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