Saturday, June 26, 2010

Brian's Garden floral hotspot

Doug and Carol Pavel knew that their son Brian loved the wildflowers on their Butte Vista Farm near Whitewood. They didn't realize how much until after he was killed in a tragic construction accident in 2007.

They found numerous containers of wild flower and grass seeds among his things and decided to honor his memory with Brian's Garden, a small plot on the highest point on their farm with a great view of Bear Butte. The garden not only honors Brian, but also his wish to donate his organs and tissues.

Open to the public May 1 through October 31, 9 am to sunset, Brian's Garden is not far from Exit 23 on Interstate 90 (the Whitewood exit.) Promptly after exiting onto Hwy 34 north, a right turn on Whitewood Valley Road takes you on a scenic route for 3.2 miles. From there, it's 1/2 mile on Crackerjack Road to Butte Vista Farm and Brian's Garden. You'll spot the small gazebo on top of the hill where the Pavel's are installing exhibits on organ donation. A map can be found at the farm's website -

Brian was an amateur photographer and his father Doug is renewing his interest in photographing nature on the farm as well. The flowers planted in Brian's Garden bloom at all different times of the year, so there should always be something to shoot.

On a recent visit I found several species in full glory.

Most unusual to me were these small flowers on several pine trees, which I've never seen before. It makes sense that pine cones would be formed from flowers, I had just not witnessed this in the past.

Also check out my post below about the prairie smoke flowers I found here.

I had fun playing with a macro lens and the new pine cone growth. This shot reminds me of the current trend of shooting with tilt-and-shift lenses for extremely short depth-of-field and blurry planes of focus.

1 comment:

Rose Sterling said...

Your plants are unique. I really love your photos. There are two classifications of pine tree. Subgenus Strobus the white or soft pines with pinyon, lacebark and bristlecone pines while the Subgenus Pinus the yellow or hard pines. Your pine tree is the first one.