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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Jewel of the Lily Pond

The Lily Pond at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is a serene spot that invites visitors to sit happily and enjoy the scenery.  This is one of the many beautiful blossoms that we saw on our visit last weekend.  It’s definitely somewhere we will go back to hopefully, soon.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400

Lavender Lily

The water lily garden at Gibbs Gardens is so tranquil and beautiful that I had to put one more image from there out.  The background is darkened to make the flower stand out more since I wanted people to see it rather than the water.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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Last day of Summer?

Tomorrow is the first day of Autumn but it’s not looking like a rapid change of seasons

This image was actually taken last month but it sure feels like we’re still in the middle of Summer around here!  I think it’s supposed to be in the 90’s today.  Technically, the first day of Autumn is tomorrow so maybe this is the last day of summer.

I have a funny feeling that the hot weather is not going to disappear by the end of the week.  Oh well, I guess we can just enjoy the flowers and watch the hummingbirds until they decide it is time to move one.  I am looking forward to fall though!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/1250 sec – ISO 640

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Floating flora

Summer is the time to admire gorgeous water lilies at Gibbs Gardens

Yes, it is very hot out but a walk though the manicured paths along the tranquil shoreline of pools filled with brilliant aquatic flowers will take your mind off the heat.  Even when the sun is beating down and we all are looking forward to the cool weather of autumn, the beauty of nature displayed at Gibbs Gardens draw visitors from all over the Atlanta area.

Just looking at the image above brings back vivid memories.  I see the still waters reflecting the shapes and colors to multiply the flower’s beauty.  Small drops bead up on the petals and remind us of the cool relief that water can bring.  If it wasn’t such a perfect vision of peacefulness, I would jump straight in and splash around.

Humm… I may be due for another visit.  Very soon!

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/2000 sec – ISO 640

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Heron on the hunt

A juvenile Green Heron looking for lunch at Gibbs Gardens lily ponds

We made a trip up to Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, Georgia this weekend.  Around the water-lily gardens many flowers were in bloom and there is always a variety of wildlife around the ponds.  We saw turtles, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies a plenty.  This was not at all unexpected but, then we saw the hunter.

At the edge of the lily pond was a bird inching along, his eyes trained on the water, taking small-careful steps as he tracked some unseen fish.  It is common to see birds flying around the gorgeous landscape here but this is the first time spotting a heron. It was really neat to watch him patiently follow the potential prey.

The first time I had seen a bird like this was at Sanibel Island, Florida.  The Green Heron (Butorides virescens)  is deep green on the back with a rich chestnut breast and neck. I think this may be a juvenile since adults do not usually have the pale streaking on the neck seen on this one.

While their cousins, the blue herons and snowy egrets are common sights in coastal Georgia and Florida, the green heron is more shy and harder to see so, we were very lucky to spot this one.  This particular bird seems to be a regular visitor at Gibbs Gardens since one of the employees saw my camera and asked me if I had gotten a picture of the heron as we were heading out.  I will have to be sure to see if he’s still around the next time we visit.

Green Heron (Butorides virescens)
Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f/6.3 – 1/100 sec – ISO 200

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