Saturday, 6 June 2009

Bench of the Week - Front Seat at the Dance of the Gunnera!

This week's bench is at the Moorbank Botanic Garden of Newcastle University. What a prime location from which to watch the Dance of the Gunnera!

Bench of the Week was begun by RuneE of Visual Norway. Do visit his blog to see his amazingly beautiful bench. Other interesting bench posts can be found on the blogs of: Barbara Martin, PERBS, Malyss, Gerald England and Mad Aunt Bernard.

26 comments:

Ackworth born said...

I do love how you have framed this with the foreground foliage.

Malyss said...

I like wooden benches.And especially when they are lost somewhere, in the deepness of a garden , faraway from the crowd, hidden among the green leaves..

(I like very much the drawings on your blog; Did you made them?)

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

Another crafty shot of the gunera as well

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Ackworth born - Gunnera is an interesting plant to frame shots with!

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Malyss! Yes, the paintings and drawings are by me - I love to work from the sylvan and gardens as inspiration.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Rob! (Maybe it will take over my blog ...)

Diane C. said...

Interesting image in peaceful setting. I like seeing the dark green in the background, especially through the slats in the bench.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

There were many perfectly cromulent benches in Chicago and I completely forgot to photograph them. DOH!

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Diane. I like dark green backgrounds too - interesting what you say about the slats, because I've just done a series of photos about this!

Phoenix C. said...

Hi Monica - maybe there are some benches lurking hitherto unnoticed on your photos!!

Malyss said...

Hi,
Today I took time to come back and explore your blog;
I'm very impressed by your drawings and find them really beautyful.I think they have an unusual mood, something that make them really different from what I know.
I also like your pictures of nature. I live in a zone where urbanisation is very strong, and I miss the green!Your pictures are very refreshing to me;
I also wanted to thank you for the link to my blog of benches. I pictured more than 400 since around one year, and I'm glad now to see that other people are interested in benches;
I'm glad to have discovered your blog,it was a great pleasure!
Malyss

Anna said...

Another beautiful bench. I always like reading the dedication plaques on benches and imagining what that person may have been like. I have told himself where I would like a bench if I go first :)

Phoenix C. said...

Hi Malyss, Thank you for your kind words about my artwork and blog. I have always been moved by the atmosphere of nature, especially woods and gardens, and seek to express this in my work.

I am lucky to live in an area with lots of green, and it is a pleasure to share this on my blog.

I am also really glad to have discovered your blog - you have so many amazing benches and beautiful photos.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Anna. I confess I've never really thought about where or who the benches come from! I will have a thoughtful look at the dedication plaques from now on!

PERBS said...

That is a wonderfully designed bench in just the perfect spot to take in much beauty!

Thanks for linking my bench blog to yoru post. Malyssa and I have been posting benches for more than a year now and we try to post them everyday. Rune joins us now and again so that is why he decided to d it on Fridays.

Jillien said...

Thank you for passing by my blog and for your kind regards :)

Its always a joy stopping by and reading your posts and looking at your beautiful photos.

God bless,

JM

Barbara Martin said...

A stunning combination of bench and garden, Phoenix. Very pleasing to the eye and I would like to pass through my computer screen into that garden...zip...and not concern myself with how I would get back.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you PERBS. There is something special about benches, both in their visual qualities and what they can symbolize as places to rest and be tranquil.

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you Jillien, I'm glad my posts bring you joy!

Phoenix C. said...

Barbara, thank you! I shall bring a picnic lunch for you next time I'm at the garden just in case!

Prospero said...

One of my favorite places to visit while traveling are Botanic Gardens. I typically spend hours and hours, never getting tired, walking about. Well, maybe a little tired. Is that a bench? Perfect.

Phoenix C. said...

Brilliant!

Enjoy your view of the Dance of the Gunnera from this serendipitous bench, Prospero!

Bim said...

I wish I had some time to sit on that bench (or any of the other benches you've captured for that matter) - I haven't had time to look at green things in vivo for ages...
My work in the Andes was scientific work (well) :)

Phoenix C. said...

I wish for you to have some time to enjoy looking at greenery this summer, Bim!

RuneE said...

I missed this one, and I'm sorry for that - it is in a beautiful spot. Just the place for enjoying the garden.

PS Thank you for the comment - there is an unbelievable amount of nice bloggers around!

Phoenix C. said...

Thank you RuneE.

I keep spotting benches wherever I go now!!