Common Beauty

The evening golden-hour makes everything look more interesting

I saw this lovely plant at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia on a summer evening.  The golden-hour light caught my eye.  Low angled sun beams cut across the white flowers and made them pop out from the dark background.  I love the contrasty light and beautiful color that you get at this time of day.  The beginning and end of the day when the sun is lower in the sky are just magical.

In many place, people have beautiful pink and/or blue flowers called hydrangea in their yards.  On the odd occasion, you may see a purple one but white like this are less common except in the Southeastern United States.  Hydrangea quercifolia or oak-leaf hydrangea are native to this part of the country.  For some reason the big-leaf or French Hydrangea are the ones that have been popular for gardeners and these native hydrangea ignored.

It is amazing to me how things that are plentiful are often considered “common”.  Not special enough to be worth considering.  Been there, seen that… But, what happens when you actually stop to look at the commonplace and consider what it really is?

So often we miss the beauty that surrounds us.  We spend our time looking for the new and exciting and fail to see what’s right in front of our noses.  I think it is time for all of us to slow down and open our eyes.  Build an appreciation for the value of the every day and you can find happiness in what you already have rather than being consumed by desire for what you lack.

Now, that is uncommon!

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

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Twilight in the Gardens

Here’s a question for you:  Is it really sunset if you can’t see the sun?  I guess it’s like that question about the tree falling in the forest, not sure if you don’t experience it.

I went out to Gibbs Gardens last weekend to do Twilight in the Gardens.  The gardens usually close at 5PM but occasionally, they stay open later and have live music and food for the guests.  On this particular evening, there was a bluegrass band playing and lots of folks were there enjoying an early Summer night.  I had it in my head that I was going to get a glorious sunset in this beautiful mountain setting with all the amazing landscaping….

The only problem is, Gibbs Gardens is not the wide-open spaces!  It is a lush garden in a densely wooded area.  Extremely beautiful but not a place to view the mountain landscape.  I had to satisfy myself with wonderful golden-hour light in hidden pockets here and there.

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I would definitely encourage anyone to take the hour drive from Atlanta up to Ball Ground and experience a twilight evening at Gibbs.  It’s a great way to spend a lazy summer’s night.  Just don’t expect to see the sunset from here.