COLD FLOWERS

When the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown happened in March 2020, most of outdoor activities became impossible, I decided to pursuit photography again actively. Even the local parks close to my house were closed and only small parts of green areas between my home office, my apartment and the courtyard were available for nature photography. I distracted my thoughts concentrating on nature that surrounds us and we do not notice in our everyday lives. It happened very often that I went back to the same flower beside my house or in my garden day by day watching it grow or wither. The beauty I discovered was amazing and so I tried to catch the different steps of growth of very simple plants like portraits of permanent metamorphosis. The beginning and ending of constantly new creations happens surprisingly fast and is fascinating to observe. I tried to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.

In summer 2020 I expanded my macro walks to the Botanical Gardens, the huge green houses and the conservatories. Usually I try to start very early in the morning to have enough time before sun gets too strong. 

The Botanical Garden is one of the oldest educational and scientific research institutions of the Lviv National Ivan Franko University in Ukraine. The main task of the garden was to offer students lessons on morphology and the systematic teaching of plants at the University. Today the Botanical Garden is located in Lviv in two different areas. 

The idea of creating a botanical garden in Lviv first appeared in 1784, when Professor Shivereck founded a small botanical garden at the former Dominican Monastery on Kopernika St., which unfortunately did not exist very long. Later in 1823, it was Professor Vittman who made another attempt and created a botanical garden in the city’s suburbs, which also didn’t last long.
Professor Lobazhevski founded the present Botanical Gardens in 1852, on the northeastern slope of Kalicha hill in the old Trinitarians Garden (the Cyril & Methodius St.).

Nowadays, greenhouses and a little dendropark can be found at this location. Since its creation till present day, the garden has seen ongoing work on compiling exotic plant collections in hothouses and special areas. Today the garden is famous for its collection of orchids and their hybrids. One can admire these beautiful flowers in the period of their blossoming.

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