E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden

For nearly the past two weeks, the weather in Vancouver has been foggy. While much of the city has been subject to foggy mornings and sunny afternoons (most days), the Garden has been blanketed in fog almost the entire time thanks to the Garden’s proximity to the water.

I find it difficult to photograph the Garden as a landscape, because there are often human structures or elements lurking in the frame: a residential tower, barbed-wire fence, stadium lights (you can see these in this Google Pathview from near where this was photographed), plant labels (I see at least two in this photo), sprinkler heads and street lights. The fog helps to mask some of those visual distractions, at the expense of clarity in distant objects.

E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden

11 responses to “E.H. Lohbrunner Alpine Garden”

  1. Marilyn Brown

    It’s a beautiful photograph. I can’t find the plant markers, or anything else to complain about. This garden is in a big city, after all — it’s to be expected there will be some signs of civilization !

  2. Peony Fan

    Beautiful photo of a beautiful scene but I am a little befuddled; are those ‘alpine’ plants?

  3. Les Cronk

    I can’t find the sign either. Its a beautiful view and the fog in the background only adds to the beauty. Thanks for all the beauty you have brought to my life. More. please.

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    There are a couple black rectangular labels on the right-hand side of the image.
    Peony Fan — yes, it’s true that our Alpine Garden doesn’t restrict itself to true alpines. The palette of plants we could grow would be quite limited, given that we are just above sea level with a maritime climate (generally the opposite of true alpine conditions). The three thousand or so different taxa range from true alpines to subalpines to meadow to woodland to desert-specialists.

  5. Ann Kent HTM

    Thank you for the image Daniel, and it prompts my gratitude for proximity to a place that provides such beauty and so many opportunities to observe and learn.
    I brought my horticultural therapy students out to the garden on a foggy morning last Thursday and they spent several hours in the garden absolutely captivated by the soft light, the beading of moisture on foliage (which rendered textures more striking), and the dramatic impact of hundreds of spider webs beaded with fog droplets.
    Several of us ran out our camera batteries and memory cards.
    The fog is chilly for an extended walk but if you can find the opportunity to see the Garden’s fall glory, bundle up and go for a ramble in its misty and magical state.

  6. Wendy Cutler

    That Google walk in the garden works a lot better with the new Google map program (I clicked some “Try it Now” button that came up). It’s interesting, though, to see how much everything has grown since the photos were taken.
    It’s great to see that photo (which I got to see in the camera earlier today) on my computer screen.

  7. r. channon

    Human interventions we generally accept in a landscape: dirt, grass or stepping stone paths, mown grass, sculpture, topiary, delineations between flower/shrub border and path.
    Sometimes acceptable: narrow concrete paths, houses, mansions.
    Unacceptable: street lights, cars, roads, highways, stadium lights, labels, office buildings.
    What’s interesting is that I’m pretty sure there is a fairly general agreement on these categorizations.

  8. Kate V

    looks like the bright fall colors are wearing the fog like a shawl – a peaceful scene

  9. Joy Klein

    Awesome! Nature at its best! Thanks for a beautiful start to my day. I only wish I was close enough to take a morning walk with a great cup of coffee amongst these plants!

  10. Ann Smreciu

    Thanks Daniel….. Great photo. A pleasant reminder of Ed Lohbrunner. I grew up just down the road from Ed and occasionally got to visit his grdens and greenhouse. He is one of the people who inspired me to become a botanist.

  11. Jessica

    That’s just beautiful.
    Wish I was there.

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