Abloom in Brooklyn, NY

Strolling under the warm rays of an early afternoon sun.

Starting the day in Park Slope, a brownstone lined neighbourhood in Brooklyn…

… enjoying a cup of artisinal ‘pour over’ brew from Cafe Grumpy. NB: Nothing grumpy about the coffee, freshly roasted from beans hand-picked in Las Flores. Layers of flavour notes: peach nectar and apricot, dried currant and vanilla – its a nice feeling, being transported to this Honduras coffee plantation with every sip.

A coffee-to-go in one hand, and a camera – in the other…

…Β  a balancing act of sipping and snapping. Pots of colourful plants line the exteriors of corner bodegas; their flowers make for photogenic subjects.

Magnolias against million-dollar brownstones; a photo worthy of a million words.

More pink hues. Splashes of colour on the pathways of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Encountering some fuzzy redΒ bloomstry saying Calliandra Emarginata three times over. These beauties hail from Honduras too, and they are part of the Bean family. Go figure.

Hardly noticing the lack of lilies in the Lily Pool Terrace; so easily distracted by the background vista – a panorama of blooms graces the Magnolia Plaza. A sheer abundance of flora.

Awash in snow whites and pastel pinks – a Plaza awoken after a winter’s slumber. New Year; New You; the space takes on a new version of itself in the lead up to spring.

Beauty – unfurled, uncrumpled, up close.

Daffodil Hill ~ so apropos.

An homage to Tim Burton, firmly planted.

Further along.

A cherry blossom tree. The first in bloom along the Cherry Esplanade, it enjoys the certain appeal of celebrity.

A glorious tree, worthy of the attention.

In the Shakespeare Garden.

Another cherry blossom garners its fair share …

…Β  more subdued however, than that of some neighbouring turtles – lazing about, uninhibited, along the shoreline of the Japanese Pond.

A leisurely stroll later.

Visions of delicate peach-tinged blossoms.

Stumbling upon a puff – as bright as an orange – in the Warm Temperate Pavilion. True story: called Powder-Puffs, these tender flowers are native to Africa and deceive with their bristle-like appearance.

The bright yellow face of a daisy; bringing to mind a quote by Henry David Thoreau:

Earth laughs in flowers.

Foggy impressions in the Tropical Pavilion.

Half-expecting a toucan to be hovering in the vicinity of this gigantic banana tree leaf.

Walking in on a prickly affair in the Desert Pavilion.

Orchids, thriving in the Aquatic House. Here, temps and humidity levels aren’t far off of those experienced in a Bikram Yoga room. Very nearly sweating.

Ahhh, finally – sighting a lily upon exit.

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb

Breathing in the fresh air again.

Admiring Early Stachyurus, elegantly draped.

Passing by wall flowers. Late afternoon; a setting sun.

Departing; strolling into a cast of shadows.


511 thoughts on “Abloom in Brooklyn, NY

  1. What a wonderful way to start the day, seeing all these beautiful blooms. These are all lovely pictures but your photograph of the lily Marina is superb. πŸ™‚

    • I so appreciate your comment – thank you for pointing out the lily photo. I was so so hoping it would turn out as I love the flower, and it’s wonderful that you picked up on it. Thank you! Means alot πŸ™‚

    • I think NY has had a bit of a fast forward in its seasonal change. Rain is good – maybe March showers will bring April flowers? Looking forward to seeing your shots of France’s blooms soon. Thank you!

  2. Wow! Your photo’s are getting better and better. The first two and the lily picture – I thought exceptional. Hopefully we get some colour soon! Looks stunning in NYC. The blossom trees are out here, but that’s about all at the moment. xx

  3. Sipping and snapping, I love it!
    And very effective snapping it was. A feast for the eyes and senses Marina.
    I love the Stachyurus and “A glorious tree, worthy of the attention.” Such amazing colours.
    Just beautiful!

    • Thanks Karen! Sipping and snapping – juggling act for sure. I am so glad you like those two photos – both have such dainty flowers so I am glad I did them some justice. It’s nice to see some decoration on the formerly bare trees πŸ™‚

    • Thank you – I really love that comment and am happy that you agree with it πŸ™‚ We may be ahead in the warmer seasons though who knows what is in store for the future? We’ll wait and see!

