Monday, March 17, 2008

Japanese Camellia 'Alice Stakes'

Japanese Camellia
Camellia japonica 'Alice Stakes'
(kuh-MEE-lee-a) (juh-PON-ih-kuh)
Synonym: Common Camellia

Yesterday I had to drive out to Long Island so even though the weather was less than nice decided I would bring my camera and visit Planting Fields and a garden I hadn’t been before, Bailey’s Arboretum. They are only a few miles apart and both were worth visiting. Planting Fields had their Camellia Collection in almost full bloom and it was a magnificent sight. Utterly amazing and breathtaking. Here is a link to the previous post I did on the
Camellia House.

It is one of the largest collections of Camellia grown ‘under glass’ (greenhouse) in the world.

I couldn’t find any references to the ‘Alice Stakes’ cultivar. The flowers were not very large compared to some of the other Camellias but it was perfectly shaped and a very nice soft pink.

I had my Nikon Coolpix 8400 in my bag along with the D70s yesterday. I also had my Sigma 17-70mm, Nikon 50mm/1.8, and of course the 60mm Micro-Nikkor. I brought the 8400 because I wanted to shoot some Black and White and it is easy to switch between color and B&W on that camera. It also features a 24mm (equivalent) lens, which is a nice foil to the 60mm. Anyway I got this picture of Camellia jap. ‘Purity’.

I think I may try to work some more in Black and White this season. It has to be the right flower but I going to be looking at things with the idea about how they would look in B&W.


Phillip Oliver said...

I have a lot of camellias and I'm not familiar with that one either. I just bought the new camellia book by Jennifer Trehayne. I'll have to check and see if she has is listed there. Gorgeous photos as always!

Anonymous said...

great! thanks for sharing!

Max-e said...

Hi, I am playing catchup and have really been enjoying your flowers shots. You have turned your photography into a real art.

Digital Flower Pictures said...


I am going over to your site to see if you have posted any Camellia shots. A lot of the cultivars at Planting Fields may have been discontinued since they are from the 1920's.

poor child, thanks for visiting.

max-e, good to see you and I know what you mean about trying to catch up. I hardly got to visit any ABC people last week.