Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

March 12, 2011

Where did Karma go?

So, where did I go today?

Was it the jungle?



How about the desert?


Or perhaps the tropics?



I didn’t actually go to any of those places of course, but I did go to a place that can make you feel as though you’ve travelled to these diverse locations.  My sister and I went to Northampton, MA, home to Smith College and their amazing annual Spring Bulb Show.  In addition to strolling through two packed-solid greenhouse rooms of forced-bulb flowers, other rooms of the Lyman Conservatory are also available for viewing, representing many different climates and their flora.

I hope you’ll enjoy my slideshow of one of my favorite signs of spring in this area:

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I took 124 photos today, so expect a few more flower posts in the next few days!


  1. Beautiful! Makes me want to visit a greenhouse tomorrow (it’s going to be another dreary day here)! I love the colors – purple/green is quickly becoming my new favorite combination, they’re so pretty together!

    Comment by Photo By Holly — March 12, 2011 @ 8:20 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Holly. That greenhouse was nice (but crowded!) but I really can’t wait until it is time to see them outside!

      Comment by Karma — March 13, 2011 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  2. Ah, the mystery is solved! And yes very much lifts the mind to spring time. Beautiful slide show!

    Comment by plainmama — March 13, 2011 @ 10:59 am | Reply

    • Thank you Amy. It was just the thing for the “blahs” of this time of year.

      Comment by Karma — March 13, 2011 @ 8:13 pm | Reply

  3. Gorgeous pictures! So much green and such lovely colors! Come spring!!

    Comment by Barbara Rodgers — March 13, 2011 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • The bulb show and expected temps in the 50’s this week are making me think spring is really coming – and maybe we are out of the woods for snow storms **knocking on wood**

      Comment by Karma — March 13, 2011 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

  4. Soooo beautiful! Wish I could have been there, too! Love the slideshow, especially that white flower…. camellia?

    Comment by thedailyclick — March 13, 2011 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Michaela. I’m not sure on the white flower – my first thought was gardenia. The place was wicked crowded and I didn’t have the chance to look for the identification tag.

      Comment by Karma — March 13, 2011 @ 8:15 pm | Reply

  5. Wot no kangaroo’s !!!… Just lots of them coloured smelly things… hehe… Seriously though, you got some real nice shots there, and I’ll be taking some inspiration in an attempt to capture more of my own this year… 🙂

    Comment by FS Photography — March 13, 2011 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

    • I’d love some kangaroos but we are a bit hard pressed to find them bouncing around in these parts – penguins too.
      I’d be honored if I can inspire you!

      Comment by Karma — March 13, 2011 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  6. I can imagine what a treat this was for your senses having spent some time in greenhouses last month. I my favorite part was the desert plant room having never really seen cactus much. I found them fascinating and extremely photogenic with patterns, angles and lines.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 14, 2011 @ 9:26 am | Reply

    • A treat indeed! I wish I could spend more time there when it wasn’t quite so crowded.

      Comment by Karma — March 15, 2011 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  7. Only 124?? 😉

    It all looks so colorful and beautiful. Looking forward to seeing more.

    Comment by Robin — March 14, 2011 @ 11:23 am | Reply

    • Believe me Robin, if the rooms hadn’t been so crowded, I probably would’ve taken a lot more than 124! You can only take getting jostled while trying to take pictures so many times.

      Comment by Karma — March 15, 2011 @ 3:07 pm | Reply

  8. Greenhouses in the winter are magical places! It feels and smells different in there…like all the plants are cheating on Mother Nature! Lovely images…just what I needed today!

    Comment by milkayphoto — March 15, 2011 @ 12:42 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Tracy. I think I could live in a greenhouse in wintertime!

      Comment by Karma — March 15, 2011 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

  9. I don’t believe the slideshow is ever going to load over slooow dialup, but the cacti and the lemons look great! I love greenhouses too–one of my fantasies was to have a really big one across the whole southern and eastern exposures of the house. It occurs to me that I used to grow houseplants. Astonishing how much life can change while you’re doing other things.

    Comment by Gerry — March 16, 2011 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

    • I’d love a greenhouse too. I’ve often dreamed of an addition to my house that would be a greenhouse – and maybe a hot tub too!
      Sorry you couldn’t see the slideshow – I hope your possible higher-speed internet connection becomes reality soon.

      Comment by Karma — March 19, 2011 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  10. J´adore ces photos, exotiques et printanières. Le diaporama est magnifique aussi. Quelle différence avec mon environnement montagneux où la neige vient de fondre !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — March 20, 2011 @ 4:47 am | Reply

    • Merci Isa. Il ne sera pas ressembler à ceci l’extérieur pendant au moins un mois, malheureusement!

      Comment by Karma — March 20, 2011 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  11. Beautiful, Karen! I didn’t want to visit here until after I went as I didn’t want my photos to be influenced by your photos. Really love your photos of the flare in the jungle and the others in the desert.

    Comment by Becky Sue — March 20, 2011 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  12. Thanks Becky! I will look forward to seeing the rest of your shots from the show!

    Comment by Karma — March 20, 2011 @ 10:27 am | Reply

  13. It almost LOOKS like Karma went to the cactus park in San Diego! (At least in some of the pictures…) 🙂

    Comment by Kathy — March 20, 2011 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • She wishes she went to San Diego! 😉

      Comment by Karma — March 20, 2011 @ 2:48 pm | Reply

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