  4. Absolutely beautifully breathtaking! You guys are way ahead of us already in NY (shocking really, we are just seeing crocuses, juuuuust starting the 1st sign of cherry blossoms) – so wonderful to see the magnolias out – and to share in a mutual love of spring flowers and blossoms. Gorgeous! The Earth certainly does laugh in flowers πŸ™‚

  5. Love your work. As Valzone commented, it definitely gives a sense of the “feel good” factor. I can’t wait to see more.

    • I think that is one of the loveliest compliments I have received, and I appreciate you echoing it. I have taken other photos of similar nature, but not in Brooklyn. I hope you may enjoy them too. Thank you.

      • This is an odd one for me. Tumblr is pretty much just re-posts of my personal favorites from my own Flickr stream and is really just so when someone talks about tumblr I have a vague notion of what that is.
        Twitter I am even more puzzled by, I generally try and not express every thought that drifts thought my head, that way lies madness(and funny looks) but it means that I don’t really fit in on twitter so it just becomes re-posts of what I am doing on flickr/insatgram/wordpress/tumblr etc. I can’t image this being particularly interesting for anyone to read. I suppose it is only 140 characters and no one makes them.
        I think twitter is great for seeing what else is going on in the world, new music, books, poetry, video games, fresh photography, world affairs etc but I feel sometimes that I am wading thorough a sea of butt jokes to get to it.

      • I agree – Tumblr to me in an extension to twitter (what you post goes into the Twitter feed). Twitter I enjoy; it’s great for updates and allows you to connect with outlets on a more immediate level. I think you need to treat it all with a grain of salt πŸ˜‰

  6. Looks like another pleasant and wonderful promenade πŸ™‚ it cheers my eyes to see such beautiful colors. Early Starychuys-whatever would be a great pattern for a dress ! (my thoughts are wandering, too !)

  7. Beautiful photos! I just noticed the magnolias blooming myself. Have not been to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in a couple years, that is now the plan for this weekend after seeing your photos.

  8. Marina, this is fantastic. I really like your blog, very inspiring shots. Makes me go take a walk around my Queens neighborhood. Btw, we’ve got the same page design and we both focus on New York in way. Except that you take awesome pictures, and I don’t. Looking forward to the sequel!

    • Thank you so much! I will need to check out your blog as I’d like to see more of Queens πŸ™‚ A sequel?! I have some new Central Park shots to share soon πŸ™‚ I hope that counts πŸ™‚

      • Unfortunately I don’t take any pictures, but your blog kinda made me wanna start with it. CP definitely counts, especially at this time of the year. I spent the past two days there, it’s awesome!

        Marina, I was wondering if you have one or two NY pictures going spare (e.g. from your BK portfolio). My sister took 5 good ones which I cropped, named with the corresponding neighborhood and used for my header section (randomly rotating). However, I would really like to expand this pool. Your website address would appear in the corner of course. I don’t wanna be a bother, it’s really only if you don’t mind at all.

        Have a nice weekend!

    • I wonder if I took a photo of you, in Central Park πŸ™‚ I was there yesterday and yes, it was awesome. I’ll post those photos in a day or so so look out for them πŸ™‚ I am following your blog – I look forward to reading it from the beginning as it is very interesting. I look forward to more of your thoughts. I am very much open to you using any of my photos for your rotating banner – I look forward to seeing which ones you use πŸ™‚ It’s good to meet you!

      • Great! I went through many of your recent posts and picked three pictures: Park Slope, 190 Bowery and Manhattan Bridge. I cropped them and added the location and your website. Thank you so much! I am looking forward to the Central Park shots. Talk to you soon!

  9. oh it’s so georgeous so beutifull so much blossoms
    lovely hometown … love much much blooms
    i hop i can make it too #oh i can’t imagine it just dream on
    from MALANG city of sorrow (malang mean is sorrow in english) INDONESIA

    • Thank you so much and I am glad to share the blooms with you, all the way in Indonesia. I can imagine Indonesia as having alot of tropical blooms – I would love to see them one day πŸ™‚

  10. Happy Happy Happy……
    You’ve done it again…I’m in a far better mood now than twenty minutes ago……Marina Chetner should be bottled……’Old Mother Chetners Cure-All’…..It would fly off the shelves!

