Waves of green

The Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is full of gorgeous orchids but, there are other plants in there that are equally interesting.  This is one that made me think of Mike Moats and his instructions on finding good patterns for macro subjects.  These leaves were so full of color and texture and there was a coating of water drops that made them glisten in the light.  Can’t get too much better than this!

I love how nature is so full of things that just make you say WOW when you look at them.  From the smallest thing to the most immense vista, nature never fails to make me full of awe and wonder.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
78mm @ f/16 – 1/30 sec – ISO 400

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Bird Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society

Joyce and I spent part of Saturday morning on a Bird Walk at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  This was an event sponsored by the Atlanta Audubon Society which went trough the Nature Center grounds and out on the private boardwalk along the Chattahoochee River.

It was a very informative and enjoyable morning but we didn’t actually see all that many birds.  We did see your basic stuff – robins, mockingbirds, towhee, etc and of course there were the captive birds in the aviary displays.  The image shown here is an Eastern Phoebe who we saw along the boardwalk area.

I hope they have more walks from the Nature Center in the future so we can see what other beautiful bird breeds are in the area.

Eastern Phoebe
(Sayornis phoebe)
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Roswell, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/11 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400

Lilies on fire

I posted an image of aquatic plant leaves from the lily pond at the Atlanta Botanical Garden a few days ago so, I had to show at least one of the lilies.  It really is amazing to look at these big showy flowers with all the different hues of color.  The lily pad leaves are a world to themselves with the texture and beautiful green and tinges of red.  It is hard to spend too much time admiring these plants.  If the gardens were not packed with so many other amazing sights, I might stay at this spot for the whole day.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/11 – 1/125 sec – ISO 200

A bundle of Sunshine

Some of the plants at the Atlanta Botanical Garden are exotic and rare and others are just beautiful to look at.  These glorious splashes of color are planted along the walkways in the Children’s Garden.  Not rare but definitely beautiful!

I love to examine things that are uncommonly beautiful when shown in extraordinary detail and with the right light.  Under these conditions, almost anything can be extremely beautiful.  It is fun to uncover that beauty and capture it to share with others.  That’s what I think photography is about.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/11 – 1/125 sec – ISO 200

Unmarked

Each time there is a major exhibit at Atlanta Botanical Garden, it seems that they acquire a permanent installation to remind people of what had been there before.  One of the biggest pieces from Chihuly in the Garden (2016) – the yellow-orange neon column called “Saffron Tower” is still in place.  It stands at the end of a beautiful reflecting pool which is planted with an array of flowers.  Most of these are prominently marked but for some reason, I couldn’t find a tag for this one.

The beautiful pink flowers were not very tall but they were just reaching out for the sun and I loved the way the light was rimming the buds hanging beneath the open blossom.

If anyone know what the name of this one is, I would love to know.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/9 – 1/25 sec – ISO 200

Tears of the Orchid

As I said yesterday, the Orchid Center at the Atlanta Botanical Garden is one of my favorite places.  The shapes and colors on these flowers are totally amazing!  There were a number of this variety showing off their beautiful blooms and glistening with water drops that are frequently sprayed on the plants in this environment.

I am glad that there are experts who know how to care for these plants and put them on display for people like me who have no idea how to do this.  I can sure appreciate them though and do my best to capture the beauty and share it with others.  We each have some talents and I know mine isn’t gardening.  Hopefully, the photography will make up for that lack.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/16 – 1/13 sec – ISO 400

Luck or skill?

Skill is essential, preparation is required but luck, well maybe luck is even better.

On our visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden we stopped by the Orchid Center which is one of my favorite spots here.  The front of the building was rather blocked up as they were preparing for a concert in the gardens and that is where the stage is set up.  In spite of all that, I walked around in front of the stage to see what was going on in the water lily pond that is always a great sight.

I got some great water lily shots but when we were about to leave, I spotted something that stopped me in my tracks.  The image above is a reflection of aquatic plant leaves partially submerged in the pond.  The texture and colors of these leaves were just spectacular and the mirror image made it irresistible.

If I had stuck with my original focus and only saw the lilies it would have been worth the stop but this was the icing on the cake!  I love it when a scene just jumps out at you when you weren’t even expecting it.  I will take the lucky accident whenever I can get it.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
240mm @ f/16 – 1/25 sec – ISO 200