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Favorite Garden Photos from Our Flickr Group

Last week we asked you to post photos of the Getty gardens to our Flickr group for National Public Gardens Day, and you responded! On the group, which launched earlier this year, you can find fantastic uses of perspective, color, and storytelling that capture the landscape across the changing seasons. (Yes, in L.A. we do have seasons—two.) For example, there’s an amazing contrast between the fluorescent azaleas of the rainy season and their lush but restrained green of the dry season.

Juan Madrigal caught this atmospheric close-up of an allium (ornamental onion) in the process of going to seed, midway between its crazed purple bloom and its beige crispy phrase.

Allium going to seed in the Central Garden by Juan Madrigal

Francesca Tronchin captured magic hour in the Getty Villa’s Outer Peristyle in December, when the setting sun bathes the columns pink just before closing time.

Outer Peristyle at magic hour by Francesca Tronchin

Here’s a Red Balloon moment snapped by Jen Singson in the Getty Center’s Museum Courtyard, which features artful rocks and pools reminiscent of a Chinese garden. In fact, the lighting balloon looks a bit like a Chinese lantern.

Museum Courtyard at the Getty Center by Jen Singson

But gardens aren’t just meant for photographing, they’re meant for smelling, touching, and getting dirty in, which J. Nordberg shared in this joyful portrait of a friend and her daughter.

Hill Rollers in the Central Garden by J. Norberg

We’d love to see your photos on Flickr too—visit our group pool to get the full scoop.

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      Olympian Census #3: Poseidon

      Get the stats on your favorite (and not-so-favorite) gods and goddesses on view at the Getty Center.

      Roman name: Neptune

      Employment: God of the Sea

      Place of residence: A fancy palace somewhere in the Aegean Sea

      Parents: Cronus and Rhea

      Marital status: Married to Amphitrite, a sea goddess, but had many affairs just like his brother Zeus

      Offspring: Had many children including Triton, Theseus, Orion, Polyphemos and Arion

      Symbol: Trident, horse, and dolphin

      Special talent: Starting earthquakes & Shapeshifting into a horse to pursue women

      Highlights reel:

      • When Goddess Demeter turned into a mare to escape Poseidon’s pursuit, Poseidon also turned into a horse and mated with her, creating a talking horse baby, Arion.
      • Athena became the patron goddess of Athens over Poseidon by giving the city an olive tree, which produced wood, oil, and food. Poseidon had given them a salt-water spring. Nice going, Poseidon.
      • Poseidon cursed Olysseus to wander the seas for 10 years after the Trojan War in revenge for Olysseus blinding his son, the cyclops Poplyphemos.

      Olympian Census is a 12-part series profiling gods in art at the Getty Center.

      07/27/15

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