  11. Wonderful post, I really miss going to BK botanical with my sister and nephew. I was just in Park Slope a few weeks ago but missed the bloom, thanks for showing me this, really takes me back. For all the wonders of the west coast, nyc is still a place unto its own. again, wonderful post.

    • What a lovely comment and I am happy that I could show you some of the blooms of Brooklyn. NYC really is a sensational city – there’s not place quite like it. Thank you!

  12. Beautiful photos and I love the accompanying words. Definitely put a huge smile on my face – especially the daffodil shots! Thanks for sharing and brightening the day, and congrats on being freshly pressed!

  13. wow these images are amazing they make me wish that i will have the opportunity to visit these stunning fields to appreciate the beauty amongst the flowers. the london fields of flowers are not half as good as these images! i think that the way you have shot the pictures as well make such a good display of the beauty. hopefully london will expose the full bloom and contend with the beauty you have shown here!
    keep smiling

  14. A gr8 way to close my day, just before closing my lappie for the day ur blog caught my attention.. and here I am vividly seeing all ur pics.. beautifully taken, placed and explained… Wonderful Marina.

  15. What a great pick-me-up on a slow Monday! Brooklyn looks absolutely gorgeous in the spring. Fantastic shots!

  16. Reblogged this on Urban Mermaid Venice and commented:
    I’m headed to New York tomorrow- could it really be this a’blossom!? Its supposed to be in the mid-70’s as I am tromping the streets from the Hearst office to the Conde Nast offices doing my deskside appointments! How fabulous. I’m going to bring my new handpainted silk cherry blossom dress from Papillon Noir in Vietnam. I look forward to sharing street shots with you, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Bill Cunningham catches me!

  17. Your flowers are stunning – I love the tulips at the road crossing – brilliant shot! The turtles were very cute too! Great collection – feels so much like spring is in the air!

    • I am so glad you like the tulip shot Anita – I wasn’t sure how it would turn out as it was so bright that day! The turtles were such a gorgeous find. I have only noticed them recently in Central Park. Thanks for much for your comment – I hope that by this time you may be enjoying the fruits of spring!

  18. No place quite like Park Slope – and Prospect Park. Will have to check out Grumpy. I’m a big fan of the Red Horse Cafe, but always looking for a new place to check out. Great breath of springtime photos!

    • Lois! I wonder how familiar you are with Park Slope; my husband owned a cafe there a few years ago, on 5th Avenue called Apropos Cafe. Did you ever visit it? Now, in its place is a place, is another cafe – totally remodelled – called Konditori. You’re trip is coming up? Thank you!

      • My daughter lives in Park Slope, on 9 th Ave. the only cafes I’m familiar with are the Red Horse, and a tiny little place close to the subway, can’t remember the name of that one though…I love PS and Prospect Park. looking forward to being back there for a bit. As well as Central Park! Thanks for your wonderful post on that, too!

      • Lois, you’re going to have a lovely time! I used to live on 5th Street/6th Ave and loved a tiny sushi place there called Sakura (very apropos for this time of year!). I look forward to some photos of Prospect Park and your time in Brooklyn!

    • I am glad you liked the photos! Spring is now in full swing – especially after having experienced Central Park yesterday! NY is lovely to visit at this time – not too hot, not too cold, and so picturesque. An itinerary in April/May is good! Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Kyle, for your lovely comment. I’ve been to the Gardens in the extreme temps – from cold to hot – and being in such a peaceful area, there is always something new to see. I’m glad I documented it πŸ™‚

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  20. Wow – great photos. I never thought I would say this, but I wish I were back in Brooklyn! Born in Bronx, lived in Manhattan, NYC, brought up there and in Brooklyn too.

  21. I can’t believe that spring has come so early to so much of the country. We have had record breaking temperatures for the last couple of days so maybe our daffodils will be blooming soon. Bring on spring. Thank you for giving me such beautiful photos of things to come here in New Hampshire.

    • Karen, I am so happy to have shared the post with you – thank you! It was quite warm in NYC though now it has cooled again and I have seen many daffodils retreat into their slumber again 😦 I hope you may have some blooms already?

      • The daffodils are up and have been battered by incessant wind, half of them are bent in half but I love them. They are such a cheery little flower. Next month the apple trees in be in bloom…usually around Mother’s Day.

