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Public Gardens compact disc front cover
Public Gardens CD
Special Edition CD with over 1,440 pictures
showing the beauty of the Public Gardens
during Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter seasons

includes pictures of Public Gardens after Hurricane Juan

These pictures are great for visual stimulation, relaxation, screen savers, greeting cards, and more ...

"The Public Gardens is one of Halifax treasures. It is a refuge in an urban environment and a place to relax, unwind and appreciate the beauty of nature. These pictures are an attempt to capture the beauty of nature around us. I am deeply concerned that we destroy and pollute so much of natural beauty without realizing how important it is for our survival, well-being and health of our planet Earth ....

There are more than 700 full screen size (1024 x 768 pixels) pictures on this CD divided into 4 seasons. This is a culmination of 1.5 years of work, over 100 trips to the Public Gardens and a selection from about 8,000 pictures. Since the Public Gardens are closed in the winter, there are some additional pictures from other Halifax parks.

For your convenience a copy of a great picture-viewing software is included on the disc. The software allows you to see individual pictures or enjoy a slide show." Marek Roland, Ph.D., Digital Recordings

"This is a place we can too easily take for granted. These photographs remind us not to."
Gordon MacDonald, painter, Canada

"Various and artistic complement of seasonal photographs. These works are carefully considered, regarding composition, lighting and colour." Tom MacKay, painter, Canada

"Vibrant, vital, and stunning in its presentation, Marek's work captures those minute moments in which we behold the transcendence of life surrounding us." Donna Morrissey, writer, Canada

"I've just watched the "Public Gardens" CD and I think you did a great job .... the shots you took are absolutely fabulous. You have a good eye for what makes a good photo, and the technical ablilty to make the best of it .... " Bob Norburn, Red Inc., UK

"You should be proud of your photographs; you have certainly been able to capture the beauty of the Public Gardens .... " Peter J. Kelly, Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada

"I appreciate you taking the time to forward the updated version of the CD to me. Your photographic skills are truly wonderful .... " Peter J. Kelly, Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada

"In many issues of the 1835 Nova Scotian Joseph Howe encouraged our community to create a society of gardeners, appreciative of the variety and promise of nature. This site nourishes that vision." Bill Jordan, President, Friends of the Public Gardens, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

"I'm so sorry that you did not receive my acknowledgment sent last year that I had got your CD-ROM of the Public Gardens. The pictures are very special indeed. I can see how difficult it must have been for you to choose which one would be the cover pic .... I took some of the same shots when I visited the Gardens last year and do you know they have not come out at all like yours ! Thank you so much for the sight of the collection and lots of luck to you in your work. Every good wish." Ronald Sampson, CBE, Former Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands Government & Deputy Governor of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the New Hebrides, England

"This weekend I spend a few hours going through the beautiful photo CD you sent me. Living in a densely populated city surrounded by high rise building, these photos gave me this "breath of fresh air feeling". I was drawn deeply into the scene of every shot you took. Thanks very much." Ray Lo, audio mastering engineer, Hong Kong

"I am THRILLED with the "Public Gardens" CD. Our visit to the Public Gardens was a beautiful inspiration in the many aspects of artistic expression through flowers, water, sculpture, birds..... colors and designs.... The CD keeps it fresh in my mind and I am very grateful you produced it! .... Having the CD is a great way to see the Public Gardens again and again! Thank you!" Mrs. Sue Savage, USA

Samples from the Spring folder
Public Gardens Spring
There are over 210 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of this season.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.

Samples from the Summer folder
Public Gardens Summer
There are over 350 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of this season.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.

Samples from the Autumn folder
Public Gardens Autumn
There are over 110 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of this season.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.

Samples from the Winter folder
Public Gardens Winter
There are over 160 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of this season.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.


After Hurricane Juan

"On Sunday, September 28, 2003 the Halifax region was hit hard by Hurricane Juan. Wind speeds approached 200 km/hour. Considerable damage was caused to Halifax infrastructure and many trees fell. It is heart-breaking. In the Public Gardens 51 large trees fell, which is about 25%. In Point Peasant Park about 10,000-20,000 trees of all sizes fell (about 20%). Approximately 80% of all the large trees were destroyed. Considerable and un-warranted tree cutting in Point Pleasant Park by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency contributed greatly to the reduction of the forest's resistance to strong winds. Both parks are closed at this time and it will take several months to 1/2 year before they will re-open.

There is little doubt that we collectively contributed to this disaster. Relentless "development" and lack of environmental responsibility and regard for nature leads to global changes of water, soils and air. Solar radiation, winds and moisture are affected and influence the climat. In turn this leads to global warming, more violent weather conditions and the creation of more violent storms.

This special edition of the Public Gardens CD has more than 580 full screen size (1024 x 768 pixels) pictures documenting Hurricane Juan's destruction. They are divided into "Halifax", "Point Pleasant Park" and "Public Gardens". These pictures were taken with two digital and one 35mm cameras." Marek Roland, Ph.D., Digital Recordings

Samples from the Public Gardens folder (after Hurricane Juan)
Public Gardens Spring
There are over 220 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of the Public Gardens after Hurricane Juan.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.

Samples from the Point Pleasant Park folder (after Hurricane Juan)
Point Pleasant Park after Hurricane Juan
There are over 220 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of the Point Pleasant Park after Hurricane Juan.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.

Samples from the Halifax folder (after Hurricane Juan)
Halifax after Hurricane Juan
There are over 150 high-resolution (1024 x 768 pixels)
pictures of Halifax after Hurricane Juan.

To view 6 photo samples, click on the picture to the left.

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The Public Gardens CD is offered for $19.95 CAD plus shipping and handling.

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