Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The fractured optics of Olbrich Botanical Gardens' smallest garden

The Fractured Optics of Olbrich Botanical Garden's Smallest Garden
If this looks like a kaleidoscope picture, it's because it is. If it looks like a picture of flowers, it's because it is. It's the garden kaleidoscope at Madison's Olbrich Botanical Gardens. View Large On Black

Of the many wonders there, this is one of my favorites -- partly a rotating miniature garden, partly an interactive sculpture, and partly an optical toy. And pure psychedelic magic. I described how it works a while back, when I visited with my Minolta Dimage X (there's also this Flickr set, buried back in my stream).

We were there recently, and I made a stop at my favorite toy. As usual, I took a few photos with another favorite toy, my Nikon Coolpix P50. It's easy to photograph, especially with a point-and-shoot. Just press the external housing of your lens right against the eyepiece, to keep out reflections, give the garden bowl a spin and press the shutter.

Next time I'll make a movie.


flowers said...

I just recently discovered your blog and am so glad I did. What a sweet post!

Choo Lian said...

That thing is such a fun! We spent entire hour or so playing with that kaleidoscope, filming, taking pictures and discovering new fun views:)