      • I am glad you have the colour; it makes such a difference when the city plants bulbs around the neighbourhoods! The daffodils seemed to have bloomed tpo early in some spots as they have ended their cycle, though I saw masses of tulips yesterday. Even on the road dividers! Apple trees – how beautiful!

  22. Very beautiful photos.


    by Walt Whitman

    I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
    Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name.
    Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly,
    musical, self-sufficient,
    I see that the word of my city is that word from of old,
    Because I see that word nested in nests of water-bays, superb,
    Rich, hemm’d thick all around with sailships and steamships, an
    island sixteen miles long, solid-founded,
    Numberless crowded streets, high growths of iron, slender, strong,
    light, splendidly uprising toward clear skies,
    Tides swift and ample, well-loved by me, toward sundown,
    The flowing sea-currents, the little islands, larger adjoining
    islands, the heights, the villas,
    The countless masts, the white shore-steamers, the lighters, the
    ferry-boats, the black sea-steamers well-model’d,
    The down-town streets, the jobbers’ houses of business, the houses
    of business of the ship-merchants and money-brokers, the
    Immigrants arriving, fifteen or twenty thousand in a week,
    The carts hauling goods, the manly race of drivers of horses, the
    brown-faced sailors,
    The summer air, the bright sun shining, and the sailing clouds aloft,
    The winter snows, the sleigh-bells, the broken ice in the river,
    passing along up or down with the flood-tide or ebb-tide,
    The mechanics of the city, the masters, well-form’d,
    beautiful-faced, looking you straight in the eyes,
    Trottoirs throng’d, vehicles, Broadway, the women, the shops and shows,
    A million people–manners free and superb–open voices–hospitality–
    the most courageous and friendly young men,
    City of hurried and sparkling waters! city of spires and masts!
    City nested in bays! my city!

    • Thank you skybambi! I was in Central park yesterday and those cherry blossoms were so fragrant; the sweetest smell. I wish i could ahve bottled it, then and there πŸ™‚

  23. One of the older cities, and it still makes you catch your breath when it’s filled with this much life and color. It’s just like University Avenue at home (the Philippines) where it’s lined with hundreds of tall, tall (6 feet or more) sunflowers during the summer months, making it look vibrant and reborn no matter how old the campus it leads to, gets. Thank you for making me feel that I’ve seen a softer and more vivid side of New York.

    • I would love love to see a field of sunflowers – I always have wanted to. I never knew that this was the case in the Philippines! I just got a chance to see the flower fields in Carlsbad that I shared photos of recently – they are not as tall and study as sunflowers, yet boggled my mind! NYC has many of these lovely spots; I am glad to have shared one with you! Thank you!


  25. How beautiful. I visited New York for the first time last fall, and didn’t even get to see Brooklyn. And now the heat in my city is stultifying and I’m looking at those flowers with so much envy for those of you who get to experience that beauty!

  26. Congrats on the “Fresh Pressed” and wow! The cherry tree close up and the Tim Burton tree were two favorites…but really, all of your pieces made me smile! Thanks for taking me along on your foray into NY!


      • Wow…you replied to all your comments? Bravo…how nice. I’ll be in NYC next weekend with my church’s youth group…and will be looking for some of those images IRL! πŸ™‚ Kirsty

      • HI! yes, I tried to respond to them all! I am so sorry if I missed any out! You’re going to love NYC during this time of year – everything is looking very much abloom still πŸ™‚ Have a great trip!

    • Thank you – glad you loved them. Balancing a coffee cup and camera is never easy – usually I am looking for a resting spot for my cup. Ahh, the moments that must have passed me by!

  27. Compiled beautifully with the freshness of your thought and idea of β€œclick”, that at one point time resist readers to read the underlined statement. Surely β€œa balancing act of sipping and snapping” with millions of unseen poses that eventually generates a warm feeling beneath the on-looker. Really appreciate your exclusive creativity that has produced a great work of art.

    • Thank you so much, I am glad you took a look and could interpret from the images and words. I would like to think of photos that one may return to them, time and time again, to garner a new appreciation or understanding.

