A little past the Peak

My second stop on the whirlwind photo tour this Saturday was Gibbs Gardens.  I was on my way to Big Canoe to shoot a wedding and this was so close, I just had to stop.  These gardens are always magnificent in the fall though, I missed the peak colors by about a week.  I had thought of going out the previous Sunday but the weather was pretty miserable and I put it off.

The colors were still fantastic but, the place was packed!  I could barely get through the visitor’s center to walk in and then had to squeeze through strolling groups to make my way into the heart of the gardens.  It was pure chance that I got this shot without people all over the place.  (There’s actually a family with at stroller in the distance if you look really close.)

I’m glad I took a few minutes to enjoy this before all the leaves are gone.

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/9 – 1/80 sec – ISO 200

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Not just waterlilies

While the waterlilies were the featured attraction on our latest visit to Gibbs Gardens, there were other flowers brightening the garden paths as well.  I’m not sure what variety this is but the relatively small white blossoms were beautiful to look at.  It was a bit challenging to get a good shot since the breeze was pushing their slender stems about regularly.  Hard to hit a moving target when you’re trying to get detail in sharp focus.

I’d say it’s not too bad a shot considering this was in the shade, hand-held and with that extra challenge of the wind.  In any case, this was just one of the many lovely flowers that still covers the garden paths up in Ball Ground.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

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Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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C’est la Vie

The Monet Waterlily Festival at Gibbs Gardens is also a celebration of French culture.  They had many fleur-de-lis and French tri-color flags fluttering in the breeze.  Along the main walkway that leads to the waterlily gardens, there were also two iconic French characters, a Mime and an Accordion player.

I have not yet visited France but this certainly brought to mind all the Hollywood representations of the country.  I’m sure they have mimes and accordions on every street corner, right?  When I finally get the chance to go there, I will be severely disappointed if this isn’t true!

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Hints of Autumn

The change of seasons is so different from one place to another.  Here in the Atlanta area, we experience seasonal turbulence during the time of change.  Temperatures can swing pretty widely on a daily basis so we can get all four seasons in a day or two and then switch back the next day.  With the month of October rolling in, I thought maybe we would start to see the colors changing in the trees.  Of course, here there is no consistency.  Some trees have dropped their leaves, some have hints of color and some are completely green.

On our walk through Gibbs Garden last Sunday, we only saw a couple of trees displaying fall colors and those were not really fully changed yet.  I hope we will start to see these changes more full over the next few weeks.  The gardens will have their Japanese Maples Colorfest in about two weeks so, I’m ready to go back and see that soon.  The gardens are beautiful as always but it looks mostly like Summer for the time being.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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A light in the darkness

The waterlily pond at Gibbs Gardens is a special place.  There are so many varied colors and shapes to look at and each of them is beautiful.  One of the challenges as well as the benefits of the way the garden is situated is how the light hits different areas.  Some spots are very shady, while others are full sunlight.  The areas in full sun really highlight the individual flowers but often, the highlights are too hot and the light is too harsh.

The spots that are shady tend to give you more pleasant results but the light can be difficult.  In this case, the sun cooperated by putting a little spotlight on the lily blossoms while leaving the surrounding pads mostly in the dark.  I like the contrast this provides and the fact that you can see lots of detail in the structure of the flower.  Often, mid-afternoon is a time of day that you don’t get the best light but there are isolated spots where you can still get some great images.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Lily pond reflections

As beautiful as the perfect pink lilies are, it was the ripples in the water that really caught my eye here.  The yellow and green stripes in the water just brought out the light and movement as the surface of the water was touched by a light wind.

I could have zoomed in more on the flowers but the water was just as interesting in this case.  I’m not sure everyone would agree with my choice here but this was the scene that I found most appealing.  That each of us can see different things when looking at nature is one of the things that makes it always appealing.  On my next visit, I’m sure I will see another aspect that captures my attention.  What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Monet Waterlily Festival

Joyce and I drove out to Gibbs Gardens to see what was going on for the first of their Fall Festivals.  Right now the focus is on the Water Lily gardens which are looking quite nice.  I thought this was one of the coolest lilies to see although, it was not open as fully as most of the others we saw.

The deep purple exterior with white interior and yellow stamen made it attractive to start with but the reflections of the surrounding trees really made the scene pop. Not sure if you agree but I thought this could have been a subject for a Monet painting.

I think we will be making more trips to Ball Ground as the autumn colors come in and fill the garden trees with the glory of Fall.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/9 – 1/15 sec – ISO 250