Today I prepared for you, my dear Reader, a very special post. I would like to bring you behind my photo backstage. Every artist has its own secret place that inspires him/her. This place belongs to the artist and his/her muse, it’s their meeting place. I am ready to show you mine. Let’s have a wonderful trip to my small Paradise.
First of all, may I introduce you one of my little friends: small baby squirrel. This is a newly-born young squirrel who lives in the Garden. She is not the only one there. Sometimes when you walk you can meet up to 3 or 4 squirrels at once. They are in constant search for nuts, so don’t walk with empty pockets, bring them something delicious.
In the territory of M. M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine you can find not only forests and flowers, but also churches. For example, historic Vydubychi Monastery and Trinity Monastery of St Jonas, which are located within the grounds of the gardens. The Vydubychi Monastery was built by Vsevolod, the son of Yaroslav the Wise, in 1077 and has withstood the test of time remarkably well.
This Garden was founded in 1935, can you imagine? It covers an area of 1.3 square kilometers, the Garden features more than 13,000 species of plants from around the world. Honestly, I had not enough time to explore the whole territory, it’s just impossible. Thus I won’t be able to show you everything, only that parts where I usually walk.
The Garden is divided into floristic complexes, such as Ukrainian Carpathians, Plains of Ukraine, Crimea, Caucasus, Central Asia, Altai and Western Siberia, Far East. In every zone plants typical for particular region can be found.
There are a lot of steep paths and roads, which bring you up and down.
A lot of people, including scientists, work here every day to let us see this beauty. Every day workers of this Garden spend several hours under direct sunlight to prepare these fantastic nature plots. Believe me their salaries are not so high as in EU, but they do their work with passion to nature. Local designers help them to establish the scene.
Bushes are cut, flowers are planted. Just come and enjoy them! Well, not for free, surely. It is necessary to serve such a huge territory and since it belongs to country, you may imagine how much money is given from the budget. The only income is from visitors.
However, visitors have to be kept under some control. Many likes posing and standing on flower beds, which is unacceptable. Visitors should remember that planting and care of these marvelous flowers takes a lot of somebody’s energy and health. So, let’s be kind and attentive. Even the best shot is not worth of it.
You can also come across some wild forests with a wide variety of trees. Smell is intoxicating. Five minutes walk from the city and you are in a real forest, isn’t it awesome? When I walk between trees I feel that I am out of Kiev, very far. Your senses refuse to accept reality.
This Garden is also a perfect place for wedding shots. Almost every day I can see lovely couples who pose in front of their professional photographers’ cameras. Trust me, you will have adorable wedding pictures, so if somebody hears wedding bells, then do not hesitate, here you will find most fabulous backgrounds. For example, this bridge for passionate kisses. How do you like it? There is even a nice wooden statue symbolizing endless love.
My favorite place is somewhere between trees. At once during snowy and stormy weather I found a nice shelter under these trees. I felt myself so small compared to them. They gave me to feel their power. Hugging trees gives me a vital positive energy.
Just look at this funny tree, I don’t know why but It looks like a hairstyle for me. Somebody woke up and looked at the mirror. Maybe previous night was quite hot!
There are a lot of small wooden summerhouses where you can relax or take a snap, everything is for your comfort. I often see people siting in these houses and reading a book or a newspaper. It can serve as your place for some private little enjoyments.
In this Garden you can find almost all kind of flowers. Every season has its own bloom species. Ever the most fastidious taste can be satisfied.
One of my previous posts was devoted to tulips, but I still cannot have enough of them. I continue making pictures of them because they are too beautiful. Colors are dazzlingly bright.
We should always remember that growing tulips takes quite a time. Tulips are sold as bulbs because the seeds themselves take many years to produce flowers – usually at least five. When growers are creating a new variety of tulip, the process takes even longer.
As I mentioned above, Garden consists of several parts, each one has its own peculiar plants. This photo makes me believe that I am somewhere in Asia or Japan now, although I have never been there.