Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

I had a psychic moment on Friday, hours before this week’s photo challenge was announced.  I was visiting Meijer Gardens, a gorgeous sculpture park in Grand Rapids, and decided to focus on textures.  Really!  My first stop was an exhibit by sculptor David Nash, who uses trees as his primary medium and source of inspiration. You can see in this close-up of his work, Crack and Warp, how he burnishes and etches deeply into the wood.  In the background, you can glimpse some of his drawings.

David Nash, Crack and Warp, 2010, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

David Nash, Crack and Warp, 2010, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

My next stop was the botanical gardens, which replicate several natural environments–including tropical and desert.  This cluster of cactii caught my eye.

Cacti, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

Cacti, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

And these intriguing blooms.

Flora and Fauna, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

Anthurium, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

When I stood quietly and patiently in the tropical gardens, I was rewarded.

Butterfly, Meijer Gardens

Butterfly, Meijer Gardens

Then, I stepped outside and wandered through the gardens, filled with over one hundred sculptures, including works by Rodin, Chihuly,  and Degas set in stunning natural environments.

Meijer Gardens, Sculpture Gardens

Meijer Gardens, Sculpture Park


And finally, this red beauty in the children’s garden caught my eye.

Flower, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

Dahlia, Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

Thanks for joining my trip through Meijer Gardens!  If you’re ever in the area, I hope you stop for a visit.

Have a great week.   But before you go, take a look at some other interpretations of this week’s challenge:

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14 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture

  1. Great photos! I love the first one with those amazing textures. The cactus are beautiful, and I would have taken that shot as well! Love the red anthurium! Thank you for the trackback! ^..^

  2. Your intuition worked, and the images are engaging.

  3. Thank you for the pingback above! Cheers from Ireland :)

  4. Nature has the best interpretation of “texture,” doesn’t it? Last week, I went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and noticed all the different textures. Even the bark on a tree is gorgeous when you look at it from this perspective. Gardens are so tactile.

  5. Hi Jackie. One of my favorite places in Brooklyn is the Botanic Gardens. And yes, nature is full of different textures–rough and smooth. Thanks for your thoughts on textures!–Patti

  6. The first time I saw this was on my phone. I am so glad I came back to the big screen ! It’s wonderful. Do you really have psychic moments?

  7. Hi Vastly! Yes…I have had a few. They are quite amazing, but oddly, they aren’t frightening at all! Thanks for coming back for a second visit–Patti

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