Butterflies and Skippers

We I stopped for a bite at the Hidden Oak Cafe in the Manor House at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. The surrounding gardens were full of butterflies and skippers (labeled to the best of my ability – corrections appreciated):

Arboretum and More

In Bayard Cutting Arboretum, LI, NY, we walked by the shore and visited the farm. We we bought some of their fresh eggs.

A short drive away is Heckscher State Park. We didn’t stay long there.

To cap off the day, we ate dinner at the Snapper Inn. It was very grand and lovely to eating out by the water.

Dahlias at Bayard Cutting

Recently a person said that the colors in my photograph didn’t look real. Here is my response: Yes the colors maybe enhanced or changed, my work isn’t straight out of the camera.

After I shoot an image to make it into what I think it should be I might adjust the composition. Then I adjust the tone. I may make more adjustments to bring out the focal point, Lastly, I use color to enhance or modify the mood. I do most of my editing in the “darkroom” of Lightroom and Photoshop. 

I use photography and post processing as a tool for my artistic expression. When I was a painter I used paint on canvas to create what I wanted to see, and not what was real.

When I make composites or obvious digital art I’ll say so, and if the photos are only slightly edited I won’t. Here is some digital art (Bayard Cutting Arboretum is in Long Island):

Bailey Arboretum

After lunch at Glen Cove by the water we went to Bailey Arboretum, Long Island. A nice little woodsy place with a pond. Not many flowers though.

Cottage and Greenhouse

The charming little Pink Cottage, Greenhouses, and Camellia House at Planting Fields arboretum, Long Island, New York.