|Spring Flowers in the Garden State
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The nickname of New Jersey in USA is the Garden State. In the spring season, many kinds of beautiful flowers
are blooming all over the places not only in various arboretum and gardens in many parks, but also in many
suburban residential areas and farm markets in New Jersey. This web page presents photos of sample spring
flowers in New Jersey.
These close-up photos of flowers were taken by using my compact super-zoom camera, Canon PowerShot
SX10, with 20X optical zoom. Such compact super-zoom camera can achieve "Shallow Depth of Field" which
is very good for taking pictures of beautiful flowers. The flower is in focus whereas the backgrounds are out of
focus and are blurred. The Shallow Depth of Field is achieved by using the long zoom. I stand at a substantial
distance (e.g., 15 feet) away from the flower to take the close-up picture by using the long zoom. It is
important to use either a monopod or a tripod to stabilize the camera for sharp pictures because the picture is
very sensitive to any tiny shake in hand when the camera is zoomed far out to about 20X even through the
camera has built-in Image Stabilizer.
I prefer to use a good monopod instead of a tripod. The benefits and advantages of using a good monopod
are described in my web page at:
Most compact digital cameras cannot rely on only the large aperture size (i.e., small f number) to achieve
Shallow Depth of Field because of the small photo sensor and the small-size lens in such compact cameras.
Instead, they rely on the long zoom of the compact super-zoom cameras to achieve the desired Shallow Depth
of Field. I learned such nice tips of photography from several experts in the Yahoo!Group on photography with
members all over the world and with common interest on the Canon PowerShot S Series of super-zoom
All major camera manufacturers are competing in the market of compact super-zoom cameras. The prices of
such compact super-zoom cameras range from about $300 to $400 as of 2013 depending on the brand, the
camera store and their discount promotional programs.
The dense bamboo forest in Rutgers Gardens at 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, New Jersey
08901 (Garden entrance at the T-Intersection of Ryders Lane and Log Cabin Road)
Many bamboo shoots are shooting up in the bamboo forest in Rutgers Gardens in the spring season.
The Rhododendron and Azalea Garden in Rutgers Gardens has many large azalea plants that are very
beautiful when they are in full bloom in the spring season.
暖融明媚的春光，熱情的紅杜鵑花 迎春的風姿， 在陽光中微笑，令人
Red azalea on my front yard
滿目純潔的白杜鵑花， 有一種詩情畫意的柔美， 悠遊其間，恍惚中似穿越時空，把人的
White azalea on my front yard
每年五月 New Jersey 處處可見盛開的杜鵑花， 百花爭妍，顏色濃
By May, many beautiful pink dogwood flowers are in full bloom in various residential areas in New Jersey.
Zoom in for a close up view of pink dogwood flowers.
園林中草色青青，綠意濃濃， 那滿樹嫩綠的葉子， 清新的翠綠，彌漫著濃濃的香草
By May, the winter landscape has transformed into lush green in New Jersey.
There are white dogwood flowers in addition to pink dogwood flowers. They are often planted next to each
other on the yards in residential areas.
Close up on white dogwood flowers and pink dogwood flowers.
The new green leaves coming out on trees in the spring season also look very refreshing.
幽靜的林間小 道，蜿蜒曲折，鳥語花香，靜靜小石路， 清幽宜人，優雅的賞花去處
萬紫千紅總是春， 如火如荼的怒放，綠葉作為一種溫柔的襯底， 盡情地燃燒火焰般的
百花盛開，爭研鬥豔 ， 美麗的春天已經到來了。