  28. Such a beautiful post! It feels as though I can smell those flowers you have photographed here. You definitely make the story come alive. Very interesting. Just beautiful. I really enjoyed reading through this. πŸ™‚

  29. Marina Chetner. Hallooooooo! I feel I have been to Heaven just looking at your pictures. The pictures are kind, bringing warmth to may soul. I wish I could put them all over my house and smile in ever room I stop by. Congratulations for getting Freshly Pressed. I feel freshly pressed in my soul and body too.

  30. From one Aussie to another…great blog! I can’t wait to see more, thanks for sharing NYC with me, it’s one of my favourite places in the whole world.

  31. Your post reminded me how I miss changing seasons. I have been living in a country where we have only one season – it’s just hot and lush every single day of the year. Great pictures!

  32. Thanks Marina for this beautiful burst of spring in one of my favourite places. I was in Brooklyn last April researching my novel and happily the weather was like this when we went to the Botanic Garden. I won’t be back again until October this year, so I’m hoping it also looks good in the fall. In fact I have no doubt. Go Brooklyn!

  33. Congratulations on being pressed! Your photographic journey through Brooklyn was wonderful. I haven’t been there in years…and definitely didn’t see it in this way before. Love the cherry blossom photos and the turtles…oh, those little turtles! ~~Bliss

  34. What an amazing selection of picture Marina! Thanks for taking me for a walk through all the beauty! Every picture in this post smells of spring and sunshine… and that coffee… awwww I can nearly smell it… Can I have one cup please! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on being freshly pressed πŸ™‚ Well deserved!!! πŸ˜€

  35. Beautiful pictures! I especially like the peach colored blossoms, the cherry blossom tree and the magnolia tree in Brooklyn. I would never have known that a magnolia tree grew in Brooklyn. I showed my husband, and it still does not believe me. Your pictures are beautiful all the way around, and I enjoyed your post!

  36. Simple yet elegantly presented – thanks for sharing! I wish I could see Brooklyn & New York in Spring… one day!

  37. Marina, I just discovered your blog and must say that your pictures are simply awesome but now I am worried because I am traveling to New York in a month to, among other things, take pictures of flowers and trees in bloom and you made me wonder whether it’ll be too late when I get there?

  38. No wonder Spring evokes such warmth and cheer for those living in Western hemisphere.. The riot of colors and cheers greet you everywhere! Wonderful photographs with subtle narration.
    Thanks for sharing it with us. Enjoyed it and pressed it too, for my blog friends.

  39. Reblogged this on i want great things and commented:
    this lovely lady recently got ‘Freshly Pressed’ but I wanted to share her imagery with you (in case you hadn’t seen it). it makes me want to leave my horrible, grey office and head outside – hooray for spring!!

  40. Beautiful!! That’s not what I think of when I think of Brooklyn. I thought that we had a beautiful spring here in East Texas, but your photos are fantastic. I can see why your post was featured.

  41. Hey Marina…Freshly Pressed…Brilliant!!!
    Couldn’t have happenend to a better blogger…I am doing a special dance to celebrate.
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  42. Spring is beautiful. i live in a tropical country and I’ve never experienced spring however your pictures brought spring to my eyes lol weird I know but just it’s wonderful and I don’t know how to put it in words.

  43. Thank you everyone so much for your comments and likes. It was lovely to have this post Freshly Pressed as I really enjoyed putting it together. To know it put a smile on a face and /or lightened up a mood makes me really happy. I’d like to respond to all your comments soon (as I am traveling); I appreciate the time taken to stop by here. For now, Happy Spring! Here’s to lots of bloomin’ colour! ~ marina

  44. There is nothing like a spring day in NY strolling along enjoying all of the surroundings… You images of the flowers were beautiful and I thank you for taking along on this stroll as I could almost imagine every step along the way…

  45. Beautiful pictures. I remember spending countless hours walking through the Botanical Gardens, during the more than twenty years we lived in Brooklyn( prior to moving to Florida). The Gardens, the library, the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park where all a big part of our lives when our children were growing up. We absolutely loved it.
    Thanks for the memories, and congrats on being freshly pressed!

    • Thank you Marcia; I am sorry for this late reply. I am happy to have shared these moments with you – I can imagine you’d have many memories after a 20 year stint in Brooklyn. And thank you for the congrats πŸ™‚

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