Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday Photo

Can you believe this is Long Island?


That's not quite fair. While there are many very pretty areas on Long Island, and we have more trees than I ever would have imagined, this is not your typical Long Island scene.

All spring, I've been wanting to make it out to Old Westbury Gardens. It is the preserved Joseph Phipps Estate (Joseph Phipps was one of the founders of US Steel along with Carnegie). It's a breathtaking place with the family home(mansion), formal gardens, cottage gardens, rose gardens, lily pond and a woodland trail around a small lake. This bridge is along that trail.

I didn't take near as many pictures as I would have liked because I brought another woman along with me who doesn't take pictures. So, we moved through at a much quicker pace than I would have alone. I'm thinking I need to make another trip out before long. There were so many species of flowers I would have loved to try and photograph.

As we walked the grounds, I tried to image what it would be like to live like that, in all that grandeur, surrounded by acres of gardens and woods. It's impossible...completely beyond me.


Anne said...

This is quite beautiful! Anne

Lisa :-] said...

It reminds me somewhat of the Huntington down in California.

And as far as being surrounded by all that beauty...I am. I just would rather the Universe owned it than myself.. :D

JACKIE said...

What a beautiful little piece of heaven.

Wendy said...

This is lovely! If you like doing these weekly photo things you might want to check out Small Town Snapshot Sunday.

Debbi said...

I just read a description of 'waterlight' in a beachy summer novel set in the low country of N. Carolina and it came to mind as I studied this. The lush trees and bridge are wonderful, but the river (creek, whatever) is simply gorgeous. I kept blinking because I was feeling movement, as if I was watching a video cam. The reflected light you caught is magnificent. I can see why you'd want to linger. Thanks for posting it.

Kathy said...

Beautiful photo. I think I could live happily in a place with a view of that bridge, but I don't need the other trappings ... too excess for me!