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Taking Photos of Nature and Art

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Pat Murphy

The second Saturday of each month “Kids in the Garden” classes are held at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens in Brengle Park. The classes are for adult-accompanied children that are Kindergarten through 6th Grade.

The topic this month was photography in the Garden. The instructor, Farmer Jones, told everyone that had assembled by 10:00 am that the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens is “a place where People, Art, and Nature all come together”. Farmer Jones, whose alias is Nancy B. Jones, started the May class by giving some basic instruction on the way to get the most from your digital camera. Realizing that in today’s high tech world most people use their cell phone camera, she included a brief description on how to take a selfie in case the young photographers wanted to include themselves in their nature photographs.

Photos by Mary Murphy

The garden is a photographer’s paradise. In addition to the rare plants and gorgeous blooms, there are wonderful vistas of Vista. I know that sounds redundant but throughout the garden areas are many places with viewpoints that allow visitors a panoramic view of our beloved City of Vista. Additionally, in almost every section there are sculptures from the giant Serpent to the smaller and whimsical statues in the herbal garden that are fashioned from kitchen utensils. Even the water fountain in the Children’s garden is a work of art. The AVBG now boasts over forty three sculptures and has become a primary destination for art lovers in North San Diego County.

The young photojournalists in Saturday’s class trekked from the Children’s garden to the pond and patio. Along the way the found lots of photo opportunity. After a few minutes exploring the pond for wildlife the group headed downhill into the Jungle garden and past the Easter Island replicas to the future Jungle Lake where Ricardo Breceda Giraffe sculptures are featured. As we took our leave the class was headed towards the California Natives Garden, the Desert Garden with its Medicine Wheel, and the Blue Cycads Garden where Ricardo’s Artful sculptures of Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, and giant Scorpion are found.

If you haven’t enjoyed the wonders of the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens you have missed one of Vista’s greatest treasures. If you have children, grandchildren, or like me, great-grandchildren this is a great day trip. The kids in the garden classes are fun and educational as well. Check out the photo’s we took of the young photographers.

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