgot I Had, USA. (20 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh

Ka’anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Cockatoo, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Bronze Buddha, Thailand, 19th Century, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Bodhisattva,Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Main Pool, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Footpath, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Free Form Pool, Hyatt Regency Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Lahina Roads, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Hookipa Beach, Wind Surfing, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Kaʻahumanu Church (1876), Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

In 1832, Queen Ka’ahumanu (1768-1832), the Kuhina Nui of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and an early convert into Christianity, visited Maui. She came to the site of the then-new Ka’ahumanu Church and witnessed services being presided by the church’s founding pastor, Reverend Jonathan Smith Green (1796-1878). Upon seeing the congregation, Queen Ka’ahumanu asked the Congregationalist mission to name the permanent church structure after her. The current structure, the fourth on the site, was built in 1876. It was built to honor Queen Ka’ahumanu’s earlier request using native materials in the construction in an adaptation of the New England style of Gothic architecture brought to Hawaii. The building was by Edward Bailey with Wailuku Sugar Company. The bell and three clock faces are from American clock-maker Seth Thomas and brought over in 1884 around Cape Horn. The original congregation, under the leadership of the Rev. Green, came into being in 1832 and held their first worship meetings in a shed.

Please visit the church’s website– https://www.kaahumanuchurch.org/ -retrieved March 22, 2020.

Sugar Cane, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

West Maui Mountains, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Iao Needle, Iao Valley State Park Monument, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Self Portrait, Wailuku, Maui, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988

West Maui Mountains, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Cambodian Buddha, Maui, Hawaii, May 13, 1988.

Evening, Maui, Hawaii, May 12, 1988.

My Photography: Flowers & Gardens. (27 Photos).

Photographs and Text ©John P. Walsh

My entire life I have always enjoyed being around flowers and gardens.

I started taking photographs of them in 2012. With so many other people everywhere, I have always enjoyed visiting and walking among the beautiful fragrances of earth’s bountiful and beautiful flora. Dangling, drooping, shooting straight up, bunches, single stem, of endlessly different shapes, sizes and colors—and places and settings—flowers and gardens embody life, creativity, and beauty. One of my earliest memories of gardens was on a childhood vacation to Jefferson’s Monticello and, in that summer’s heat, being surrounded with the scent of the boxwood shrubs. All these perennials and annuals are definitely worthwhile photographic subjects. To stroll (and bend and scrunch) among nature’s orchestra of leaves, branches, and blooms and photograph them is one of life’s pleasures.

The world of flora contains some of the most distinctive creations on the planet.

Fresh blooms are engaging, shy, forthright and protective. In their season, they exist to proffer their fleeting beauty and fragrance for the spectacular end of reproducing themselves.

I have taken photographs of many other subjects but flowers I return to again and again. It’s because flowers don’t disappoint.

Grace Kelly wrote a book on flowers called My Book of Flowers. “I love walking in the woods, on the trails, along the beaches, ” she said. “I love being part of nature…” This is one of the great things about searching for and finding flora to photograph: whether in the wild, semi-wild, in a nursery, or on the front porch or in the garden, the wonder of their presence leads to an experience of nature in its most vital form.

Grace Kelly became interested in flowers and their arrangements only in the last years of her life. It had been suggested to the American princess in the late 1960’s that as part of the festivities for Monaco’s centennial she might host a flower arranging competition, which she did. Though princess Grace admitted she “was the most ignorant garden president going,” her knowledge of flowers and gardening grew and, if only because of their shared passion for these precious blooms, she met many new friends. I too have found that I have made friends from all over the world because of our mutual love for flowers and the garden. One cannot underestimate flower power!

Most of my photographs of flowers and gardens are shot in the Chicago area.

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Annuals, May 2018.

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Red Chair and Pots, May 2018.

late summer flowers

September 2018.

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Chicago, Garfield Park Conservatory, December 2017.

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Tulips, May 2018.

lilacs and tulips, May 2018.

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Garden Walk, May 2018.

Martha Lever quote

Flowers lift the spirit & refresh the soul–Martha Lever.

Daffodils Apr 30 2018 by John P. Walsh

Daffodils, April 2018.

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Saratoga Pinwheel, July 2017. 

lilac bloom, May 2018.

Bushy lilacs-photo John P. Walsh

Milwaukee, June 2017.

Letter, September 1, 1842 published in LETTERS FROM NEW YORK, volume 1.

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Dianthus, May 2016.

3. may garden May 28 2016.
Garden, May 28, 2016.
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“Black Magic” Petunia, May 2016.

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Garden, Oak Park, Illinois, July 2013.

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Alcea (Hollyhock), July 2013.

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Dream Touch, Double Late Tulip, Lombard, Illinois, 2018.

Frederick Douglass, Multi-petaled cultivar named for Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), American slave, abolitionist leader and author. Developed by Richard Americo Fenicchia in 1972.

Oscar Wilde.

March 2018.

gardener, May 2019.

stop and smell the flowers, May 2020.

Tree blossoms, May 2018.

tree in bloom, May 2018.

lilac and fence, May 2018.

garden peony and cicada, June 2020.

impatiens, May 2018.