Lily pond reflections

Nature paints such beautiful pictures!

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Another water-lily image from Gibbs Gardens.  This one shows a trio of pink lilies shining in the summer sun with reflections glowing in the surface of the pond they float in.

It is strange how we can look at something we’ve seen many times before and either walk by blindly or view it with new eyes and be amazed.  Flowers are like that, especially in places where elaborate landscaping is on display in many places.  You see flowers in large numbers along every sidewalk, at every shopping mall and at each front lawn.So, are they less beautiful because there are more of them?  No, we become jaded by over-exposure.

I think it is a basic requirement in trying to find happiness, that we are able to notice and appreciate the beauty in things regardless of how common or small they may be.  Paying attention to detail and not ignoring what is right in front of us is key to seeing the world as an awesome place.  When we are moving too fast, we fail to see the value in what is around us, particularly anything that isn’t “new”.

Going new places and seeing new things are great but, you have to live in the moment and appreciate your surroundings wherever you are to be able to get joy out of life.  Today, I will try to be present to the beauty that surrounds me and to be thankful for it.

Gibbs Gardens
1987 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

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

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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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