Marjorie Mcneely Conservatory – Como Park – Poinsettia Christmas

Today I was able to sneak away in middle of all this Christmas busy-ness for a little photo outing with friends. We went to the ever popular Marjorie Mcneely Conservatory at Como Park in St Paul, MN.…

Low and behold while we were there I discovered that they were having the big poinsettia Christmas display at the main sunken garden section of the park. I was so happy because I have been struggling with my “Real Meaning of Christmas” in pictures project. You say how does this help you with that project? Well Poinsettias are indeed connected with Christmas

So what does a poinsettia have to do with Christmas? One interpretation of the plant is as a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem, the heavenly body that led the three magi, or wise men, to the place where Christ was born. A Mexican legend tells of a girl who could only offer weeds as a gift to Jesus on Christmas Eve. When she brought the weeds into a church, they blossomed into the beautiful red plants we know as poinsettias, known as Flores de Noche Buena in Mexico (Spanish for “flowers of the holy night”).
Hew.. so I had a ton of fun with friends, I captured some pictures that my wife would love and I moved forward on “The Real Meaning of Christmas” in pictures project. See ya next time.

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As a Minnesota based photographer and artist I have been greatly influenced by the Upper Midwest. I focus my skills and energies on portraits, landscapes, cityscapes, architectural and fine art work. My best work comes from images first painted in my mind. I mull over a prospective image for weeks or months, seeing it from different angles and perspectives, then finally deciding what to capture. The result is images that deeply touch people's emotions and powerfully evoke memories and dreams. My images are used commercially by companies and organizations ranging from Financial Services firms, mom and pop Ice Cream shops and The Basilica of St Mary to communicate their shared vision and values. Book and magazine publishers have featured my images on their covers. My photographs also grace and enhance the decor of many fine homes.
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